A wine that I just couldn’t get enough of Literally, I bought out the remaining stock. Very cool back story, two friends began the vineyard in the early 70’s in were then responsible for the appellation getting DOC status in 79’. Given their role in the founding of the appellation, the owners thought it would be a conflict of interest to sell their wines so there is a significant catalog of back vintages that slowly hit the market. So per my shop owner this can be exceedingly hard to find at least for now. The exact proportions of the blend are unknown, but records from the property suggest they had planting’s of 60% Nebbiolo, 20% Croatina, 10% of each Uva Rara and Vespolina and used all their planting’s in this bottling. From my point of the majority is Nebbiolo, but is 100% delicious. I couldn’t stop smelling it as it’s showing tertiary flavors on the nose and palate. Floral notes lead the way to leather, tobacco, spice notes, and ample black fruits. Great structure and balance. Buy it if you see it. — 2 months ago
Holy this wine. Bea is after all the first three letters of beautiful. The tannins, the flowers the holy you snuck a tomato into that fermenting vat right? notes of this that scream Sangiovese are balanced by the...crunch? The crunch yes of Sagrantino and Montepulciano. Beyond the balsamic laced tomato plate is an earth covered cherry. It is full still graceful. This one is a muscular dancer. Far too easy to gulp but is that so wrong? — 8 days ago
60% Nebbiolo, 25% Barbera & 15% Croatina
Color is crazy, not of a wine only 4 years of age, translucent red, but with ruby-brown edges, indicative of a wine at likely 10-12 years of age.
Nose is lightly acidic cherry and minerals, lovely for budget Alto Piemonte.
Palate is ripe cherry and lightest hint of oak so barely noticeable. Still concentrating flavors after a recent decant, improvement expected. — 3 hours ago
Where most Sangiovese remains either magical and rare to find/ afford or just simple, green and utterly boring, this version represents something else. Silky tannins, caressing red fruits and just wonderful to drink young. A great, inviting and personal version, which more producers should aim for. — 14 hours ago
Thursday night Rosso to go with a simple pasta dish tonight. Notes forthcoming...
Color is a very deep purple, looking like one of those wines you're going to be cautious with spillage, likely a permanent stainer.
Nose is still tight, giving up dark berry fruits and green pepper right now. (Update, vegetal/methoxypyrazine aromas have dissipated, loads of black fruits are flowing out of the glass.)
Palate is all blackberry, black cherry and sweet blueberry, tannins are quite gentle.
I'm expecting some improvement as we gain more air time tonight. BTW $12, this wine's a steal, I always love finding budget wines that really deliver! — 10 days ago
I love this wine but the 11 is a little over oaked at the moment, that said @ £54 it’s a solid performer 😉
🏵 93-4 points
🍇 Mostly Sangiovese w/ drop of Trebbiano
🍷 Opaque ruby
👃 Red berries, green stalks, blackberry & currant, cherry, rich soaked smoked charred oak, menthol & roses w/ raspberry, minerals, sweet cedar & mint
👄 Med creamy body of ripe blackcurrant w/ a cocoa touch into a minty herby freshness & a balsamic tone
🎯 Med+ dark fruits & red berry in a balsamic bath w/ a fresh clean & touch dry mineral oak finale — 11 days ago