May is quite and exciting time in Piedmont! Not only are the vineyards blooming and spring is both in the air and our step, but it’s time for the release of the newest vintages of Nebbiolo!
The Nebbiolo Prima will be the first, official presentation of the newest vintage(s) of Nebbiolo from the premier DOCG regions Roero, Barolo, and Barbaresco.
Roero’s DOCG regulations are:
Roero DOCG: Min 95% Nebbiolo, aged min 20 months with 6 months in barrel, min 12.5% abv.
Roero Riserva DOCG: 100% Nebbiolo, aged min 32 months with 6 months in barrel, min 12.5%abv.
Thus, for Roero, the new vintages being released now are Roero 2012 and Roero Riserva 2011.
2011: The 2011 is a very interesting and complete vintage, as it has an excellent balance between tannins/richness. The 2011 wines are those that are easy to drink now, but thanks to the presence of tannins, this is a vintage that can also be aged for a long period.
2012: As for 2012, this is surely the most fruit-rich vintage of the last 15 years. It is rich in blackberry/raspberry aromas, with notes of undergrowth in general. The fruit aromas can also be perceived in the mouth, with sweet and elegant tannins, which make the wine a great nebbiolo, with all the characteristics of the elegant reds of Roero.
We look forward to raising these glasses with you for many years to come!