Aurelio Settimo Nebbiolo Langhe 2016

Aurelio Settimo Nebbiolo Langhe 2016
£27.00 / bottle£307.80 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: Italy
Grape variety: Nebbiolo
Wine region: Piedmont
Wine Type: Red Wine
Wine style: Smooth Elegant Red
Drink: now to 2028
Unoaked
Cork
ABV: 13.5%

Tasting Notes

If you are a fan of Barolo, give this wine a try; it is nicknamed "baby Barolo" by winemaker, Tiziana Settimo. It is made from the same grape, Nebbiolo, though the grapes come from younger vineyards; yields are kept at the same levels as the Aurelio Settimo Barolo and there is a shorter maceration on the skins but the biggest difference is that it is not aged in oak.

This vintage is drinking beautifully now and still developing & improving if you prefer to hang on to it for a while. This is, as you would expect, like a Barolo but with slightly with less intense aromas af flavours including raspberries, ripe black cherries with a hint of violet and chocolate. As this wine is unoaked, the only tannins come from the grape itself and whilst tannins are naturally high in the Nebbiolo grape, good wine-making and age mean that they are well integrated (so not drying on the palate) and provide a good structure to this wine. Medium-bodied and really beautiful.

If you really want to treat yourself why not try Aurelio Settimo's Barolo.

Food Pairing

Recommended to drink with game, goose, steak, braised beef, delicately flavoured offal, mushrooms and milder cheeses including goats' and sheeps' cheese

Producer's Notes

"Our 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo is deep ruby red with a delicate nose of violets and wild berries. A full-flavoured wine, with silky tannins giving good balance and highlighting its structure.

Langhe Nebbiolo is produced from grapes grown on the younger vineyards facing South-East, in the same area as the Nebbiolo used to make Barolo. The maximum yield ... is also the same.

Compared to the Barolo of the same vintage, the Langhe Nebbiolo undergoes a shorter maceration on the skins, and is not matured in wood. Its attractive tannins are therefore those found naturally in the Nebbiolo grape itself, and the wine has good structure. It is normally ready to drink without needing to be aged."

Awards

92 points     JamesSuckling.com     Aug 2020
"A nebbiolo that tastes more like Barolo with its intense fruit and chewy tannins. It’s full and structured. Dusty tannins. Serious. Still needs another year to soften. Try in 2021."

This wine was described to Jancis Robinson as 'My little Barolo’, by Tiziana Settimo (daughter of Aurelio) who runs the estate now – "...because it is made in exactly the same way as for the normal Barolo, but from young vines and without any oak. Eight days of skin maceration including alcoholic fermentation."

This wine is produced from the same grape, Nebbiolo, as Barolo and in a similar way except that it is not aged in oak.  It is still aged for 36 months before release which gives it complex flavours of cherries, chocolate and violet and a long, smooth finish. Ages further in bottle too.

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