Langhe Nebbiolo 2019
Langhe Nebbiolo is not only one of the greatest values in Piedmont, but often serves as a barometer for the seriousness and talents of a producer. Trediberri’s is unquestionably one of the best available. Primarily from their vineyards in La Morra and Roero, this Nebbiolo is also sourced from alongside their Dolcetto vines in Vicoforte. As winemaker Nicola Oberto exclaims, this is “a wine that’s meant to be easy, but certainly not trivial.” It’s delightfully food friendly, playing just as nicely with charcuterie as it does with a rich ragu.
Along with the Nebbiolo grown alongside the Barbera and Dolcetto, the Langhe Nebbiolo highlights the estate’s namesake vineyard on the extreme western side of Piedmont: Berri. While there is much evidence of ancient winemaking activity on the fringes of Berri, the area was all but abandoned in the 1960s. The begining of the 21st century brought renewed interest from growers like Mauro Molino and Renato Ratti, who recognized Berri’s perfect exposure, elevation and cooling breezes. Less than a mile from the Tanaro River, and the soil reflects that with pebbles, limestone and sandstone outcroppings.
Fermentation lasts about two weeks and takes place in concrete. The wine is further aged in a mix on steel and concrete, but never wood.
Bright and fruit driven, the Langhe Nebbiolo layers in complex notes of bright rose petals and red cherries.
Like all great Nebbiolo, the balance of firm structure and bright acidity makes this a great choice for the dinner table. Cured meats, rich pasta dishes and hard cheeses come to mind. That said, this is a rare Nebbiolo that is light enough on it’s feet to be enjoyed without food too.
Wine Advocate - September 9, 2020 "The Trediberri 2019 Langhe Nebbiolo is a pleasurable and approachable wine that offers plenty of varietal purity. You absolutely taste the Nebbiolo grape with its classic aromas of forest berry, white licorice and dusty earth. The wine offers everything you look for in an entry-level red: informality, elegance and personality. The wine shows some structure, so I suggest a pairing with foods heavy in melted mozzarella or other creamy cheese."
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Working with just over three acres of vines in this famed vineyard, Rocche Dell’Annunziata is not just home for Trediberri, but also its heart. To hear winemaker Nicola Oberto speak passionately of this vineyard is to hear him discuss a lifelong love affair. He was literally born in front of the vineyard, with memories of kicking a soccer ball around the muddy vines at four years old. Like any wine of this stature, this Barolo will age for decades, but unlike many of its peers, it delivers immediate pleasure too.
Like all wines from Trediberri, the Barolo possesses a thorough line of elegance and purity. Notable for its drinkability and finesse, even at a young age, there is no doubt that this wine will develop gracefully over the years. Trediberri aims for a “weightless” power to the wine, which is meant to typify the best of La Morra. Starting with the 2019 vintage, 96% of fruit comes from their Berri vineyards, with the remainder from Torriglione, the North East facing hill immediately outside their cellar that completes the Rocche dell’Annunziata amphitheater. As such, the Trediberri team decided to label their flagship Barolo as Barolo Berri.
Like all wines from Trediberri, the Barolo possesses a thorough line of elegance and purity. Notable for its drinkability and finesse, even at a young age, there is no doubt that this wine will develop gracefully over the years. Trediberri aims for a “weightless” power to the wine, which is meant to typify the best of La Morra.
The grapes for this Barbera are sourced from the sandier soils of Roero and several vineyards just outside the hamlet of Torriglione. Like the Dolcetto, fermentation takes place in concrete and stainless steel tanks and only uses indigenous yeasts. Interestingly, the Barbera is the only varietal at Trediberri that is subjected to an aggressive green harvest. The resulting wine is rich and round, and the absence of oak brings intense purity.
Trediberri’s first vintage of Dolcetto was in 2019, and was received with much enthusiasm. Starting with a grand cru, single vineyard site in the grape’s spiritual home of Dogliani, the fruit is then fermented in concrete to preserve freshness and purity the terroir. The final wine bursts with the kind of acidity that shines at the dinner table.