2009 Langhe DOC Nebbiolo
Nebbiolo •Langhe DOC
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Mission Codename: Here Comes the Fog
Operative: Agent White
Objective: Acquire an exclusive allocation of an exclusive Nebbiolo for our operatives
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Filippo Gallino
Wine Subject: 2009 Langhe DOC Nebbiolo
Langhe DOC in Italy’s Piedmont overlaps the same regions as Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera d’Alba. The red wines from Langhe DOC can blend specifically approved (including Dolcetto, Barbera, Freisa, along with some non-domestic grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) with the base local varietal Nebbiolo. Given the more flexible rules, the wines from Langhe are the Piedmont’s version of the popular Super Tuscan. This DOC was established in 1994, the DOC occupies mush of the province of Cuneo.
Today’s selection is a 100% Nebbiolo, the region’s most prolific and admired grape, is grown on the family’s 20 hectare low-yield vineyard, carefully harvested by hand and is aged is stainless steel letting the purity and character of the fruit to be fully revealed.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Bright ruby red with subtle garnet streaks and reflections in its clear core. Lighter ruby red with orange and pinkish hues along the edges and when swirled, slow medium-thick legs cling to the side of the glass.
Smell – Bright aromas of fresh red fruit including red cherry, raspberry and strawberry with notes of dried plum and raisin as well. Zesty wild anise, sweet and hot spice and floral rose petals invites a sip.
Feel – Well structured tightly etched tannins and vibrant acidity linger with its distinct textured minerality makes this medium bodied dry wine perfect for pairing with food.
Taste – Fresh, sweet and tart red fruit including red Italian cherry, raspberry along with the dried plum and raisin from the nose blend with zesty hot spicy pepper and other sweet spices. The acidity and mineral framework holds the fruit as other complex flavors emerge.
Finish -Very long and clean with the fresh red fruit fading with the mouth coating and expansive textured minerality lingering on the palate.
Conclusion – The 2009 Filippo Gallino Langhe DOC Nebbiolo is a wine that showcases the Nebbiolo grape in its purest form. Unconstrained by oak, the fresh red fruit, spice and texture provides a racy drinking experience. This wine is a perfect food wine and will go perfectly with anything from creamy cheeses, spicy pastas or lighter meats. Enjoy now (let it breathe for 30 minutes to open) or cellar for 3-5 years.
Guest Review – Agent Korny
Filippo Gallino Langhe Nebbiolo Piedmont region of Italy – Stainless steel fermentation gives this fabulous wine a mineraly taste followed by fresh red fruit flavors. The first sip delivers a spicy prune taste followed by strawberry, raspberry and a bit of blueberry flavors. Tannic with a round, supple, “warm” mouth-feel, this easy-drinking red pairs well with your favorite pasta with marinara sauce or an aged, sharp, nutty table cheese from Italy called Piave.
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WINEMAKER INTEL BRIEFING DOSSIER
SUBJECT: Lorenzo Quinterno
WINE JOB BRIEF: I work at getting the most from the potential of the grape.
WINE-MAKING PHILOSOPHY: To highlight the typicity the grape
WINEMAKER QUOTE: “Wine is one of the most civilized thing in the world.” Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon – 1932
FIRST COMMERCIAL WINE RELEASE: Locorotondo D.O.C. 1984
AGENT WHITE: Greetings, Lorenze. We are thrilled to be showing your delicious 2009 Langhe D.O.C. Nebbiolo today. Thanks so much for taking some time to answer questions for our Operatives today.
LORENZO: Thank you! We are excited to be featured on The Wine Spies again.
WHITE: Was there a specific experience in your life that inspired your love of wine?
LORENZO: The example of my parents and grandparents, wine producers for about 150 years
WHITE: What wine or winemaker has most influenced your wine-making style?
LORENZO: Matthew Correggia who through our friendship prodded me to always improve.
WHITE: Who do you make wine for?
LORENZO: For myself and friends, hoping that they are also my clients.
WHITE: Please tell me a little bit about the wine we are featuring today.
LORENZO: It is wine made with in the traditional wine-making style and aged in stainless steel. It shows a ruby red color and nuances of garnet. The nose is fruity, slightly spicy with hints of roses. On the palate it is warm, tannic with a good balance of acidity, long, dry, with a pleasant finish of berries.
WHITE: What is your favorite pairing with today’s wine?
LORENZO: This wine goes well with many dishes from a simple pasta dish to meats both red and white.
WHITE: In your opinion, what makes the Langhe region so special?
LORENZO: The uniqueness of the wines of this region is due to the altitude of its hills, its micro-climate and the substrata of soil that leaves an indelible mark on the wines obtained from it.
WHITE: What is occupying your time at the winery these days?
LORENZO: Work in the vineyards and cellars
WHITE: How would you recommend people approach your wines and wine in general?
LORENZO: Wine is a living material, so every bottle has its own history, the approach must ’be of interest and curiosity.
WHITE: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our operatives?
LORENZO: A glass of our 2009 Nebbiolo Langhe together.
WHITE: Thank you so much for your time. We learned a lot about you – and your wine. Keep up the great work, we are big fans!
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The location of Filippo Gallino in the Roero just north of Alba can be seen in this satellite photo.
What the Winery Says
About This Wine:
Filippo Gallino Langhe Nebbiolo is characterized by a garnet color with orange-tinged highlights. It has a bouquet of forest fruits, prune and spice. Although the taste is quite tannic, it is supple and warm, and the finish perfectly compliments the fragrance. Ideal for everyday drinking, or with pasta and meat-based dishes.
About The Winery:
The Gallino family has been growing grapes and making wine in the Roero district for many generations. Filippo Gallino was the first to produce and bottle his own wine for the market, and he still remains active in the winery operation. His son Gianni, now the vineyard manager and winemaker, has successfully brought this small family operation to the highest level of the Piemontese wine scene.
Appellation: Langhe D.O.C.
Varietals: 100% Nebbiolo
Vineyard: Estate covers 20 hectares. Soil is clay-like with strands of sand. Cultivation system is Guyot; 7-8 fruit buds per plant.
Harvest: October by hand.
Vinification: Vinification and refinement in stainless steel tanks.