This Week We Were Flor’d By Alpine Nebbiolo + 15% Off All Orange Wines
This Week We Were Flor’d By…
2020 Barbacàn IGT Alpi Retiche Rosso
– Was $39, Now $35
“It’s no secret that I love Nebbiolo. For me, these wines are a near perfect interplay of fruit, floral, and earth tones. What I don’t love about this varietal, is how long one has to wait for the wines to achieve this balance. While I wait for my esteemed Barolo’s to hit their stride, I seek out alpine Nebbiolo from Boca or Carema in Piemonte to those originating from today’s offer: the Valtellina in Lombardia.
The Valtellina is an important region for Nebbiolo (or Chiavennasca as the locals refer to it). Much like Piemonte, Valtellina has established viticultural sub-zones considered to be the best sources for the highest quality Valtellina wine. While labelled with the modest IGT Alpi Retiche designation, this Rosso is sourced from Valgella which along with Grumello, Sassella, Inferno and Maroggia produce stunning wines with serious cellaring potential. But for today, we are focusing on the now, and this wine now is absolutely singing!
Highly expressive notes of pluots, cherry pits, rose petal, maitakes, mint, and iron leap from the glass. The palate is harmonious with a charged acidity that introduces a seriously mineral-forward silky/juicy profile that fades into a mild, yet elegant, velvet-like tannic touch. The finish is lengthy with exit notes of hibiscus, underripe strawberries and forest floor.
While it’s easy to be seduced by its easy-drinking, fresh and elegant profile, this is a deceptively complex wine. And if you’ve ever wondered what Nebbiolo (ahem…Chiavennasca) would taste like if it were planted in Morgon’s Côte du Py (I’m pretty sure I’m the only person that’s ever entertained that), then this wine is for you.”
About The Producer
Barbacàn is Angelo Sega and his sons Luca and Matteo. The Sega men are grower-producers, the vanguard of Valgella, with a passion stronger than the mountains they work. It is not easy land to work, nor does the climate assist. Steep terraced vineyards 400+ meters above sea level that involve tremendous amounts of hard, back-breaking work to obtain and maintain, ‘heroic viticulture’ as the Italians call it. From vineyard to bottle, their strength, passion and hard work is evident.
They practice organic viticulture and are waiting to be certified. Replanting comes from the cuttings of their own vines to maintain and the preserve the authenticity of their particular clone of Nebbiolo (Chiavennasca). Cellar work is minimal; the wines are allowed to mature at their own pace.