Grapes for Settimo's Langhe Nebbiolo come from the youngest vineyards in the area they grow Nebbiolo for Barolo. The main difference is the vinification - the Langhe Nebbiolo undergoes a shorter maceration on the skins and is not wood-aged, so its tannins are those found naturally in the Nebbiolo grape itself. With good wine-making this can result in a well-structured and approachable wine that is versatile with food and ready to drink without needing to be aged.
The 2012 Langhe Nebbiolo is typically delicious and complex. Bright ruby red with garnet nuances, it has masses of typical aromas of cherry, raspberry, plum and violet. The palate is also fruity and floral, with well-integrated smooth tannins creating a medium to full bodied wine of good structure and remarkable softness. Liquorice, tar, cocoa and blueberry also come through on the palate in a long finish. Particularly excellent with beef, gamey flavours, mushroom dishes and milder sheep and goat cheeses.
100% Nebbiolo, vinified according to tradition: short fermentations on the skins (8-10 days) and 46 months ageing in concrete tanks.