2022 Mauro Veglio, Langhe Nebbiolo DOC, Angelo, Piemonte, Italy.
The traditionally crafted Veglio “Angelo” Langhe Nebbiolo DOC comes from the estate’s youngest and most vigorous vineyards sourced in the townships of La Morra and Monforte d’Alba as well as Roero, all good terroir for Nebbiolo, as this one shows with classic varietal character and depth. The smooth and opulent 2022 Angelo, while easy to love, is nicely serious too with layers of brandied cherries, damson plums, red currants and strawberries on the medium/full palate, along with crushed rose petals, creamy tannin, tar, minty herbs, salted black licorice and a touch of cedary wood. Alessandro Veglio took over the winery and brought this inheritance parcels with him. These vines, located, as the winery notes, in mainly the Eastern slopes in the Barolo zone and set on classic marls (clay and limestone) and sandy soils, it has proven itself capable of producing an outstanding wines such as this one, and its a good one for faithful Nebbiolo enthusiasts. This dark ruby and garnet Nebbiolo is delicious and pure, I highly recommend it and it’s even better with food, where it can really strut its stuff and open up completely.

I discovered the Mauro Veglio wines only in the 2017 vintage, they offer a stylish series of Barolo wines, from many highly regarded Cru sites, as well as a terrific normal Barolo bottling from the younger vines that is an awesome bargain. As noted before here, Veglio makes a very nice set of Barbera and Dolcetto wines, as well as this exceptional value “Angelo” Langhe Nebbiolo, which I just opened at home. Veglio, a traditional winery with a long family history going back generations in the Piemonte region, typically get a maceration on the skins in stainless steel tanks before the grapes are pressed with fermentation in stainless tanks as well, lasting about 6 days, with its malolactic fermentation also taking place in the tanks to preserve aromatics and fresh details. While the Barolo offerings get their two years of aging in a combination of wood casks, the Langhe Nebbiolo is bottled after a short period in used small barrel and another resting period back in tank before bottling, which is unfined and unfiltered. This 2022, which is already drinking fabulous, is a wine to stock up on for the next two or three years, but I am now very excited to dig into Veglio’s upcoming Barolo wines!
($25 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

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