2012cascinavaldelpretelino2012 Cascina Val del Prete, Roero Nebbiolo, Vigna di Lino, Piedmonte, Italy.
Classic and timeless in style the latest release from Cascina Val del Prete is a wonderful and concentrated Nebbiolo with layers upon layers of terroir and varietal purity with exquisite detail, power and length. The 2012 Roero Vigna di Lino starts with tar, dried rose petal, spicy lavender, poached plum, loamy earth, game and tangy red currants building on the palate with mulberry, cedar, black salted licorice and kirsch soaked violets. This is a rich, intense and full bodied Nebbiolo that is stunningly almost Barolo like in impact and attention grabbing form, but with fine balance, firm tannins, highlighting the vintage with vibrant, almost juicy, acidity and mineral laced charms. Over the years I’ve enjoyed many wines for this traditional producer, especially their awesome Barbera wines that can age with gorgeous effect for 10 to 15 years, but I think they’ve reached a new level with this 2012 Roero Vigna di Lino, this is a beauty and certainly a must have wine for Nebbiolo fans! This impressive an earthy Nebbiolo has amazing potential for mid to long term development, and even though it is taught and tight with youthful vigor it can be enjoyed even now, though it will need decanting and robust cuisine to bring out it’s glorious best, drink from 2020 to 2032, this is an impressive wine!
($45 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

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