2010 De Forville, Nebbiolo d’ Alba “San Rocco” Piedmonte, Italy.
This beautiful Nebbiolo is classic in style and structure, in essence a pure wine full of true Barbaresco charm and grace. I am really becoming a fan of this winery, as I get a chance to try them, and this 2010 Nebbiolo especially excites with textured layers and firm acidity and tannins holding the clear fruit together nicely. The nose starts with dried roses and tea spices along with fresh cherries, mint and truffle before a palate of tangy plum, cherry and strawberry fruits while mineral, tar, licorice and earthy elements play in the background. This wonderfully focused wine will age nicely for many years, but I really dig it’s force and vigor now and would happily spend a few evenings exploring it further. Not many Nebbiolo’s deliver as much complexity, style and quality for this price, so definitely search out De Forville!
($24 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

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