2010GermanoNebbiolo2010 Angelo Germano, Visette, Langhe Nebbiolo DOC, Piedmonte, Italy.
Germano has been making Barolo in La Morra since 1908 and they craft an impressive array of wines from the region, including this wonderful Langhe Nebbiolo Visette that really is drinking fantastic. Grown in the Barolo zone and from quality vines the stunning 2010 Nebbiolo from Germano is without question an amazing value and complex offering, highlighting the sublime vintage for Barolo and with the benefit of being a no quilt wine and with silky tannins and open nature it is a real pleasure to enjoy in it’s youth. The 2010 is lively and vibrant with ripe, almost succulent fruit, it comes in at a healthy 14.5% alcohol, so this is not a wimpy or lean watered down version of Nebbiolo, this wine has some force, density and Barolo like charms. Best with food of course this stylish red starts with a mix of dried flowers, amaro like herbal notes with currant, cherry and red berry fruit leading the way along with a sweet plumy core and mineral tones, plus cedar, minty licorice, porcini and earthy/savory elements. The color is dark red with a deep center with bright edges hinting at the classic orange/brick, this is a glorious example of varietal and terroir, drink over the next 5 to 7 years, best from 2015 to 2021, Germano is not always easy it find, imported by Tanaro River Imports, but it certainly is worth the hunt to get these wines!
($29 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

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