2012 De Forville, Langhe Nebbiolo DOC, Piedmonte, Italy.
This delicious Nebbiolo is crafted from young vines in the Barbaresco Crus of Rabaja and Loreto from great terroirs, this is a steal and delightful youthful wine that delivers top quality and style for a nice price. There is a way to go here before saying you are getting a full fledged Cru Barbaresco for $24, but it certainly is an appealing Nebbiolo that goes a bit further than most Langhe Nebbioli in this price class, and all of De Forville’s wines offer a great honest value from their refined Langhe Chardonnay to their to Barbaresco Cru selections. I have always adored their basic Barbaresco, but this 2012 Langhe Nebbiolo really does impress, especially being so young and from a difficult vintage, it gives plenty of fruit upfront and intriguing classic characteristics to keep you thinking, and begs to be enjoyed now. With blackberry, spiced damson plum and raspberry flavors to go with a core of cherry fruit the 2012 De Forville Langhe Nebbiolo shows well in the glass, along with salted licorice, soy, briar and wilted rose petals, as well as some earthy tones and hints of leather, truffle and dusty chalk. This bright and fresh style Nebbiolo should entertain for a number of years, best between 2014 and 2018.
($24 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive
avail at www.sfwtc.com ($22.95)