Roberto Bianco has some outstanding vinyeards within the Barbaresco DOCG….the farm is located in the steep Ovello zone and the fruit, in the past, was sold to the local cooperative until Roberto took over from his Father, Mauro.
Traditionally produced, eschewing market pressures and steering to their own course…the Bianco’s focus on the vineyard and trying to get the most out of the variety without pandering to the “pointed” pressures of the wine press.
Subdued, brick red the 2007 Langhe Nebbiollo displays a enchanting, heady nose of savoury, sour red cherry & red plum fruits, spice, bay leaf, earth, dried flowers and leather with some distant forest floor & grilled meat characters.
Sit’s at the lighter end of the medium-bodied spectrum in the mouth with sour dried cherry and red currant fruit sheathed in spice, vanilla and leather with hints of loam and scattered herbs. The mid-palate has a sweet & sour lean and the wine wraps up with a bright, sapid line of minerally acidity and characteristic pippy Nebbiolo tannins.
The finish lingers through nicely with impressions of savoury red-fruits and gentle, old oak nuance…..you know the old oak nuance I mean….like the smell of your Father or Grandfathers wood working workshop in the shed…that heady, woody aroma that just makes you smile in recognition and fond memories.
It’s a lovely, comforting drinking….structure-wise it’s kind of like a Burgundy meets Barbaresco love in….and that can’t be a bad thing at all. Super value.