Grape: 100% Nebbiolo. Region: Italy> Piedmonte> d’Alba> San Rocco Vyd. Notes: Sustainable farming. 250 cases in the U.S.
Description: This very special cuvée originates from vines located in the commune of San Rocco d’Elvio which is perched on a hilltop in between the Barbaresco and Barolo zones. Effectively, we consider this wine to be the “Barolo” of the De Forville estate as its structure more closely resembles that of Barolo than it does Barbaresco. The tannins are more firm, the fruit darker, the wine more somber. Handled in a fashion similar to the vinification of the Barbarescos made at the estate, the wine undergoes a longer fermentation and elevage than does the Langhe Nebbiolo and is released later.
Crimson and garnet color with intense aromas (after 15 minutes of aeration). Cedar wood and ripe red cherry bouquet. Medium to full-bodied wine with sturdy, chewy tannins (high). Upfront flavors of dried black trumpet mushrooms with layers of tar, cigar-box, and tobacco. Cherry compote and red apple skin on the finish.