One of our favourite regions in the world for red wine is Piemonte. It is a beautiful, interesting place to visit, and produces so many fine wines. Barolo is arguably the most well known wine, but this can sometimes be quite expensive. If your budget does not stretch to that then it is worth looking out for other alternatives such as this Nebbiolo from Corino Giovanni Corino di Giuliano.
Nebbiolo is the same grape which is used to make Barolo, but from slightly different sites, which makes this much more affordable, as you are not paying for the prestigious name of Barolo. Corino began in the 1950s as sharecroppers, which many farmers were in that time. The vineyards have remained in the family since then. Since the 1980s, the implementation of investment and improved techniques have seen these wines flourish.
The fruit for this wine comes from the La Morra area, an area famed for its floral, elegant wines. It is 100% Nebbiolo, and aged in steel for 10 months to let it settle and mature gracefully before release. The 2017 vintage was quite hot, and has resulted in plenty of generous fruit.
For best results we would decant this wine, as it helps to soften the sometimes firm structure of Nebbiolo. It has plenty of dark cherry fruit, combined with spice and an earthiness which is very attractive. It is really vibrant and concentrated when first opened, then it mellows in the glass. This is a great new find.
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