Seghesio Barolo 2016 / nebbiolo
|I have easily come to the conclusion that Barolo 2016 is a vintage to invest in. In a vintage such as 2016 there are over-achievers on practically every level, from Barolo Classico to the most admired crus. WALTER SPELLER
An under the radar gem, the (Seghesio) 2016 Barolo is a gorgeous wine and also a terrific value in high-end, artisan wine… ANTONIO GALLONI
Barolo’s ability to age and metamorphose into a beautiful beast is one of the greatest hallmarks of aging wine. Flavours move into tertiary tones of earth and leather and tannins lengthen, forming silken chains. So when a glorious vintage like 2016 comes along from ‘an under the radar gem’ then you should take note.
To get a Barolo of this quality under $100 – the stars really have aligned. Classical Barolo from a classical vintage at an exceptional price.
Riccardo Seghesio is a local Piedmontese. At the demise of sharecropping, his father bought a few plots just down from the Monforte chapel. He worked the vines, selling his crop to the local co-operative. His sons, Riccardo and Aldo set about to make their own wine when they took charge.
Today Riccardo is supported by his niece and nephews – Michaela, Marco and Sandro in Monforte d’Alba making timeless Barolos, classical in their composure.
Classically styled Barolos tend to pull on the heart strings of many wine lovers. There’s a rigidity to their youthful tannins that demands attention and patience. To offset the sternness, top notes of florals and fresh earth appear and overtime a silky tannin thread forms. There’s also a clarity to the fruit, due to the lack of oak blanketing.
These are wines you want to put away for a celebratory birthday or anniversary. Something you can forget about for a decade and reward you and your friends upon opening. Serve it over a slow and languid lunch with friends and a homemade lasagne. Let these two be the centrepiece of the meal, warming up with a negroni.
The hype about the 2016 vintage is real. This will be one of our last offers from this outstanding vintage.
We’ve only got a smattering of this glorious Barolo. Save over 20% when you buy it in a six pack, making it $85 a bottle. Or single bottles are $99 each.
Nebbiolo is an enigmatic grape variety; capable of greatness but only when the right site and climatic conditions converge. When that happens, as it does in the Piemonte region in Italy's North-West, the wines combine aromatic beauty with power and longevity. Its most famous expression is as the grape behind Barolo and Barbaresco.
Not one for travel, Nebbiolo is a grape connected to its homeland. It's been stubborn and unwilling to replicate the great heights it achieves in the region of Piedmont, in the fascinating wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. This province is famous for hazelnuts, white truffles and its rich cooking and eating traditions.
The Piedmont region has been influenced by French Savoyard history, its proximity to Italian royalty, and the late-blooming industrial wealth of post-war manufacturing booms in Turin and Milan. The rolling hills around the small village of Alba known as the Langhe, are a UNESCO world heritage area. Honouring the transmission of distinctive living cultural traditions. No surprise that this region was a key catalyst in the birth of the Slow Food movement.
The Nebbiolo harvest occurs in late October as the autumn mist and fog descends. Its wine shows a shimmering smoky pale ruby tint in the glass and has a capacity to age for decades. Thanks to its persistent tannins and bracing acidity. It is hauntingly perfumed, evolving in the glass in ways that transfix its followers.
Sustained interest in the wines, has seen even junior appellations like Langhe Nebbiolo fetching high prices, but you'll also find accomplished Nebbiolo elsewhere. Upper Piedmont (Alto-Piemonte) in the north (Gattinara, Ghemme, Boca), as well as the Valtellina alpine terraces of Lombardy, here known as Chiavennasca.
It's also successfully grown in other parts of the world including New Zealand, California and Australia. In the latter case, the best results are coming from the Adelaide Hills, King Valley and Heathcote.
These wines need to be tamed with time in the cellar, especially the premium versions. With age they take on complexing characters such as tobacco, tar and leather. Their tannins elongate and converge, forming silk like chains. And they demand food, a perfect partner for richer meaty dish.
It pays to think ahead when drinking nebbiolo. Buy now to enjoy later.
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