Close to Alba (Cuneo), on the beautiful Langhe hills, there is the family wine-farm Manera that since generations vinifies the best wines from Piedmont such as Barbera, Barbaresco, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo d’Alba d.o.c. 2009, the wine we are about to taste today.
It is one of the most loved wine ever, known all over the world, which name comes from the Italian word “nebbia” (fog), as the Nebbiolo vinyards on the Langhe areas are usually surrounded by a deep and intense fog during the harvest at the end of October.
It is vinified only using Nebbiolo grapes and aged partly (70%) in oak barrels and steel silos (30%).
It is red ruby intense in colour with light garnet nuances and clearly shows those typical arches on the glass due to the alcohol’s level.
Its aroma is ethereal and full of fruity notes like currants and black cherries with floreal hints as well (geranium), apart from the nice spicy and vegetal sensations (cloves and green pepper).
The taste is dry and slightly bitter. It is quite warm (13.5 degrees) and well structured with a good acid and tannic component that gives this wine complexity and longevity.
Let’s serve it in the right decanter and make it breathe for a while into its ballon glass in order to spread the parfumes properly.
Combine it with rich and fatty dishes based on red meat and game like wild boar stew, roasts, brased and mixed grilled. Or try it with well aged cheese of both goat and cow milk.
Joe, torinese D.o.c., annata 1981, si appassiona fin da giovanissima
alle gioie del palato scoprendo, grazie ai nonni, il buon vino e la cucina della sua terra.
Amante della buona compagnia, preferisce coltivare ed intrattenere i suoi affetti intorno ad una tavola sostanziosa, che sia quella della piola o dell'osteria più raffinata oppure, meglio ancora, se di casa propria.
Si diletta volentieri in cucina, sperimentando sempre nuovi e originali accostamenti enogastronomici.
Nel 2006, data la profonda passione per la Vitis Vinifera e la sua linfa, decide di diventare un Sommelier presso l'Associazione
F.i.s.a.r., in parole povere, beve e studia per quasi due anni fino al conseguimento del diploma finale, ottenuto fieramente in seguito a lunghe ed estenuanti degustazioni.
Joe is from Turin, Italy. She started loving good wine and food since she was very young, discovering the joys of the palate, thanks to her grandparents.
She has always liked entertaining friends and her loved ones around a well stocked table, full of delicious dishes.
She is pretty happy in the kitchen as she likes trying new and original eno-gastonomical pairings.
In 2006, due to her deep love for wines, she became a Sommelier (wine taster) with the "F.i.s.a.r". association.
In short, she studied hard and drank wines for two years in a row until she got the final diploma, obtained after long and exhausting tastings.
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