Two Italian Favorites Return

by Russ Anderson on February 27, 2021

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Giamello Pinot Nero 

Arneg” is a local Piemontesse term meaning “renegade,” but this wine is anything but that.  While Pinot Noir is not the ‘normal’ grape for the area it provides some striking interpretations in the right hands. While unexpected to some, this wine is strikingly authentic, distinctly Piemontese and classically Pinot Noir.  There is a nose of fallen leaves, earth-tinged bright red fruit, and a tar-like mineral streak that lead to an intermingling of dried orange and crushed red fruits on the palate.  It is a delicate Pinot Nero offering a transparent expression of its place of origin.  A value bottling $28but a great interpretation of Pinot Noir from Italy’s Piemonte.

 

Giamello Langhe Nebbiolo 
This 2018 Langhe Nebbiolo, meanwhile, comes from the same parcel as his Barbaresco and therefore could qualify for the Barbaresco DOCG. He prefers to keep only the most outstanding, age-worthy juice for his Barbaresco, however, leaving out the remaining, still-tremendous juice for this bottling, which costs half the price. How many producers do you think can affix a more prestigious label to their wine—and make more money—but choose not to?
 
More approachable in its youth than both Barolo and Barbaresco, Giamello’s Langhe Nebbiolo is fresh and vibrant, evoking cherries, roses, and a touch of tar. Nebbiolo’s natural acidity makes this wine incredibly versatile at table, pairing well with roasted squash, sautéed mushrooms, roast fowl, polenta, and pizza, among many other dishes. This just might end up being our value of the year.Almost a crazy value at $22/btls.
 

These wines will drink wonderfully after an hour open or in a couple of months, just in time for summer sipping.  

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