Michele Chiarlo Il Principe Langhe Nebbiolo (750ml)
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Since 1956, the Piedmonte winemaker Michele Chiarlo has made superior Barberas and high quality Barolos that today are consistently among the most renowned expressions of these wines. Over the years, Michele Chiarlo has realized a success and recognition brought by constant pursuit of quality.
The Langhe is a visually breathtaking area in North West Italy of rolling hills planted to vineyards and hazelnut trees. Fall is the best time to experience this Unesco World Heritage Site; the already stunning landscape transforms in a colourful patchwork of orange, red, and rust leaves; the excitement of truffle season and grape harvest is in the air. Here Nebbiolo is the star grape and its ethereal bouquet of dried flowers, leaves and forest floor is to me the sensory expression of the comforts and coziness of the fall season.
The winery is 100% family owned and operated, showcasing only local, single varietal expressions of terroir- no international grapes and no blends. The family specializes in 4 grapes that are considered to be the greatest native varietals of Piedmont: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Cortese and Moscato.
The grapes are hand harvested and fermented in stainless steel. 10 days of maceration on the skins followed by malolactic fermentation and ageing for 12 months in a combination of stainless steel, wood and bottle. Brilliant garnet red colour with wonderful varietal character on the nose; notes of violet, red fruits and light spices. The palate has great structure with fine tannins and a round texture and long finish.
This wine aromatic, dominated by ripe red cherry, violet and rose, the palate is medium weight with fresh snappy acidity and medium tannins. There is a whisper of spice from brief oak ageing, but it is subtle as the pleasure of this wine lies in the purity of primary fruit and the overall balance on the palate.