Chiesa Carlo Manascarda Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC 2013

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100% hand-harvested Nebbiolo grapes, from 60 year old vines

Which stands on slopes with a 55% slope.

Fine, delicate and persistent aroma with classic hints of berries.

Dry, with a good body and balanced aftertaste where the tannins are felt. Only 2000 fl. per year

The Chiesa Carlo Vineyard is located in the heart of the Roero area in the south of Piedmont. The Chiesa Carlo family has been producing wine in this area for 5 generations, producing very high quality wines true to traditions and terriors. We fell for the crisp elegance and red thread of the flavor of their wines.

The Nebbiolo Manascarda from Chiesa exemplifies the qualities I love most in Roero Nebbiolo: it is highly aromatic with an uncommon delicacy on the palate. Produced from 50-65 year old vines planted in sandy soil with a steep eastern exposure, the grapes are fermented with a submerged cap for 20 days followed by a year in old, large botti. The nose is simply seductive; Ripe sour cherries, orange zest, and roses are layered over more autumnal notes of porcini mushrooms and fresh fallen leaves. Medium body with very fine tannins the palate is defined by fresh acidity and bright red fruits with a slightly mineral finish. This is an ethereal expression of Nebbiolo, almost as much fun to swirl and smell as it is to drink. Try it with lighter food like grilled fish, poached chicken, fresh pasta dishes, or to lift through denser dishes like risotto or pan-seared pork chops.