Pasquale Pelissero Bricco San Giuliano Barbaresco 2012
Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
Intense ruby red evovling inot garnet reflexes with maturation. Fine and persisitent, it evolves into spicy notes with maturation. Among the different and complex sensations, the well balanced forest fruit notes are enhanced by ethereal sensations of boise and liquorice. Well bodied and dry, with a well balanced acidity. Smooth and consistent tannins make the product full and round to the palate. The harmonic and persistent aftertaste is characteristic of this varietal and this territory.
Wine Spectator - "Offers well-defined flavors of cherry and strawberry, packing a punch of dense tannins. Becomes increasingly austere as it develops on the palate, not a bad sign for a young Nebbiolo. Best from 2018 through 2029. "
Wine Enthusiast - "Fragrant and structured, this opens with aromas of perfumed berry, rose petal and spice. The tightly woven palate offers ripe red cherry, crushed strawberry and grilled herb alongside tightly packed tannins and brisk acidity."
Pasquale Pelissero Winery
Pasquale Pelissero is a tiny, family-owned winery started in a garage by "Papa" Pasquale, one of the first producers in Neive to bottle and sell his own wines. While a conservative wine producer, Pasquale was always open to new winemaking and cellar management techniques. The vineyards are truly a treasure and are often visited by other producers from the area. The cellar sits close to the top of the Bricco San Giuliano hill, completely surrounded by Pelissero vineyards. Since the death of Pasquale in 2007, daughter Ornella has carried on the family tradition, doing everything on her own in the vineyards and cellar, her sole innovation being the acquisition of a temperature-controlled fermentation tank. Their Bricco San Giuliano Barbaresco comes from an 8-hectare parcel at about 400 meters above seal level and is aged exclusively in large botte, whereas the Dolcetto, with its plum fruit and intriguing hints of flint and smoke, is aged in stainless steel. One of the most historical and beautiful places in Neive, the winery’s annual production is only around 15,000 bottles.
The estate is a member of a newly formed consortium of Langhe producers called "Biotipicità," founded by producers who all adhere to the "lotta integrata," an Italian regulation governing sustainable farming methods. View all Pasquale Pelissero Wines
Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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