Rocche dei Manzoni Quatr Nas Langhe Rosso 2004
Other Red Blends from Piedmont, Italy
Intense ruby red color. On the nose, this wine is rich and full with hints of violet, rose and almond tree flowers. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, delicate and elegant. This wine can age up to 12-15 years.
As the Bricco Manzoni "younger brother," the Quatr Nas aims at embracing the most innovative concept of the assembly since the first vintage in 1996. This wine brings together the four most important vines in the world, keeping the Nebbiolo as the common denominator, to represent the territory typicality. Blend: 50% Nebbiolo, 50% Pinot Noir/Cabernet/Merlot
The Wine Advocate - "The 2004 Langhe Quatr Nas is especially striking in this vintage. A cuvee of Nebbiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir, it is one of the handful of Piedmontese blends that delivers real personality and character. The wine remains young and painfully backward, but in a few years the massive vibrant dark fruit should begin to emerge. This is a great effort. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024."
Wine & Spirits - "Twenty years after the first release of Bricco Manzoni, Valentino Migliorini created this blend of nebbiolo, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and pinot noir in 1996. This 2004 is tighter and tenser than the Bricco Manzoni (also recommended here, but from the 2005 vintage). It's an intriguing blend, the tannins still youthfully aggressive, the nebbiolo and cabernet character still battling for dominance. It finishes dry, a black and austere wine for a truffle risotto with roast lamb."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby-red. Complex nose melds black raspberry, coffee and nuts. Sweet, dense and sappy, with lovely balancing acidity giving clarity to the wine's supple flavors. Not at all overly oaky despite having spent 24 months in mostly new wood. This has lovely fruit and balance and finishes with broad, fine, suave tannins. One senses that all the varieties ripened well in 2004."
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Rocche dei Manzoni Winery
Rich in history and blessed with the best locations, the vineyards of Podere Rocche Dei Manzoni are all situated within the municipality of Monforte d'Alba. Here the products are born and realize a perfect marriage of tradition and innovation.
The high quality of Podere Rocche dei Manzoni's products is guaranteed not only by meticulous vinification processes and a constant search for improvement but also by a strenuous work performed in the vineyard, through short pruning and thinning out of grapes to obtain very low output of grape/hectare. View all Rocche dei Manzoni 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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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.