Azienda Agricola Abrigo Fratelli Nebbiolo d'Alba 2018
The long maceration and aging in wood give our Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC a powerful but elegant structure given by the noble tannins matured by this vineyard. It is a wine that has a very broad bouquet that includes small red fruits, spices, such as cinnamon and carnation flower, and flowers, such as violets.
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The history of the Abrigo family does not begin in the Cascina dei Berfi, today the headquarters of the farm headed by Ernesto Abrigo and his sister Mariarita.
On this sheltered hill that gently stretches out in search of the sun, the Abrigos arrived only in 1935 coming from Treiso. The reality of the Langhe was poor. Every morning the farmer devoted himself to the cultivation of wheat, corn and hay for the animals in the stable. The land dedicated to the vine was limited: the priority was to fill the granaries to survive the winter. Over time, viticulture gradually became predominant, especially starting from the 1960s with the birth of the designations of origin. Precisely in this decade, the company passed into the hands of Aldo, father of Ernesto, and his brother Franco who led the company together.
An historic village situated right in between the famous regions of Barolo and Barbaresco, Alba is also the name for the larger wine region surrounding the village.
In a sense, “Alba” is a catch-all phrase, and includes the declassified Nebbiolo wines made in Barolo and Barbaresco, as well as the Nebbiolo grown just outside of these regions’ borders. In fact, Nebbiolo d’Alba is a softer, less tannic and more fruit-forward wine ready to drink within just a couple years of bottling. It is a great place to start if you want to begin to understand the grape. Likewise, the even broader category of Langhe Nebbiolo offers approachable and value-driven options as well.
Barbera, planted alongside Nebbiolo in the surrounding hills, and referred to as Barbera d’Alba, takes on a more powerful and concentrated personality compared to its counterparts in Asti.
Dolcetto is ubiquitous here and, known as Dolcetto d'Alba, can be found casually served alongside antipasti on the tables of Alba’s cafes and wine bars.
Not surprisingly, given its location, Alba is recognized as one of Italy’s premiere culinary destinations and is the home of the fall truffle fair, which attracts visitors from worldwide every year.
Responsible for some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world, Nebbiolo, named for the ubiquitous autumnal fog (called nebbia in Italian), is the star variety of northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Grown throughout the area, as well as in the neighboring Valle d’Aosta and Valtellina, it reaches its highest potential in the Piedmontese villages of Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero. Outside of Italy, growers are still very much in the experimentation stage but some success has been achieved in parts of California. Somm Secret—If you’re new to Nebbiolo, start with a charming, wallet-friendly, early-drinking Langhe Nebbiolo or Nebbiolo d'Alba.