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Rocche dei Manzoni Quatr Nas Langhe Rosso 2004

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Winemaker Notes

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

Critical Acclaim

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RP 93
Robert Parker's 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.
W&S 92
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.
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Rocche dei Manzoni

Rocche dei Manzoni

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Rocche dei Manzoni, Piedmont, Italy
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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.

Piedmont

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Set upon a backdrop of the visually stunning Alps, the enchanting and rolling hills of Piedmont are the source of some of the country’s longest-lived and most sought-after wines. Vineyards cover a great majority of the land area—especially in Barolo—with the most prized sites at the top hilltops or on south-facing slopes where sunlight exposure is maximized. Piedmont has a continental climate with hot, humid summers leading to cold winters and precipitation year-round. The reliable autumnal fog provides a cooling effect, especially beneficial for Nebbiolo, Piedmont’s most prestigious variety.

In fact, Nebbiolo is named exactly for the arrival of this pre-harvest fog (called “nebbia” in Italian), which prolongs cluster hang time and allows full phenolic balance and ripeness. Harvest of Nebbiolo is last among Piedmont's varieties, occurring sometime in October. This grape is responsible for the exalted wines of Barbaresco and Barolo, known for their ageability, firm tannins and hallmark aromas of tar and roses. Nebbiolo wines, despite their pale hue, pack a pleasing punch of flavor and structure; the best examples can require about a decade’s wait before they become approachable. Barbaresco tends to be more elegant in style while Barolo is more powerful. Across the Tanaro River, the Roero region, and farther north, the regions of Gattinara and Ghemme, also produce excellent quality Nebbiolo.

Easy-going Barbera is the most planted grape in Piedmont, beloved for its trademark high acidity, low tannin and juicy red fruit. Dolcetto, Piedmont’s other important red grape, is usually ready within a couple of years of release.

White wines, while less ubiquitous here, should not be missed. Key varieties include Arneis, Cortese, Timorasso, Erbaluce and the sweet, charming Muscat, responsible for the brilliantly recognizable, Moscato d'Asti.

Other Red Blends

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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