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Rocche dei Manzoni Quatr Nas Langhe Rosso 2004

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  • RP93
  • W&S92
14% ABV
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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, , Italy
Rocche dei Manzoni
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.

Trentino-Alto Adige

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A mountainous northern Italian region heavily influenced by German culture, Trentino-Alto Adige is actually made up of two separate but similar regions: Alto Adige and Trentino. Trentino, the southern half, is primarily Italian-speaking and largely responsible for the production of large volumes of wine made from non-native grapes. There is a significant quantity of Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio produced here, and Merlot is common as well.

The rugged terrain of German-speaking Alto Adige (also referred to as Südtirol) is more focused on smaller-scale viticulture, and greater value is placed on local varieties, though international varieties are widely planted as well. Sheltered by the Alps from harsh northerly winds, many of the best vineyards are planted at extreme altitude on steep slopes to increase sunlight exposure. Dominant red varieties include the bold, herbaceous Lagrein and delicate, strawberry-kissed Schiava, in addition to some Pinot Nero. The primary white grapes are Pinot Grigio, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc, as well as smaller plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Müller Thurgau, and others. These tend to be bright and refreshing with crisp acidity and just the right amount of texture. Some of the highest quality Pinot Grigio in Italy is made here.

Pinot Gris/Grigio

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One grape variety with two very distinct personas, Pinot Gris in France is rich, round, and aromatic, while Pinot Grigio in Italy is simple, crisp, and refreshing. In Italy, Pinot Grigio is grown in the mountainous regions of Trentino, Friuli, and Alto Adige in the northeast. In France it reaches its apex in Alsace. Pinots both “Gris” and “Grigio” are produced successfully in Oregon's Willamette Valley as well as parts of California, and are widely planted throughout central and eastern Europe.

In the Glass

Pinot Gris is naturally low in acidity, so full ripeness is necessary to achieve and showcase its signature flavors and aromas of stone fruit, citrus, honeysuckle, pear, and almond skin. Alsatian styles are aromatic, richly textured and often relatively high in alcohol. As Pinot Grigio in Italy, the style is much more subdued, light, simple, and easy to drink.

Perfect Pairings

Alsace is renowned for its potent food–pork, foie gras, and charcuterie. With its viscous nature, Pinot Gris fits in harmoniously with these heavy hitters. Pinot Grigio, on the other hand, with its lean, crisp, citrusy freshness, works better with simple salads, a wide range of seafood, and subtle chicken dishes.

Sommelier Secret

Outside of France and Italy, the decision by the producer whether to label as “Gris” or “Grigio” serves as a strong indicator as to the style of wine in the bottle—the former will typically be a richer, more serious rendition while the latter will be bright, fresh, and fun.

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