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Socre Barbaresco 2007

Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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14% ABV
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The 2007 Barbaresco is a pretty, feminine wine with tons of Nebbiolo character in its spices, red berries, flowers and minerals. I particularly admire the way the wine's inner juiciness and sweetness emerges over time, adding a wonderful sense of proportion to the classically built frame. Tasted a second time a few hours later, the wine came together even more beautifully.
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Socre, , Italy
The birth of Socre occurred in 1871, when Marco Piacentino's great-grandfather Giovanni l'Alessandrino bought this land in Barbaresco. Every since Socre initially sold it's grapes to private citizens of Barbaresco and various wine cellars in the Barbaresco zone, and only produced a small percentage of wine for family consumption. In 1999 all of this came to an end when Marco decided to gradually increase the amount of grapes used for wine production and invest in equipment and machinery for his own bottling.

The decision to expand does not stop here. Rosella and Marco Piacentino have been enlarging the business also by planting new vines in the original vineyards in Barbaresco in the famous cru of Roncaglie. They have purchased other vineyards in Neviglie in Barbaresco and Cisterna d'Asti in Roero where they have planted Barbera, Croatina, Cabernet and Merlot.

Wines such as Croatina and Cisterna d'Asti were also a matter of interest and attention to Marco. Marco's idea is to keep local tradition alive in offering clients of Socre’ traditional varietals that offer a fresh alternative to the land's more renowned wines such as Barbera d'Alba, Barbera d'Asti, Langhe Nebbiolo and the raisined wine Camplongh, as well as a dry white wine called Via Nuova.

The vineyards of Socre in Barbaresco (about 3 hectares) are just below the wine cellar, and are the heart and soul of the estate. The land slopes downwards quite steeply, with western and southern exposure; the land's altitude is between 250 and 290m above sea level. The earth is mainly clayey, with a limestone base and sharp alkaline reaction.

The pride of Socre by far is again, the cru of Roncaglie Alto. As early as 1880, Roncaglie was already recognized as one of the best and most important areas for Barbaresco production, also mentioned in Lorenzo Fantini's fundamental publication on Viticulture and Oenology in the Province of Cuneo. Argilo-calcaire soils, perfect exposition (South and South-west), mild winds and great temperatures fluctuations, give rise to deep and elegant wines. The vineyards (with ages ranging rom 10 to 50 years) are planted with a density ranging from 4500 vines per ha up to 8000 vines per ha.

Roncaglie Alto is a very respected area just below the vineyard of the renowned Angelo Gaja vineyard called Sori' Tilden. Separating the two vineyards is the road from Alba before the hamlet of Tre Stelle bearing amazing views of the vineyards of Barbaresco. The vines of Roncaglie were planted in 1959 by Marco's grandfather Giovanni and are still bearing incredible fruit.

Guido Busatto has been brought in as the enologist in charge to help make the Socre a top player in the world of wines from the Le Langhe. Before this the Roncaglie cru has never taken advantage of how great this vineyard really is except for Angelo Gaja who has never named Roncaglie on his labels. Because of this, Roncaglie has not had the privilege in the past of displaying such honor on the front label by any estate. All this will change. The vineyards of Socre has huge potential in making world lass wines and this is exactly what Socre is capable of making…world class wines.

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An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot’s subtle tannins make it perfect for early drinking and allow it to pair with a wide range of foods. One simply needs to look to Bordeaux to understand Merlot's status as a noble variety. On the region’s Right Bank, it dominates in blends with Cabernet Franc, and on the Left Bank, it plays a supporting role to (and helps soften) Cabernet Sauvignon—in both cases resulting in some of the longest-lived and highest-quality wines in the world. They are often emulated elsewhere in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in California’s Napa Valley, where Merlot also frequently shines on its own.

In the Glass

Merlot is known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry, and raspberry. In a cool climate, you may find earthier notes alongside dried herbs, tobacco, and tar, while Merlot from warmer regions is generally more straightforward and fruit-focused.

Perfect Pairings

Lamb with Merlot is an ideal match—the sweetness of the meat picks up on the sweet fruit flavors of the wine to create a harmonious balance. Merlot’s gentle tannins allow for a hint of spice and its medium weight and bright acidity permit the possibilities of simple pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.

Sommelier Secret

Since the release of the 2004 film Sideways, Merlot's repuation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What many viewers didn't realize was that as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

ONEDS1061_2007 Item# 125481

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