The Langhe is a hilly area to the south and east of the Tanaro river in Piedmont, northern Italy, famous for its wines, cheeses, and truffles. It is famous for many DOC (Denominazione di origine controllata) wines, including Barolo, Barbaresco, and what we are trying today, Langhe Nebbiolo.
Our setting? The banks of a beautiful river in New Hampshire, because of course we’re reviewing it here.
Some background on this wine from Berry Bros & Rudd
Nebbiolo is the grape behind the Barolo and Barbaresco wines and is hardly ever seen outside the confines of Piedmont. …it requires sheltered south-facing sites and performs best on the well-drained calcareous marls to the north and south of Alba in the DOCG zones of Barbaresco and Barolo. Langhe Nebbiolo is effectively the ‘second wine’ of Piedmont’s great Barolo & Barbarescos… Nebbiolo flowers early and ripens late, so a long hang time, producing high levels of sugar, acidity and tannins; the challenge being to harvest the fruit with these three elements ripe and in balance.
Color: Light ruby red. Tasting notes: Moderately dry, cherries, pears, light tannins. Full bodied, great with fruit, cheese and crackers.