2007 Nebbiolo ''The Pip''
Nebbiolo is THE grape in the Piedmont region of Northwest Italy. The highly sought after Barolos and Barbarescos from Piedmont are Nebbiolo based wines . Barolo, considered “the wine of kings and the king of wines,” is aged at least three years in barrel and another two years in bottle before release. This aging is necessary due to the high acidity and the abundance of tannin found in Nebbiolo based wines. Our “Pip” Nebbiolo gets a similar cellar treatment as its Italian counterpart. The 2007 “Pip” has been aged in large (500 liter) Hungarian Oak puncheons for four years and aged in bottle for another year prior to release.
The 2007 grape harvest in the Santa Maria Valley was very small. The weather was excellent, so the few grapes that ripened were of high quality. All of our Nebbiolo is grown in a 1.63 acre section of Bien Nacido Vineyard. These vines are now 16 years old. Nebbiolo will very vigorous and set a large crop and therefore lack intensity at most places it is grown in California. The vigor of Nebbiolo at Bien Nacido is naturally controlled three ways: 1. Bien Nacido is a cool growing site, 2. The Nebbiolo is on a breezy hillside which makes pollination difficult and 3. The hillside soil is gravelly and shallow. A small crop in a world class vineyard gives us Nebbiolo of old world intensity.
The 2007 “Pip” Nebbiolo shows all the attributes of good Nebbiolo. The color is deep red. Nebbiolo is a light skinned grape only achieves color if grown and made honestly. The aromas of plums and dried roses are obvious at this stage of development. Balance between the richness, the bright acidity and moderated tannins make this wine an all around food wine. Try it with a wide range of foods from barbequed burgers in the backyard to candlelit dinner of braised Osso Bucco.