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2008 Nebbiolo
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Santa Maria Valley
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2008 Nebbiolo "Punta Exclamitiva"

Clendenen Family Vineyard - SMV

This is our “reserve” Nebbiolo. The wine, though aged in barrel for five years, has fresh floral notes and shows wild strawberry and plum aromatics. The mouth filling texture accompanies dried cherry flavors which transition into a clean bright finish with good acid balance. Score: 92 points Wine Enthusiast.

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Bien Nacido Vineyard is truly magic.  This cool climate vineyard has such a long growing season that even late ripening varieties such as Nebbiolo, Petit Verdot and Refosco ripen to full flavor.  Long cool ripening means more intensity and varietally correct aromas and flavors.  We like Nebbiolo to taste like Nebbiolo.  Our two acres of Nebbiolo are planted on a windswept hillside with an amazing view of the entire Santa Maria Valley. The planting faces southwest, which gives this block maximum sun exposure to help these slow ripening grapes to mature.

The original winemaking laws for making Nebbiolo in the Barolo region in Italy mandates barrel aging for a minimum of three years.  This requirement was put in place to force Barolo producers to release wines ready to drink.  Young Nebbiolo is high in acid and is tannic.  Both the elevated acid and tannins levels can be integrated into with wine with barrel aging.  This Nebbiolo is aged in barrel for 5 years. The result of all this barrel aging is a beautifully developed, sophisticated wine. 

Score: 92 points Wine Enthusiast

"This nearly decade-old wine is ready to enjoy now, with complex aromas of iron, turned earthy, leather, dried red cherry, cinnamon, wet cedar, mace and myrrh. It's relatively light in body and the flavors are mineral-driven, with dust and rust set against dried cranberry and cherry fruits."


Product Reviews
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Michael D.
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(Jul 4, 2017 at 1:37 PM)
This wine style reminds me of an older sytle Brunello or Chianti Riserva. It has the dried cherry flavors but it's balanced nicely with earthy undertones and tannins.

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Danny Sullivan
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(May 31, 2018 at 7:56 PM)
Clean. Great varietal character expression. Well balance acidity, restrained alcohol, and nicely matured tannins.

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John Andry
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(Jun 16, 2018 at 11:12 PM)
I had the 2004 vintage. Great Stuff!! I would like to know where I can get a few cases.

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