Thursday, March 13, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - Italian Red - 2011 Giuseppe Cortese Langhe Nebbiolo

Langhe is an area in Piedmont Italy that is outside the Barolo and Barbaresco wine regions, but made with the same Nebbiolo grape as those wines. Sometimes a "close enough" region is a great way to find a good example of a wine at a bit of a lower price.

Wine: 2011 Giuseppe Cortese Langhe Nebbiolo
Region: Langhe, Piedmont, Italy
Grape Varieties: Nebbiolo
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $20.00
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Screw Top - no defects or issues.
Appearance: The wine is clear, light red in color and somewhat transparent.
Aroma: Sour cherries and something familiar that I could not quite put my finger on it. I cheated a bit and read some other tasting notes and found the answer - blood oranges.  It was a citrus aroma, but a very dark version. 
Taste: The light color does not make you think of a big and tannic wine, but this one is quite mouth puckering.

The Grade: I give this one a B.  There are some grapes that just aren't able to make an everyday level wine. Pinot Noir is one of those, and I believe Nebbiolo is another. I am a huge fan of Barolo and Barbaresco, but was not a huge fan of this wine. Not unpleasant in any way, just a bit too tannic and not possessing the complexity you should expect from a Piedmont Nebbiolo wine. On the plus side, the blood orange aroma was very unique.  If you want something a bit less expensive you can stay in the same Piedmont region and try a Dolcetto.

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