Bel Colle is a traditional maker based in Verduno (Barolo). Their wines are clean and precise, they practice sustainable viticulture, followed by manual harvesting, soft pressing of the grapes, balanced macerations: each phase has the objective of bringing the balance and the harmony of the grapes obtained in the vineyard into the glass intact.
The Nebbiolo grapes for this wine come from vineyards located in Barolo villages, at 200 to 300 ft. above sea level. The average age of the vines is 50 years and they are grown on a southern exposure in calcareous clay soils, at a density of about 5,000 plants per hectare.
Red cherry, menthol, dried roses and herbs, touch of the tar and liquorice. Medium weight, tar and tea with open weave brick dust tannin, a subtle honey and dried herb flavour, and a clean finish where bright acidity runs with gently abrasive tannin. Savoury and stylish. Needs a few years to settle, of course. Tasted: Feb 19; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $110; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2021-2030+; Rated: 94 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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