2020 Platinetti Guido Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo
Alto Piemonte, Italy
The Colline Novaresi is part of Alto Piemonte, neighboring regions such as Ghemme and Gattinara. Produced using a selection of Nebbiolo grapes from the Ronco Maso vineyard which are never harvested before the second half of September. After crushing, the grapes are left to macerate for up to 8 days to maximize the extraction of coloring substances and tannins from the skins. Vinification continues in large Slavonian oak barrels for almost a year before being completed with bottle aging for at least 6 months. With aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, jams and a slight hint of appassimento, the palate is essential, well-rounded and harmonious, thanks to its firm but mature and captivating tannins. This is a delicate wine, which is much influenced by the weather, and this lends each vintage its own distinctive character.
94 points, The Wine Front. "A whole lot of potpourri perfume here, spice, amaro and cedar, cherry essence and strawberry, with a dusting of white pepper. It’s medium-bodied, distinct ash/volcanic rocks character, quite succulence, firm dusty and ashen tannin, maybe even a little licorice. Finish is firm and fresh, all pulverized stone and chalky feel, with a twist of orange peel through pepper dusted strawberry. Lovely wine. Quite tense, but it will really sing with some years in bottle."