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Nebbiolo d'Alba ValMaggiore 2009

The Experience

Drink When...
Doing the same thing in a different place
Listen To...
Jacques Loussier
Think About...
About your surroundings
Drink With...
Risotto ai funghi porcini

The Oddbins Take

It may be that Luciano Sandrone is just a little bit obsessive. When he set his heart on a particular spot in the Valmaggiore to plant his nebbiolo vines, it took 8 years and the purchasing of plots from almost 40 previous owners to put together a single 2.7 hectare vineyard. Factor in the perilous steepness of the terrain, meaning everything in the vineyard has to be done laboriously - not to say precariously - by hand, then the finished wine had better be worth it. Fortunately Luciano's obsessions run to making some of the finest wines of one of the World's great wine regions. Phew!

The Vital Statistics

Country
Italy
Region
Alba
Classification
Nebbiolo d'Alba
Vintage
2009
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
13.0%
Alcohol Units
10.5

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The Style

Grape
Nebbiolo
Character
Chunky, Rich
Oak
Body
Light Full bodied
Sweetness
Dry Sweet

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The 2009 vintage will be remembered for the unusually heavy winter snowfall. Combined with a fairly wet early spring, this restored the ground water supply, which was low after several dry seasons.