Winemakers and wineries of Roero
The Roero DOCG area of origin is made up of 19 municipalities: all of Canale, Corneliano d’Alba, Piobesi d’Alba and Vezza d’Alba, and parts of Baldissero d’Alba, Castagnito, Castellinaldo, Govone, Guarene, Magliano Alfieri, Montà, Montaldo Roero, Monteu Roero, Monticello d’Alba, Pocapaglia, Priocca, S. Vittoria d’Alba, S. Stefano Roero, and Sommariva Perno. The west has predominantly sandy soils whilst to the east there is sand and loam. One particular feature is the rocche sandstone formations running from north to south.
Pierangelo Careglio began making one of the first Arneis wines in 1986. His son Andrea has since followed in his footsteps: ‘Our intention is to make wine that best showcases the features of our region and grape varieties’, he explains. The estate has grown from 3 to 10 hectares in size over the past 15 years and a new winery facility opened up a year ago. Arneis remains their focus.
Roero Arneis DOCG 2020
A selection of the best grapes from sandy and loamy soils, remaining on the lees for four months: inviting stone fruit and exotic fruit nose, crisp on the palate with lively acidity and character.
Roero DOCG 2017
The Nebbiolo grapes come from MGA Valmezzana and form the basis of a fruity, spicy, well-structured wine that impresses with its cherry aromas, beautiful spice and lingering finish.
The winery was founded in the centre of Canale in 1953, and in 1977 the first Arneis was produced under Antonio Deltetto. Today, his children Carlo, Cristina and Claudia Deltetto also view aromas and acidity as being key elements of a good Roero Arneis, but also produce high-quality, long-lasting Rossi and elegant Spumanti. 25 hectares are currently under production, all cultivated to organic standards.
Roero Arneis DOCG San Michele 2019
This classic Arneis vinified in steel from the San Michele MGA has been produced for more than 40 years: citrus and apple aromas, crisp in the attack with lively acidity and a mineral finish.
Roero DOCG Riserva Braja 2016
A selection of the vineyard’s best grapes from an extremely well-balanced vintage: bewitching cherry nose with hints of leather and balsamic touches, powerful yet refined on the palate, polished and lingering.
The Bric Castelvej story began in 1956 with founder Domenico Gallino, and now Mario and Cristiano Repellino run the 13-hectare estate in the hills near Canale. Cristiano and his father focus their attentions on allowing expression to a wide variety of terroirs, showcased in wines such as Vigna Bricco Novara (Arneis in sandy soils to the south-east) and Roero DOCG Riserva Panera Alta (Nebbiolo to the south-west).
Roero Arneis DOCG Vigna Bricco Novara 2020
Half of this wine is matured in steel, and half in acacia and oak: floral nose with sage and stone fruit aromas, beautifully smooth and well balanced on the palate with lively acidity, crisp and saline in the finish.
Roero DOCG Riserva Panera Alta 2016
Nebbiolo matured in small and large barrels after 14 days of maceration: a light ruby colour, a complex nose with raspberry and lilac aromas, pleasingly polished in style, elegant and lingering.
In 1949, Marco and Enrico Faccenda’s grandfather bought this estate in Canale with a hectare of vineyards – now there are around 60 hectares of vines. Marco and Enrico Faccenda have been striving for high quality and modern winery technology since the 1990s. In addition, as Marco Faccenda explains, vines are only planted in locations that are ideal for vineyards – such as Valmaggiore MGA, the historic location where Cascina Chicco made its first wine.
Roero Arneis DOCG Anterisio 2020
The estate’s only Arneis from an elegant, well-balanced vintage: pear and apple aromas, juicy on the palate, beautifully smooth yet also very fresh right into the finish. Good with poultry dishes.
Roero DOCG Riserva Valmaggiore 2016
Long maceration and 18 months in small oak barrels has ensured balance: a nose on the plummy side with a touch of mocha, slender and even in the attack then full and polished right into the lingering finish.
In 1972, Filippo Gallino was one of the first to join the Club 3P and thus declare his belief in the future of Roero and contribute to the revival of Arneis. The estate is now run by his son Gianni, aided by grandson Lorenzo. Today, 14 hectares are sustainably cultivated, forming the basis for a range of traditional yet innovative wines – from Arneis 4 Luglio (which became a Riserva from 2020 onwards) to Roero Rosso Riserva Sorano.
Roero Arneis DOCG 4 Luglio 2018
A blend of various sites with sandy or loamy soils, left on fine lees for a year: intriguing nose of flowers, herbs and berries, harmonious development, and a lingering saline and mineral finish.
Roero DOCG Riserva Sorano 2015
Aromas of spice and preserved cherry, powerful tannins in the attack, perfectly integrated acidity, combining fruit and vanilla notes in the finish. An elegant style that would go well with autumnal game dishes.
Castello di Canale has been owned by the Malabaila family since 1362. Until 2004, the estate’s winery facilities were located in the castello itself. Now, the wine is made entirely in the Cascina Pradvaj winery. Lucrezia Carrega: ‘Every wine is made differently based on its microclimate and soils. The result is terroir-driven wines.’ The principle here: one vineyard, one wine.
Roero Arneis DOCG Pradvaj 2019
The estate’s flagship. The grapes grow in white sandstone soils and produce wines with pronounced acidity and fresh citrus fruit and apple notes, with minerality and a pleasantly fruity and spicy finish.
Roero DOCG Bric Volta 2017
Varietal Nebbiolo from sandy and marl soils. After 18 months, first in large oak vats and then in barrels, the wine is dominated by forest fruit and floral notes, with a mineral texture and pleasant tannins.
A family-run business since 1878 that still produces wine in the same Canale winery. Even the arrival of new owners the Krause Gentile family in 2015 did not change anything. Estate president Nico Conta: ‘Roero is the focus: of our 60 hectares of vineyards, 12 hectares across three municipalities are Roero, which we grow to sustainable standards.’
Roero Arneis DOCG Poggio di Caro 2020
The grapes for this selection come from sandy-clay soils: citrus and apple on the nose, classic on the palate with perceptible acidity, elegant, lingering and polished. A spirited interpretation of this elegant vintage.
Roero DOCG Oesio 2017
This varietal Nebbiolo from the MGA of the same name is matured for 18 months in large oak barrels: intense plum and cherry aromas with some floral touches, good balance between the tightly knit tannins and the acidity, and a fruity finish.
The wine estate began making wine near Canale in the 1950s under the aegis of Giuseppe Damonte. The father’s enthusiasm for winemaking was passed on to Giuseppe’s sons Massimo and Roberto, who now run the 43-hectare estate with their wives and children. Roberto and Massimo Damonte interpret the multifaceted nature of their vineyards via three different red Roero Riserva wines.
Roero Arneis DOCG S. S. Trinità 2019
Coming from the sand-rich location of the same name, 320 to 350 metres above sea level: a tempting nose with fruity and floral aromas plus some delicate spice, very polished on the palate with lively acidity and a lingering finish.
Roero DOCG Riserva Vigna Trinità 2016
From the vineyard of the same name, a natural amphitheatre near Canale: truffle, floral and red berry aromas, elegant and beautifully polished on the palate, lingering and elegant right into the finish. A great wine.
Marco Monchiero and Lucia Carbone bought this winery at the heart of Canale in 1987 and began making wine there in 1990. Today, their son Francesco runs the family estate with its 35 hectares of vineyards. He is trying to do justice to the ‘many souls of Roero’ with his wines, whether the youthful Arneis or the long-lived Roero Riserve Printi, Bricco Genestreto (both Rosso) and Renesio Incisa (Bianco, currently on the 2017 vintage).
Roero Bianco DOCG Cecu d’la Biunda 2019
This Arneis, which has been made since 2004, remains on the lees for seven months: sage, exotic fruit and white peach aromas, full on the palate with lively acidity and a mineral finish. Excellent with food.
Roero DOCG Riserva Printi 2017
Captivating cherry and leather aromas with subtle oak touches, juicy on the palate with wellintegrated, fine-grained tannins and supporting acidity, luscious and lingering. Very pleasing once again in this warm vintage.
The Negro family has been making wine for four generations, and at Cascina Pace near Canale since 1930. Brothers Pietro and Dino Negro took over the estate in 1996 and now own 35 hectares, of which 26 are planted with vines: sandy soils provide elegance and clay ensures character. The multifaceted Roero Arneis DOCG Giuan da Pas 2011, which spent a year on the lees, offers real ageing potential.
Roero Arneis DOCG 2020
Pronounced fruity and floral nose, smooth texture with lively, well-integrated acidity, reliable right into the finish. Excellent as an aperitif or served with antipasti, primi and fish secondi.
Roero DOCG Riserva 2016
This selection of the best Nebbiolo grapes undergoes 15 days of maceration and is matured in barrels for a year: intriguing fruit nose, powerful on the palate with fine-grained tannins, smooth and juicy in the finish.
To Marco Porello, the quality of his wines comes from the vineyard: he knows every plot, every soil formation and every microclimate of his 18 hectares in prime Roero locations like the back of his hand. The estate was founded in Canale in 1954 and Marco has been at the helm since 1994. The ageing potential of his wines – as demonstrated by a vertical tasting going back to the 1990s – is something that constantly surprises even him.
Roero Arneis DOCG Camestri 2020
From rows of vines in Crocetta/ Vezza d’Alba, growing in pure sandy soils in a breezy location: floral blossom aromas with a delicate touch of fruit, compact and juicy, classic in style, hugely lingering and refined.
Roero DOCG Riserva San Michele 2016
‘In a perfect vintage like 2016, the wine from this renowned MGA shows off its very best side’, Marco Porello explains: wonderful cherry aromas, beautifully polished and smooth, characterful yet elegant.
The Solo Roero collaboration was created in 2013 by three young winemakers: Luca Faccenda of the Valfaccenda estate, Enrico Cauda of Cascina Fornace, and Alberto Oggero. This trio solely makes Roero DOCG, both Bianco and Rosso. ‘We believe in this area’s ability to make a fine Bianco and a fine Rosso’, they all agree. They all have different styles, but share a love for quality and their native region.
Alberto Oggero – Roero DOCG Bianco 2019
Macerated for six days, then left on indigenous lees until the spring in large oak and steel containers: intriguing nose, harmonious texture, lively acidity, combining character and elegance.
Valfaccenda – Roero DOCG Bianco 2019
This selection of the best grapes from three vineyards is made without added sulphites and not bottled until June: exotic fruit aromas, elegant in the attack with a beautiful structure, easy-drinking and complex in the finish.
Cascina Fornace – Roero DOCG Bianco Desaja 2016
Macerated for three days, some in oak: golden yellow with apricot and dried fruit aromas, good structure, invigorating acidity, and a bewitching finish of sage and dried fruit notes.
Alberto Oggero – Roero DOCG Rosso 2018
The grapes come from a 30-yearold vineyard, and the wine is macerated for 25 days then matured in large used barrels for a year: cherry and red berry nose, polished on the palate with a lingering, fruity finish.
Valfaccenda – Roero DOCG Valmaggiore 2017
The Nebbiolo grapes come from vineyard planted between 1967 and 2008, and the wine is matured in oak for 12 months: bewitching raspberry and floral notes, full-bodied on the palate, well balanced and lingering.
Cascina Fornace – Roero DOCG Rosso Valdovato 2014
Macerated for 15 days then matured in oak for a year: intriguing red berry and herb aromas, well balanced on the palate with refined elegance and lively acidity that invigorates right into the finish.
Angelo – nicknamed Piculin, or ‘the little one’ – founded this family wine estate in Castagnito, and the pQlin brand still owes its name to this ancestor. After Angelo, the estate was run by his descendants Michelina, Eleuterio, and now Margherita. There are now five hectares of vines. The estate makes the entire spectrum of Roero, from fresh Arneis to mature Roero Rosso, in keeping with Angelo’s motto: Il terreno fa l’uva.
Roero Arneis DOCG pQlin 2020
Wine matured in steel with a complex apple nose, beautiful acidity, compact and well balanced on the palate with a lingering fruity finish. Can be enjoyed as an aperitif or also with primi.
Roero DOCG pQlin 2016
The clay soils provide structure to this Nebbiolo, matured in small oak barrels for 18 months: accommodating cherry nose with vanilla aromas, smooth texture with lively acidity, and stone fruit notes in the finish.
The Marsaglia family has been growing traditional south Piedmont varieties (such as Arneis, which has been used to make wine since 1982) for six generations, and thus sets great store by the typical character of the vineyards of Castellinaldo d’Alba, one of the strongholds of Roero winemaking. 16 hectares of vineyards are cultivated, and as well as maturing the wines in oak, Marsaglia also uses acacia wood, terracotta and steel.
Roero Arneis DOCG Serramiana 2020
Fermented at low temperatures from a selection of the estate’s best Arneis grapes: fresh apple and citrus notes dominate on the nose, well-integrated acidity, juicy and lingering..
Roero DOCG Brich d’America 2016
A Roero DOCG from a single vineyard with sandy soils near Canale: captivating plum and chocolate nose, good balance between tannins and acidity, offering polish and ageing potential.
For more than twenty years, Giuseppe ‘Beppe’ Guido at his wine estate in Cisterna d’Asti has focused on fantastic indigenous offerings. The complex white variety Arneis is particularly important to Beppe Guido: ‘It is our flagship, and we work on it constantly’, he explains, using it to make various different wines. The estate’s 30 hectares of vineyards are spread across the DOCG zones of Roero and Terre Alfieri.
Roero Arneis DOCG 2020
The grapes for this Roero Arneis come from chalk and clay soils near Canale: tempting nose of pome fruit, citrus fruit and flowers, polished on the palate, subtly saline with invigorating acidity.
The vineyards of the estate founded by Mario Pelassa in 1960 stand in the MGAs of Sterloti (12 ha) and Tucci (3 ha) in the municipality of Montà to the north of Roero. In the San Vito site where the Arneis is grown, the soils are sandy with stone and rock, and are rich in minerals. ‘This forms the basis for a very special, hugely mineral white wine’, explains Daniele Pelassa, who runs the estate together with her brother Davide.
Roero Arneis DOCG San Vito 2020
Some of the wine is fermented in steel, and a small amount in amphoras: floral and green apple aromas with some tropical fruit, well-balanced texture, lively acidity, elegant with a saline and mineral finish.
Roero DOCG Riserva Antaniolo 2017
From a 15-year-old vineyard in Sterloti MGA with sandy and rocky soils: red fruit and orange zest aromas, well balanced on the palate, combining structure with finesse, polish with elegance.
Five generations of the Fenocchio have worked at this wine estate and made wine under the Bussia, Cannubi, Castellero and Villero MGAs (among others) within the Barolo region. However, Claudio Fenocchio also planted his first half a hectare of vines in Monteu Roero in 2010. He now owns two hectares in Roero, soon to become four. Claudio Fenocchio: ‘Roero is ideal for its finely chiselled, mineral and elegant wines.’
Roero Arneis DOCG 2019
After fermentation, the wine is left in fine lees: the result is a spicy and fruity nose with hay aromas plus a touch of menthol, then on the palate the wine is fresh and juicy, polished and smooth.
Alessandro Costa first began making his own wine 15 years ago: his vineyards are in Montà, Canale and Santo Stefano, use integrated pest management, and also largely avoid additional sulphites. The wines from sandy soils such as those that dominate in Montà are lighter, whilst those from clay soils are more structured. This enables Alessandro to play with different terroirs in his wines.
Roero Arneis DOCG Sarun 2019
Roero Arneis Sarun is a selection of the best Arneis grapes: offering up citrus and apple aromas, this is beautifully elegant, polished and lingering; crisp and lively on the palate with a fruity, complex finish.
Roero DOCG Gepin 2016
This wine is matured in large oak barrels, barriques and tonneaux: a classic Roero with cherry, balsamic and menthol notes, beautifully polished, elegant and lingering, with perfect balance between acidity and tannins.
For more than 20 years, Giuseppe Viglione has been running this winery in Montà with great flair for tradition and goût de terroir. Twelve of the total of 18 hectares he owns are planted with vines. The soils (in Tucci MGA among others) are dominated by red sand and clay, and are at around 350 metres above sea level. ‘I look for the various nuances of the terroir in a wine’, Giuseppe says. He makes 13 wines, primarily Arneis and Nebbiolo.
Roero Arneis DOCG Riserva Quindicilune 2018
This wine has been produced since 2002, and is matured for 15 months: apple and pear aromas, crisp acidity that charms right from the start, and a well-balanced finish dominated by floral and almond notes.
Roero DOCG Riserva Bric Aût 2015
Made from 40-year-old vines in Tucci and matured in small and large barrels for 27 months: tempting cherry and chocolate aromas with delicate spice, robust in the attack with powerful tannins and a juicy, lingering finish.
The Taliano family has been growing vines since the 1930s and now cultivates 15 hectares, five of which are in the Barnaresco area. Ezio Taliano worked as an oenologist at other wineries until 2002, when he joined his brother Alberto at the helm of the family estate in Montà. The next generation is now in the starting blocks in the shape of his niece. The estate’s renowned MGA sites include Serni and Bric Bossora.
Roero Arneis DOCG Serni 2020
Classic Arneis from a well-balanced vintage: apple and pear on the nose, scores high with its crisp acidity and freshness, elegant and well-balanced, pleasingly complex and refined.
Roero DOCG Riserva Ròche dra Bossora 2017
A wine from Bric Bossora MGA, which stands between two rocche, Roero’s characteristic sandstone formations: spicy cherry nose, robust structure, nicely lingering. Refined yet characterful.
The Negro family has been making wines from indigenous grape varieties in Roero and Langhe since 1670. The two hectares of vineyards that Angelo Negro began with in the early 20th century have now become more than 60, including some of the most famous Roero sites with Cascina Perdaudin in Monteu Roero and Cascina San Vittore in Canale. Today, the estate is run by Giovanni Negro with his children Angelo, Gabriele, Emanuela and Giuseppe.
Roero Arneis DOCG Sette Anni 2014
This wine from a 40-year-old vineyard is matured on the lees for six months and in bottle for seven years: tempting nose of exotic fruit, hugely complex on the palate, corpulent and lingering.
Roero DOCG Riserva Sudisfà 2016
A selection of the estate’s best grapes, a cru of crus, as Giovanni Negro explains: berry, floral and also spicy aromas dominate on the nose, precise style with polished tannins, elegant yet full.
Until 2000, this Monteu Roero estate founded in 1883 was one of the classic mixed farms, but after this the Ferrero family began focusing on winemaking and the estate now has 10 hectares of vines to call its own. Back in the early 1980s they began planting Arneis, which Carlo and Vittorio Ferrero consider to be one of the great Piedmont grape varieties. This grape has also been used to make a Metodo Classico DOCG called SOELI´ since 2013.
Roero Arneis DOCG Riserva Sant’Anna 2019
Fresh stone fruit and floral aromas with hints of Mediterranean macchia, fresh and crisp on the palate with invigorating acidity and a mineral, saline finish. Best enjoyed with pasta and mushrooms or white meat.
Roero DOCG Riserva Carlinot 2017
This Roero from Sru MGA is dedicated to his grandfather, and matured in large oak barrels and barriques for a year: cherry and raspberry aromas with powerful, robust tannins, well balanced and lingering on the palate.
The Francone winery in Neive has been in the same family for five generations. However, Fabrizio Francone explains that Arneis is the flagship white variety for this estate, founded in 1939: Francone began vinifying grapes from Roero vineyards in Castagnito in 2000, then added Priocca in 2009 and another vineyard in 2019 – a total of around three hectares are now cultivated by contract winegrowers who have been working with the family for many years.
Roero Arneis DOCG Magia 2020
A fresh version of Arneis, the grapes for which undergo maceration for around four hours: thyme, sage, apple and citrus aromas on the nose, well balanced and rounded on the palate with a fruity, spicy finish.
This estate, founded in 1955, is now a classic mixed farm with peaches, hazelnuts and grapes, run by Rosavica Benotti and his sons. The two hectares of vineyards are split into eight plots, and in Priocca alone, seven small sites with sand and marl soils form the basis of production. Roero DOCG comes from a plot bordering Canale in a south-southwest location with sandy-clay soils.
Roero DOCG Rosso 2016
This Roero is macerated in steel and cement for 40 days and then spends a year maturing in used barriques: compact forest fruit nose, well balanced on the palate with fine-grained tannins and a fruity, spicy finish.
This renowned Barbaresco winery in Neive owned a farm in Vezza d’Alba as far back as 1928. Giovanni, Silvano and Luca Pasquero Elia still cultivate their top white wine in Roero: two hectares of Arneis vines are planted at the Vigneto Elisa vineyard in Priocca, named after their grandmother. ‘With both Arneis and Nebbiolo, we are increasingly looking for tradition’, as Silvano Pasquero Elia explains the estate’s philosophy.
Roero DOCG Arneis Elisa 2019
This Arneis spends nearly half a year on the lees, and is aromatic and delicately spicy on the nose and polished on the palate, with accentuated acidity and an elegant, fresh finish. Good with antipasti, fish or white meat.
Tenuta Carretta is one of the Piedmont wine estates most steeped in history: wine was being made in Piobesi d’Alba as far back as 1467. The vineyards stand in a wide range of Roero and Langhe areas, with 40 continuous hectares stretching around the winery in Piobesi d’Alba. Arneis, Nebbiolo, Barbera and Favorita are grown here. ‘The whole spectrum of Piedmont’, as estate director Giovanni Minetti explains.
Roero Arneis DOCG Cayega 2020
With 23 hectares of vineyards to provides its grapes, this is the estate’s flagship wine: floral and apricot nose, pleasingly timeless style with well-integrated acidity, fruity and fresh.
Roero DOCG Riserva Bric Paradiso 2015
Bric Paradiso is a plateau with sand, clay and gypsum that adds complexity and minerality to the wine: spicy and fruity nose, full-bodied on the palate with a multifaceted finish of ripe forest fruit and spice.
This estate, founded in the hills of Santo Sefano by father Sandro and uncle Alfredo in 1957, has been run by Silvano Nizza since 2000. Today, eight hectares in the Mombeltrame MGA (among others) are planted with Arneis, Nebbiolo and Barbera, used to make twelve different wines – all to Silvano Nizza’s exacting quality requirements. Hence also the estate’s motto: ‘La Qualità è una scelta – quality is a choice’.
Roero Arneis DOCG 2020
Classic vinification in steel: captivating floral and sage nose, mineral texture, smooth development, fruity and easy-drinking. Good with risotti and pasta with meat.
Roero DOCG Riserva Cà Boscarone 2015
From the hillsides around the winery, matured in small oak barrels for 36 months: bewitching fruit nose with delicate spice, harmonious in the attack, powerful and youthful on the palate with a spicy berry finish.
Antica Cascina dei Conti di Roero in Vezza d’Alba has been making wine since 1950. Today, Daniela Olivero and her husband Luigi are responsible for thirteen hectares. ‘Our philosophy can be summed up in a single word: authenticity’, Luigi explains. The grapes are selected from the various terroirs on this expansive estate. Only traditional Piedmont grape varieties are produced.
Roero Arneis DOCG Riserva Sru 2018
This Riserva has been made for the past two years from the MGA of the same name, with its sandy soils: complex fruity and floral nose accentuated by lively acidity on the palate, and a lingering finish.
Roero DOCG Riserva Vigna Sant’ Anna 2016
From a hectare of vines 350 metres above sea level: ripe stone fruit, spice and violet aromas on the nose, compact texture with polished tannins and a lingering fruity finish.
The Battaglino family has been cultivating its Roero vineyards – now covering five hectares – for three generations. ‘Each vineyard has its own personality’, Fabrizio Battaglino explains. The family is therefore also hugely committed to the concept of Roero MGAs. The Nebbiolo grapes for the Roero Rosso stand on the Colla hillside near Vezza d’Alba, and soon there will also be a white Bastia Riserva that will undergo a long period of maceration on the skins.
Roero Arneis DOCG Bastia 2019
From a vineyard near Vezza d’Alba at around 350 metres above sea level: green apple and floral aromas, full-bodied on the palate with good acidity and a saline, mineral finish. Good with fish antipasti and poultry.
Roero DOCG Riserva Colla 2016
Coming from the site of the same name 320 metres above sea level, this wine is matured in new oak: cherry, leather and tobacco nose, juicy on the palate with perceptible acidity and well-integrated tannins, powerful right into the finish.
The 25-hectare estate owned by the Demarie family has held organic certification since the 2020 vintage: the vineyards are in Vezza, Castagnito and Guarene, mostly at around 350 metres above sea level in the traditional Roero soils with lots of shell limestone. Arneis white wines are a speciality: the range also includes an orange wine made from Arneis and an Arneis Spumante DOCG. This winery in Vezza d’Alba is now run by Aldo Demarie.
Roero Arneis DOCG 2020
After vinification in steel vats, the wine remains on the lees until at least February: a nose shaped by fresh fruit and elderflower aromas, smooth on the palate, combining polish with elegance.
Roero DOCG Riserva 2017
This selection of Nebbiolo grapes spends 18 months in oak. The result offers up black cherry, herb and menthol aromas, then is well balanced on the palate with fine-grained tannins; elegant.