Il Tordo 2013 Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo La Torretta

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Around Saint Martin’s day (11 November), a brownish songbird called “Tordo” (trhush) visits the vineyards to pick on the last bunches of grapes. This is the time when the Nebbiolo must is put into large oak vats for the first time for the secondary (malolactic) fermentation. Il Tordo is aged for three years in large oak barrels. A full dark ruby, it appears slightly cloudy. This is not a defect, rather evidence for it being a natural wine which was not clarified artificially. At first, it hits the nose and palate with overwhelming wooden notes, and seems slightly unbalanced. Not unlike when you meet certain people for the first time, you soon realise that it is only an initial, potentially misleading, impression. A second sip reveals a strong body, viola, lots of red fruit, wild berries, liquorice, toasted nuts and coffee beans, before a long finish with chocolaty notes. This wine is convincing to the palate, like only great Nebbiolo can be! If you are a “Nebbiolista” and the kind of person who believes in second and third impressions as much as in first impressions, you must try this beautiful wine! This wine needs breathing to express its full potential.

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