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    Benevelli Piero Langhe Rosso 'Number 3' 2017

    Benevelli Piero Langhe Rosso 'Number 3' 2017

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    Mondo importers have been working with Massimo to develop a Langhe Rosso (which is a blend of different grape varieties from his own vineyards) for the past five of years. They knew he made amazing Nebbiolo and Barbera but imagine what would happen if they blended both together?
    After many different blends, they finally settled on a 70% Barbera, 30% Nebbiolo mix and this I think is the best for Massimo's vineyards in Monforte. The Barbera give it the upfront ruit and roundness that I love with topline Langhe Rosso, and the Nebbiolo gives it the tannin structure and greater complexity to age. Drink this wine or put it in the cellar for ten years.

    Producer

    It was in 1978 that Piero Benevelli started out with five hectares of vines in Monforte d’Alba and focused on the traditional grapes of Piedmont: Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, and Barbera. His son, Massimo, started his training in the vineyard at age 14 and quickly learned the core principle that still guides him today—to make great wine, you must first have great grapes. The young Massimo Benevelli has developed into an extremely talented Piemontese grower. He exhibits a total command of the production process, from vine to bottle. When tasting his production during various stages of aging—in barrel, tank, and bottle—there is a consistency, a touch, an intangible quality that is the mark of something great. His wines show character, soul, and originality. The Benevelli holdings are mostly concentrated in the southeastern-facing hillside cru of “Ravera” in the deep southeast of the Barolo zone. The wines from Ravera have the distinction of combining the structural strength of neighboring Serralunga d’Alba with the concentration and richness of Bussia and the other crus further north. Massimo’s Baroli are approachable young but like any great Barolo, reveal their true potential after at least five years or more in bottle. His Dolcetto and Langhe Nebbiolo are true Piemontese delights as well—classic and full of pleasure.

    Piero Benevelli's son Massimo has been working in the family vineyard since he was 14 years old.

    Region

    Arguably the greatest wine region in Italy, Piemonte provides a heady confluence of wine, food and scenery that many other regions can only aspire too. Picture autumn, deep in white truffle season, the still snow-capped mountains frame the rolling hills dotted with quaint township slowly appearing out of the regions famous ‘Nebbia’, the fog after which the regions most famous grape variety is named. We speak of course of Nebbiolo, which reaches its apex in the stellar Piemonte regions of Barolo and Barbaresco and provides great value elsewhere across the great Langhe. From the floral, frizzante Moscato d’Asti through to stunning savoury wines of Gavi, Roero Arneis and Favorita (the local term for Vermentino), the white varieties are covered admirably. Barbera and Dolcetto compete with Nebbiolo for attention the reds and provide superb drinking and lesser known varieties such as Freisa and the ethereal Pelaverga can be stunning in the right hands. But Barolo and Barbaresco rule the roost, with superbly perfumed red wines that cellar for decades. Top producers to look for include Gaja, Giacomo Conterno, Bartolo Mascarello, Guiseppe Mascarello, Guiseppe Rinaldi, Vietti, Bruno Giacosa, Massolino, G.B. Burlotto, Vajra, and Paolo Scavino. Local Knowledge: When choosing Barolos, producer is key but our pick of the top six Barolo vineyards are: Brunate, Cerequio, Rocche di Castiglione, Monprivato, Rocche dell’Annunziata and Vigna Rionda, closely followed by Francia and Villero.

    Specifications

    • Cellaring

      5-10 Years
    • Varieties

      Nebbiolo
    • Vintage

      2017
    • Alcohol Content

      14%
    • Closure

      Cork
    • Bottle Size

      750ml

    Critic Reviews (1)

    Gary Walsh

    93 points | June 2019
    70% Barbera and 30% Nebbiolo, and to my mind, the addition of Nebbiolo really improves Barbera…Same as it ever was. Dark fruit, spice, flowers, new leather, liquorice. Ripe and fleshy, flooded with flavour, though not too much, smooth suede tannin, a cool mineral feel to the acidity, and long deep finish. Terrific.
    70% Barbera and 30% Nebbiolo, and to my mind, the addition of Nebbiolo really improves Barbera…Same as it ever was. Dark fruit, spice, flowers, new leather, liquorice. Ripe and fleshy, flooded with flavour, though not too much, smooth suede tannin, a cool mineral feel to the acidity, and long deep finish. Terrific.

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