Eraldo Viberti, Langhe Nebbiolo 2014
Spectacular library release of Viberti’s 2014 Nebbiolo that, for all intents, is a baby version of his beautiful Barolo!
Eraldo Viberti’s story begins in 1960 in La Morra – Barolo’s beautiful, pastoral village in Piedmont, northern Italy. Eraldo’s family were growers in post-WWII La Morra, selling fruit to the large co-ops and big producers. Coinciding with entry into the Economic Union in the ‘80s, Eraldo took over the reins and decided to move everything “in-house,” investing in a winery and cellar to produce wines from his familial vineyards.
Nebbiolo from the “Langhe” appellation is meant to highlight a younger, earlier-drinking version of Piedmont's most distinguished wine, Barolo. Eraldo’s 2014 is treated much the same: severe vineyard selection, hand harvesting, and aging in oak for only a year less than the required three to be labeled “Barolo.”
After a generous eight years in bottle, you’ll find that this is hitting on all cylinders now, showing a lovely garnet-crimson core in the glass, reflective of its bottle age. On the nose, a scintillating blend of savory fruit and earth, kissed with a hint of toasty, developed notes of pipe tobacco, mushroom and mint. Decant for an hour and the notes of dried cherry, red flower potpourri, and soft, caressing mineral notes emerge, true to its La Morra terroir.
He’s fanatical about quality in the vineyard, pruning and dropping fruit to deepen and magnify the intensity of the grapes. Whole bunches are carefully hand harvested, fermented in stainless steel and aged for 24 months in barrel, riding the line between the traditional and modern schools of winemaking in Barolo. And though he’s been farming responsibly and sustainably for years, he officially certified his operation organic in 2018.
The value proposition of a find like this is hard to overstate. And we’re the only destination for this gorgeous expression of Langhe Nebbiolo. Enjoy!
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