I had woken up feeling as though I was coming down with a cold; by the evening I had a sore throat and was achy all over. I immediately went rummaging through my wine bar rack for something Italian. I was brought up in a house where Italian dry wine was known to have medicinal qualities that could cure just about any sort of malaise. It could be any type of grape, just as long as it’s very, very dry. Casa Vinicola Aldo Rainoldi is located in the northernmost wine region in Lombardy, famed for its Nebbiolo vines. Headed by Peppino Rainoldi and his nephew Aldo, the estate was founded in 1925 by Peppino’s grandfather. Known for making “wines with strong personalities”, Peppino and Aldo apply their same high standards to this entry-level Nebbiolo. A portion of the grapes are left untouched [not pressed], then aged in large oak barriques for a few months. He advises to serve this Nebbiolo in large glasses to highlight the particularly rich aromas.
Transparent garnet with cranberry highlights in colour, aromas of fruity raspberry and cherry swirled about with earthy tree bark and warm stone minerals. Bright fruit flavours of cherry and blackberry were entwined with hints of herbaceous anise in the silky, medium body. Palate cleansing tannins were backed up by earthy minerals and a rich espresso finish. Rustic and easy drinking, this is a wonderful glass for the table, especially with appetizers and cheeses.
Estate Bottled by Aldo Rainoldi
Enjoy now thru 2016