93 Insider Points
The 2015 Langhe Nebbiolo from Cascina Alberta is another invino exclusive that recently landed in the US. A superb wine showing all the complexity of this amazing grape, red cherry, raspberry, tobacco, smoke, tar, orange peel, rose, cedar, and leather. The firm structure, dry tannin and long finish balance nicely, and should make for a very age worthy wine. Enjoy now through 2025. - DZ Jan 2017
Langhe DOC, Piedmont, Italy
Oh baby! Baby Barolo that is. The 2015 Cascina Alberta Langhe Nebbiolo is sleek, young, and intense. Showing the enhanced investment and commitment to cultivating Nebbiolo within the Langhe DOC Nebbiolo growing zone, afficiandos stateside have been enjoying wines hovering between $20-25, when they can find it. Hence, it's not often you see “affordable” and “Nebbiolo” in the same glass, but this direct import puts the crown jewel of Piedmont in easy grasp.
Two brothers are behind the brilliant farming project of Cascina Alberta. Among their 56 acres of meadows, orchards, and woodlands sit 17 acres of estate vineyards. This Langhe Nebbiolo fruit comes straight from the young Barbaresco vines which run along the rugged Langhe hillsides.
The first to bud and the last to ripen, Nebbiolo is a notoriously fickle grape. Cascina Alberta practices minimal intervention; from their rugged vineyards to the sleek bottle. Hand-harvested fruit is gently crushed, ferments with the aid of native yeasts, and rests in large oak vats to gain its distinct lavender and raspberry character.
A deep garnet red in the glass, the 2014 Cascina Alberta Langhe Nebbiolo blooms in aromas of violets and roses. Intense, young, and structured on the palate, this wine is no brooding meditation but rather a light and racy celebration. One that you can enjoy time and time again!
The Story to Know:
On a farm tucked into these rugged foothills, two brothers are growing a revolution while keeping alive the traditions of Piedmont’s Langhe region. The 56-acre farm project has 17 acres planted to vines. Love of the Langhe and its traditions act as the fulcrum for the farms philosophy. From sustainable viticulture and respect of the ecosystem to the minimal human interference, the land here grows free. And freedom allows the vines to grow strong and flourish under the Piedmont sun.
Nebbiolo shines brightest in the rugged soils tucked in the foothills which give Langhe its name. (Langhe is the plural Langa, the given name of the foothills to the south of Alba in Piedmont.) The first to bud and the last to ripen, these crown jewels of Piedmont are responsible for some of the finest and longest-lived wines in the world.
If you want to speak as the Italians do, say “Piemonte” (pee-ay-MON-tay).
Year after year this winery seeks to capitalize on the experience gained to try to crank up the quality of all their work in the cellar, following the philosophy of the Langhe tradition. A focus on long maceration in stainless steel vats is key.
The colour is deep garnet red with classic Nebbiolo aromas of violets and roses. The taste is young but intense with sweet and fine tannins with good persistence.
Located between Vignale and Camagna, in the heart of Monferrato, Cascina Alberta sits on an isolated and quiet hilltop, just a few steps from the surrounding picturesque villages.
Here the charm of colors, bright views and good wine are renewed every season.
Monferrato is about 90Km from Turin, Milan, Genoa. In an hour you can reach the sea or the Alps. This centrality makes Monferrato pleasant to live comfortable, only for the weekend or for a special day.
This Nebbiolo best accompanies main courses of meat, sausages and hard cheeses.