2012 Nebbiolo

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2012 Nebbiolo
2012 Nebbiolo

The Nebbiolo grape, often called the blood grape, comes from the Piedmont region of Italy and a sub-region called Nebbiolo.  This is an old grape that dates back to the 7th century and the writings of a monk.  From that time to the early part of the 1700s, it was reserved for the exclusive use of the Italian nobility earning the title "The King of Wine" and "The Wine of Kings."

Persistent but refined tannins and a firm acidic backbone add depth to the full structures and silky-smooth texture on the palate.

Tasting Notes:

Color:  Garnet

Aromas:  Dried cherry, dried plum, hazelnut.

Taste:  Flavors of red cherries, cedar and hazelnut.

Food Pairing:  Pairs well with vegetarian fare such as beans, stuffed mushrooms and root crops. Also good with German sausages and various Worst, game, wild boar, pork, beef, and beaufort cheese.

Production notes
42 months new and used French and American Oak
Varietal Composition100% Nebbiolo
AppellationLoudoun County, VA
VineyardBreaux Vineyards
Acid7.02 mg/L
Wine StyleDry Red
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date04/07/2016
Cases Produced317

Silver Medal - 2017 International Eastern Wine Competition (East Meets West)

2012 Virginia Commercial Grape Report Season Summary

Virginia vineyards produced high-quality fruit in 2012. 2012 was not an excessively challenging year for growing grapes. We had a long growing season with budbreak occurring three to four weeks earlier than normal across the state. Minimal spring frost damage across the state allowed most vineyards to pull in a full crop. Hot weather was prominent through the summer months, but in September and October the weather was considerably cooler, with more pleasant ripening temperatures. Two large storms caused some trellis and fence damage - the derecho in June and Hurricane Sandy in late October - though neither storm impacted fruit quality.

Early-season whites and late-season reds generally seemed to ripen optimally in 2012. Growers reported some flattening of ripening rates of mid-season reds. A new fruit fly species in the area caused some growers to harvest earlier than preferred. Warm, wet weather events in late August caught some growers off-guard, but overall, diseases were generally manageable in 2012.

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