Mix and match with other Direct wines from this producer for minimum purchase of 6 bottles (or equivalent of 4500mL) per producer. Purchases must be in multiples of 6. Ships directly from winery to you in a few weeks - $4/bottle for 12 (+$2 if order less than $400) or more & $6/bottle for 6 (+$2 if order less than $200) per producer.
Our tasting impressions
This Nebbiolo/Barbera blend charms with its light and zesty flavors. it's easy to drink but doesn't want for sophistication because the Nebbiolo seems to have the upper hand with the Barbera providing weight and ripeness. Not the most common blend but we'd welcome more if they taste like this beauty.
About this wine
A blend of Barbera and Nebbiolo from vines at 330m trained in the Guyot system. Manually harvested in tearly October and de-stemmed and given a soft pressing.
Fermentation is 7-8 days at 25/26°C. Micro-oxygenation is done order to soften the tannins and elevate the nose. After the malolactic fermentation the wine is stored in steel tanks for 1 year before bottling.
About the grape blend
Barbera is a dark-skinned grape from vigorously growing, easy to manage vines. Barbera wines are high in acidity, low in tannins and light-bodied - although they can give the impression that they are big and hearty because of their purplish-black hue and relative roundness.
Nebbiolo vines tend to grow upwardly with abandon, so management is essential to limit grape production and channel energy to them. They also are very particular about where they will thrive, which is why Nebbiolo is seldom found outside of Piedmont. Even there, it only is successful when planted on south facing slopes (much sun is needed for ripening), at elevations between 250 and 450 meters (lower there is too much frost exposure, higher the grapes won’t ripen). Wines from Nebbiolo usually are pale-colored, high in acidity and very tannic. Common flavor descriptors are rose and tar. They tend to be highly aromatic.
About the vintage
2018 was a remarkably uneventful year in the Langhe. That, plus fine weather around harvest, adds up to a good vintage.
Daniele's suggested musical pairing: Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony No.8
Suggested Glassware: Grassl Liberté
Mario Pelassa and Maria Teresa Pelassa established their Montà d'Alba wine estate in 1960. For the remainder of the century, they sold their wine to grateful clients in northern Italy.
When their sons took charge, the scope and ambition grew. Daniele makes the wine and is a tour-de-force in global marketing and sales. Davide prefers to stay close to the land and manages the vineyards. From their 15ha in Roero and Verduno, they now concentrate on three grapes - Nebbiolo, Barbera and Arneis and produce 100,000 bottles per year.
Daniele sub-titled Pelassa Romantic Wines of Piedmont. We are particularly enamored of his inclusion of musical pairings for each of his wines (which we will faithfully convey to our members). It is appropriate because his wines so beautifully inspire intellectually and emotionally.