Updated: Dec 29, 2019
Adriano Marco e Vittorio
Sonadaive Barbaresco 2015 DOCG
This nectar is a 100% Nebbiolo (sorry, but somebody may not know this fact), a black grape with high level of tannins and acidity, but little colour. By law, Barbaresco DOCG must be aged for two years before release, with nine months in oak. This specific nectar comes from a southwest-facing vineyard located at 280m asl. The vines average age is 30 years. The harvest is accomplished manually during the second ten days of October. Then the grapes are crushed and fermented in stainless steel basins at 28C. After a few months in stainless steel wine jars, it is aged in Slavonian oak barrels of an average capacity from 30 to 50hl. Before the release, the divine juice ages in the bottle. Salute!!
In the glass the wine has a garnet colour. The intensity is medium to pale. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. The aromatic palette is pure elegance. There are delicate notes of rose and dry flowers, then an explosion of red fruits. Swirling the glass, your nostril can enjoy refreshing hints of balsamic herbs and black pepper. The secondary aromas are cedar, dark chocolate and a coffee. The tertiaries are quite austere: fine leather, earth, mushroom and a touch of savoury.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and medium high tannins. The alcohol is high (i.e. 14%). Despite these features, the nectar is pure velvet. It is so smooth and rounded. On the palate, the red fruits, the rose and the balsamic notes are more vivid. The flavour intensity is medium plus and the finish is long.
The wine is well made. It is balanced and has a good flavour intensity and lasting. Its strengths are the freshness and the roundness. It is not a “grumpy” wine. The tannins are there, but they are already smooth, the aromatic bouquet is not too virile, but it more tilted towards fruity and floral fragrances. I like it! And 2015 keeps confirming itself as a great vintage in Piedmont (and all over Italy). This nectar is perfect with game, red meats, and “stinky” cheeses…. I drank it with a nice culatello…. Well, do I need to say something?! It is fully enjoyable even by its own.