2015 Bricco Maiolica
Touch more aromatic, floral, violets, blackberry, dark cherry, touch of mocha. Slick and bright, lovely supple dark fruit, cherries and blackberry, delicious acidity, beautiful shape ripe tannins, sleek and long. L&S (Apr 2017)
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Beppe Accomo is a passionate, young and ambitious viticulturist making wines of excellent quality on his 20 hectare estate making gloriously uncomplicated, yet sophisticated wines that do not require years of bottle age. His Barbera is from old vines which produce tiny bunches of grapes making a wine with concentrated aromas of black cherries, deep colour, and fine rich flavour with hints of chocolate on the finish. Equally successful is the deep purple, ripe morello cherry fruit packed Dolcetto - one of the best from Diano d'Alba by a long stretch. His Nebbiolo is also chock full of raspberry and bilberry fruit with tremendous structure and length making it one of the best simple expressions of Nebbiolo which can be drunk on a regular basis and when relatively young.
Piedmont has the distinction of making, not only some of Italy's greatest wines, but also of using grape varieties rarely found elsewhere. The undisputed king of these varieties is the very noble Nebbiolo, in this case represented by Andrea Oberto's bright but solid Langhe Nebbiolo, a wine that outdoes many a Barolo. Piedmont's staple red variety is, however, Barbera with its juicy cherry fruit and often surprising body. Dolcetto - the "little sweet one" - is always densely coloured but often at the simpler fruitier end of things; not so Luigi Einaudi's beefy Barolo-alike Vigna Tecc. We have, also, included in this case the unusual Le Piane from the far north-east of Piedmont, from an almost obsolete region - Boca - and a mostly obscure variety - Croatina, backed up with Nebbiolo and Erbalauce; recognisably Piedmontese but with a gentler thoughtful edge.
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