Nibio, Cascina Degli Ulivi, Stefano Bellotti, Piedmont, Italy 2013

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Nibio, Cascina Degli Ulivi, Stefano Bellotti, Piedmont, Italy 2013

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Nibio is the local name for a particular strain of Dolcetto, characterised by very small berries and red stems, that it is regarded as the father of the Dolcetto we see in greater abundance today. The name ‘Nibio’ appears in documents found in Genoa dating back over 1,000 years. As you will see when you taste this wine (and you must!), it produces a wine with plenty of colour, body and tannins, so it needs time to soften and this 2013 vintage is just coming into its own now.

It’s made by the legendary naturalista, Stefano Bellotti, using biodynamic farming methods and vinified without any chemical additions whatsoever (no sulphur at all), so the aromas immediately announce that it’s a ‘natural wine’ with a bit of volatile acidity and a light, funky groove playing in the background, but these ‘faults’, as the purists would label them, merely add intrigue to what’s a magnificent, edgy, sour, juicy, succulent and unmistakably Piemontese red. It’s all kinds of cherry, but with that wonderful northern Italian quality that evokes wild flowers, loose tea, ink, scuffed leather and kirsch. Drink this with fatty meats or pasta with a rich ragu, because the acidity is high and will cut through nicely. 13.5% alc. Dink now-2030.

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