An unusual, varietal Pelaverga — traditionally a blending grape — grown in Verduno in the Langhe region of Piemonte, west of Alba. The fruit was treated to primary and secondary fermentation in steel, followed by six months of aging prior to bottling.
The robe is a limpid brick rose color with a flame orange rim. The fragrance is woodsy-floral, suggesting tea, rose hips, potpourri, and sandalwood. The palate is astringent, lightly structured and finely articulated, carrying wood-soaked strawberries and balsamic. The finish is cleansing.
I love this wine. It’s light-hearted and delicate yet asserts authority from its profound acidity and tannic backbone. It was a great match for roasted poultry. It is also great as a starter with a mixed cheese and charcuterie course, or with mushroom pastry, cheese straws, melon with Prosciutto. Cleansing enough for gratins but light enough for vegetable casseroles. Incredibly versatile and delicious.
2015 Bel Colle Pelaverga Verduno
14% abv | $30 (sample) Imported by Quintessential