Giovanetto Sogno d'An Piole 2016
Giovanetto Sogno d'An Piole is an ancient blend, typical of the wine that would have been found here (and Carema) in the 1700's. As the last descendant in a long line, this wine keeps the tradition alive. It has long been known and appreciated by a restricted circle of individuals, and I am so proud to share it with a larger audience. The color is darker than straight Nebbiolo, due to the addition of Vernassa. The aromatics have a beautiful contrast of sweet floral and pepper notes that I adore, while the taste is fuller bodied and fruitier. The other three varietals also soften Nebbiolo (similar to the way Merlot softens Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux).
The blend is comprised of Nebbiolo, Vernassa dal Picul Rus, Neretto Gentile and Neretto Nostrano. The later three varieties are rarely seen outside of the Canavese. Vernassa dal Picul Rus (also called Nerdala), was accurately selected looking for the old clones, so to find the same varieties used by our ancestors. It contributes aromas of violet and white pepper, along with body and freshness. The two Neretto varieties are over 100 years old, with peculiar shapes recalling old men curved by the tough years lived. The wine produced from them is pale, delicate and low in alcohol.