A part of Nino Negri since 1897, this vineyard is situated at the convergence of alpine valleys with abundant glaciers and where cold breezes mean lower than average temperatures.The natural vegetation is Mediterranean with plants such as lavender and rosemary, a strange contrast to the low temperatures. The resulting wine is flavoursome and floral with a characteristically spicy aroma.
A distinctly snowy and rainy winter started off the 2018 vintage.A cold spring kept back active growth by 15 days compared to the seasonal norm.There then followed a regular summer season with average temperatures and low rainfall allowing ideal ripening for the Nebbiolo.The low rainfall and warmth continued into the beginning of October so avoiding the onset of any phytosanitary problems meaning that extremely healthy grapes were picked.
The cold micro-climate results in a longer cycle of vegetative growth for the Nebbiolo seen in its intense ruby colour with slight garnet highlights; complex aromas with hints of dog rose and violet evolving into spicy notes such as rosemary and lavender. Dense, rich and well-structured tannins on the palate. Well-balanced fresh acidity leads to a long, flavoursome finish. Another year of bottle ageing lends ideal balance to the natural robustness of the wine.
Ideal with all meat dishes and medium-mature cheeses.
The Valgella Zone of “Vigna Fracia”