Castagna 2017-18 Barbarossa (Nebbiolo)

“The damn thing is as much a smudge of blood-stained ecstacy as a drink. (2015 Vintage)” Philip White

$79.00

Notes

After the first release of our Cru Nebbiolo, Barbarossa, last year – which by the way is really starting to come into its own – I wanted to follow with something at least as exciting. I believe we have achieved that by blending together two vintages, 2017 and 2018.

I know it’s unusual, but I believe the blend has delivered an exciting wine.

Olive Tapenade and tomato leaf meet balsamic strawberries and raspberry coulis. The more fruit-forward elements make way for green peppercorn and with time and development in the glass, crushed rose petals dusted in white pepper shine through along with meadow hay and some tar.

There’s an ethereal quality on the palate, which makes it very gluggable; but this is deceptive as this wine has serious structure; like a silk glove over an iron fist. It is less about fruit expression and more about how the tannin structure feels rolling around in the mouth – a juxtaposition of power and presence, while also being delicate and ever-so-drinkable.

Mike Bennie wrote in Winefront:

Garnet with black rims in the glass. Beautiful wine, pretty and fine, fresh, a ruby rolling round in the palate, pomegranate and cherry juice in the palate, amaro-like characters, a touch of mouth perfume, pretty as, some apparent sweeter fruitiness, then the tannin roll, sheath- like, exceptionally long. This is wholly its own expression of Nebbiolo, determined not to ape Piedmont, and excelling. Kudos, it’s outstanding drinking. 95 Points

 

“…the fruit is optimally ripe, rather than excessively so; the oak impeccably appointed; the complexity thrilling and the finish ever so long.” Ned Goodwin