Silvano Bolmida Langhe Nebbiolo Frales
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Deceptively light in colour, wonderful vineyard practices and thoughtful winemaking create a wonderfully perfumed wine with precise fruit, silky tannins and super length. Intense, but in no way heavy, on the palate.
A thoughtful and restless winemaker, Silvano Bolmida tends his vines with great care. Although not certified organic or biodynamic, his practices in both the vineyard and cellar are minimalist and natural. His great art starts in the cellar where rigorous sorting of the bunches takes place to ensure only the best fruit is selected. For the Langhe Nebbiolo, the juice is left on the skins for only about 6 days. This ensures only a light extraction of tannins, greatly adding to the drinkability of the wine (it also explains the lighter colour of the wine, but don't be fooled by this). About 15% of the wine is whole-bunch fermented; this adds complexity and depth, and a lovely hint of woodiness (not stalkiness) to the wine. As the whole bunches are placed at the bottom of the fermentation vessel, a tiny bit of carbonic maceration takes place, bringing just a little more fruit intensity to the wine.
The overall result is a marvel of bright fruits mingled with a touch of "forest floor", wrapped in a fine layer of tannins. Immensely interesting, which happily in no way detracts from the drinakability of the wine. A really super example of Langhe Nebbiolo.