2017-C Mazzoni Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo dei Monteregio, Piedmont, Italy (750ml)
A Monthly Wine Club Selection
Bright red with a garnet rim. Aromas of strawberry and dusty red fruits. On the palate the wine is suave and silky, loaded with fresh berry fruit, cherry, red plum and a ﬁne-grained tannin that suggests black tea. Very approachable, a delightful starter Nebbiolo and perfect for summer sipping.
The Mazzoni family has traced its history in the Ghemme area back to the 1300s, and in their town archives of Cavaglio d’Agogna where the cantina is located to this day, there are documents that attest to a Matteo Mazzoni renting a house with a wine cellar and a shop in 1502. With the advent of industrialization after WW2 in this part of northern Italy, Tiziano Mazzoni’s father abandoned life as a farmer. At the time it was a question of economic survival, and he did not feel that he had a choice. Fortunately, things have come full circle for Tiziano—it was his generation to rediscover a passion for the countryside and its wines.
Inspired by his passion for Barolo, one of the icons of Italian red wines, Tiziano Mazzoni returned to his family’s roots in Ghemme in 1999, hoping to prove that the Langhe wasn’t the only source of world-class Nebbiolo in Piedmont. Ghemme’s volcanic, clay-rich soils translate into wines with ample body, structure and character, and Mazzoni’s non-interventionist methods allow the grapes to express themselves fully. Current production of the estate is only 1250 cases from 4.5 hectares; all farming practices are organic, the wines produced beneﬁt from longer fermentations and see no new oak. Nebbiolo is known locally as Spanna.
This charming red is 100% Nebbiolo sourced from 10-20-year-old vines, and all the fruit is grown in estate vineyards in Ghemme and Cavaglio d’Agogna. The grapes were hand-harvested, destemmed and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. The resulting wine was aged for one year in older 500L French oak tonneaux, and bottled unﬁned and unﬁltered.