Barolo and Barbaresco are at the top of the Langhe hierachy of wines. The austere tannins can be a challenge in early life, often requiring many years to soften. Langhe Nebbiolo is their more accesible cousin, offering amazing value.
This is a wine to be enjoyed in its youth. It may not have the ageing potential or intensity of the Giribaldi Ravera Barolo, but it has all the essential characteristics of Nebbiolo, a wonderful grape that prospers only in the Piedmont region.
The first thing you notice is the intense ruby colour in the glass. The nose will repay a little time to open up. At first there is autumn raspberry tinged with a note of balsamic followed by a herbeacous minty freshness.
The mouth feel is full bodied with well balanced tannins, nothing too overpowering. There are bright red raspberry and cranberry fruits on the palette spiced with star anise. The finish is long and lingering.
Excellent with slow cooked meat casserroles or autumnal stews.
Giribaldi wines are a family affair, they are made by Mario Giribaldi, the third generation of the family. His wines are a reflection of the people who make it, those who work in the vineyard under the all-day sun, or in the cold winter snow. Those who work all day and night in the winery during the harvest to watch the wine slowly transform, those who dress the bottle and look after its image, those who are ambassadors and pass on the passion of those who made it.
The Giribaldi winery began at the beginning of the 20th century and has been producing wines for three generations. In those days, times were hard, and agriculture was not only a means of income but also a real pride for those who loved their land even though it made them suffer so much. It was normal for them to make sacrifices for the land they were brought up on.