2005 Vietti Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco- Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC (4/10/2010)
Robust nose of dark red fruit, sweet licorice, and milk chocolate. Smooth, silky in the mouth with soft but present tannins. Long tasty finish of chocolate-covered sour cherries. Should drink well for the next 8-10 years.(91 pts.)
Steve M, I have not had the 06 or 07, but both are supposed to be good. It’s a blend of lesser vineyards and young vines from their crus, so it tends to be pretty consistent. I don’t know Vine Republic in Mountinside, NJ, but they are listing the 06 for $20.
They mix it up a bit. I would say they lean to the traditionalist side, but use some modern techniques. They use different approaches for different wines. Look through the descriptions on their website, e.g. “Lazzarito …is our most modern interpretation of Barolo.”
The 2005 Perbaco was “moved into barriques for 10 months, and then transferred in oak cask for other 16 months. Few months in steel tanks until the bottling” but I don’t detect any strong signs of oak. I suspect these were pretty old barriques.