2014 Castelli Vineyards Nebbiolo Fosco- USA, California, Sonoma County, Green Valley of Russian River Valley (3/1/2020)
Wow, this is by far the best nebbiolo I have had outside of Italy. Lovely nose of violets and rose hips, with those rustic notes I associate with good Italian wine. Some very nice acidity paired with some pretty grippy tannins – yet there is lovely fruit that sits in the middle and is not hidden. So this is not a “gee I wonder what is behind that tannin or acidity” sort of wine – but it clearly has both so can age for a while. I am really impressed with this – and frankly it is an absurd qpr at $17 during BDXI. We are probably opening the Estate later today, though I hesitate to as I fear it will make me like this one less if it is much better! (91 pts.)
My first bottle was a bit Brett infested, but I could tell there was a lot to like underneath - it did seem insanely well done for the price. I need to try another one soon to see if my others are better. (I worry a bit because my next door neighbor has taken in the UPS delivery and perhaps stored it by the heating vent for a couple days - the bottles were a bit warm when I picked them up).
Great that you discovered the glories of Emilio’s Nebbs, Ron. At our NEB gatherings, his is consistently one of the best. The Estate (older vines) is a (not-huge) step
above the Fosco. You’ll like it, too.