TN: Castello di Castellengo Nebbiolo Coste della Sesia '10...(short/boring)

Shared this dinner wine w/ John ystrday:

  1. Cantine del Castello di Castellengo DOC: Coste della Sesia Nebbiolo (13.5%; L.C2010; www.CentoVigne.It)
    Centovigne 2010
    : Med.dark color suspiciously; fairly strong floral/violets/lilacs/Nebb fairly earthy/dusty slight pungent tarry classic Nebb some complex perfumed quite attractive/rich nose; quite tart/tannic bit hard/tannic/astringent strong grapey/floral/lilacs/violets/Nebb rather dusty/OV/earthy slight road tar flavor w/ ample hard/crunchy tannins; very long/lingering pretty tart/acidic/tangy strong grapey/floral/lilacs/violets/Nebb some earthy/dusty/OV slight pungent/tarry rather hard/austere/tannic finish w/ ample hard/crunchy tannins; on the floral side of Nebb but suspiciously rich for pure Nebb; quite a big Nebb that needs more age. $40.00 (EVN)

A wee BloodyPulpit:

  1. This wine came from Enoteca Vino Nostro, the VanNess retail outlet for the ToscoImports wines. Here in the AltoPiemonte, near Gattinara, it is often done to blend a bit of Croatina/Vespolina into the Nebb. Because of the color and texture of this wine, I don’t think it was pure Nebbiolo.

$40 for a coste della sesia is quite ambitious, but perhaps they are actively seeking to operate outside of the tighter constraints of the more famous local DOC/DOCGs. At least it doesn’t sound like Cab Sauv being used to get that colour… as one might suspect in choosing the looser denomination.

Yup, Ian…agree. Rather pricey for a Costa della Sesia. But I didn’t think the quality was out of line w/ the price.
The grapes came from outside the DOC’s there. On the western side of the CdS. And it is supposedly 100% Nebbiolo.
But this is a producer I would buy again.