Viatoris canticum nocturnum

“(…) This wine created wholly from the nebbiolo grape (also known in various parts of the mountains of Piedmont and Lombardy as spanna or chiavennasca), is an elegant and graceful wine with a subtle tenacity that is breathtaking. (…)”

“(…) It is a wine of the mountains. The best high-altitude wines have a lift that lets them float across the palate to find each sensory receptor, like a prima ballerina who deftly caresses the stage as she pirouettes. (…)”

“(…) a deceptively subtle wine. It never bears a deep colour. Almost from infancy it has a brick tint to its robe that might lead one to doubt its longevity.(…)”

“(…) Its backbone of tannin is silky rather than hard, masking rather than flaunting its toughness. In this era when so many wines strive to overwhelm the consumer, it is a wine of finesse that invites one to contemplate its character rather than celebrate its ferocity.(…)”

“(…) Its magic lies in the fact that it renders pleasure, starting in its youth, that seems never to end. It is the ultimate long-distance runner: lithe, lean, supremely well-conditioned, impeccably balanced.

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(Text: Neal Rosenthal. Photo: Shef. Huge debt of gratitude to both: Buonsangue.)

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Post scriptum:

Kod mnogih starijih boca tzv. planinskog nebbiola primjecujem cepove koje su, narocito sa stanovista danashnjeg vremena i njegove gotovo bezgranicne vjere u raznorazne aspekte “tehnicke superiornosti”, toliko majushni i kratki da bi se vecina ljudi s nevjericom pitala kako je pod njima uopce moguca ovakva upravo egzemplarna vinska dugovjecnost. Kako sam bas danas u nekoj raspravi naishao na duhovit komentar upravo na tu temu, ucinilo mi se prikladno navesti ga naknadno ispod ovog post-a. Dame i gospodo, legendarni Sandro Sangiorgi (komentira bocu Sasselle iz 1970.): “Nel ’70, dopo questo inizio duro in cui era come se la mia curiosità sbattesse contro un muro, arriva una bella sostanza, perfettamente conservata. Questo anche grazie ai tappi che, prima dell’era “fallocratica” di Gaja, erano corti, con un colore maturo ed elastici.”

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Oglasi

4 komentara to “Viatoris canticum nocturnum”

  1. Woooooooooooohooooooooo!
    🙂 Im officially impressed. And rather than bear witness to this posts ferocity, I will enjoy its character 😉

  2. Glad you like my Zen post, master 🙂

  3. in short, if it were a man, i’d marry it.

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