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Elio Filippino Langhe Nebbiolo DOC 2016

Elio Filippino Langhe Nebbiolo DOC 2016
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A superb drop from the most famous nebbiolo growing area on the planet!

Elio Filippino Langhe Nebbiolo DOC 2016

If you have never sampled a proper Piedmont nebbiolo, this is the right place to start! I have never had nebbiolo made outside of the Piedmont region that tastes quite like it. Langhe is the region within Piedmont where the 2 most famous nebbiolo towns under the sun preside – Barolo and Barbaresco.

Once the grapes have been selected for the more expensive and complex DOCG production to make the Barolo and Barbaresco wines, including the special riservas, the remaining grapes can be used in the lesser DOC label. Although the production of DOC wine is simpler, somewhere in the middle where science meets art, the quality and results of a Langhe DOC can be eerily, mysteriously like its older siblings Barolo and Barbaresco. This particular example is one of those. It’s just a bloody well-made and well-chosen example, and it won’t break the bank!

If we had been blind tested, our first guess would have been Barolo. We sampled several far more exxy Barolos that couldn’t compete on quality with this excellent Langhe DOC. So, with that said, what’s in the bottle? Just like its older siblings Barolo and Barbaresco, you get a whole bunch of soured dates and raisins and a heap of soil and earth chucked in for good measure. All the dimensions join together like a mother with her newborn. This is just a top drop!

For the tasting, we matched it with Moroccan lamb backstrap (click for recipe) and were lost for words for quite a few minutes, before rising to the surface to rave. I wonder what the others are doing when we have these moments! Life’s too short to live without them.

Popsy & JJ tasted and food matched August 2019

Glass

Burgundy

Cellaring

Have now or nest it like a magpie in September for another 10 years.

Decanter

Decant for a good hour or more.
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When these guys first planted nebbiolo vines in the Langhe region all those centuries ago, they weren’t to know what an enduring legacy they would leave the world. This example is top shelf!
A Piedmont nebbiolo, especially this example from Elio, is a must in every wine lover’s home.

Try it with...

Spaghetti Bolognese

Pork and fennel spicy sausage pasta

Pan fried duck with plum sauce

Veal pan fried with thyme and butter sauce

Rosemary roast chicken

Roma style salami pizza

Moroccan lamb backstrap