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||94 Pts John Gilman - View from the Cellar||Size:||750ML
94 Pts John Gilman - View from the Cellar
The 2012 Nebbiolo from Giornataâs Luna Matta Vineyard is an excellent wine that really recalls a fine, classically-styled Barbaresco in its complexity and impressive transparency down to its underlying soil. The wine is made in a classic Piemontese manner, with indigenous yeasts, long macerations and fully twenty-four months aging in older casks prior to bottling. The bouquet is excellent, offering up a youthfully complex blend of red and black cherries, licorice, tar, a bit of gamebird, lovely herb tones, a superb base of soil and a topnote of camphor. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, chewy and beautifully focused, with a fine core, excellent balance and nascent complexity, ripe tannins and a very long, soil-driven and properly structured finish. This is still a puppy and needs at least another five or six years to really start to blossom, but it is beautifully detailed already and its ultimate quality is very easy to read. Clearly the finest nebbiolo I have tasted outside of Barolo or Barbaresco! 2021-2050+
"The journey in creating Giornata started with a dream to create wines from Italian grapes grown in California employing the sensibility and philosophy of Italian winemaking. We work with the same grape vines (clonal material) as the best producers in Italy. The Central Coast of California posseses many of the attributes of the top wine growing regions of Italy. Our winemaking style leans more Italian than Californian in that we favor wines with balance and subtlety rather than intensity and extraction. We pick our grapes at lower sugar levels and handle our must gently in the cellar, thus resulting in wines that belong on the Italian dinner table possesing both ample acidity and tannin. Traveling to Italy on a regular basis, we continue to receive feedback on our efforts while researching Italian winemaking and viticultural methods." -Winery