- Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC
- 100% Nebbiolo
- Spontaneous fermentation from indigenous yeasts
- Maceration and fermentation in open steel tanks
- Malolactic fermentation and ageing in French oak tonneaux of 500 liters
- The 2011 Valmaggiore "sibi et paucis" was aged a further 4 years after the original release date of September 2013 in the perfect conditions of Luciano's personal winery cellar.
- First vintage: 1994
- Vineyard in the village of Vezza d'Alba: Valmaggiore
- Alcohol: 13,5%
- Recommended drinking time: 2015 – 2022
VALMAGGIORE Nebbiolo d’Alba 2011
Garnet color. Beautiful red cherry and roses, lovely floral elements with hibiscus flowers, followed by anise and spice notes.
Medium-bodied on the palate, with balance and bright acidity.
Surprisingly good ripe tannins, which come across as "velvety," but with a bit of "nap" - they seem to have a different texture at different points in the mouth.
The wine shows very ripe fruit and finishes dry and precise in the mouth.
Ratings for the vintage 2011
Wine Advocate 92+ points
Stephen Tanzer 91 points
Vinous 92 points
Wine Spectator 88 points
Gambero Rosso 2 bicchieri
I Vini di Veronelli 3 stelle
James Suckling 90
Wine Enthusiast 92 points
Bibenda 4 grappoli
Vini Buoni d'Italia 2 stelle
Kerin O'Keefe 92 points
Evolution of the vintage 2011
Spring started cool and wet, and the rain continued into May, but the temperatures rose considerably, leading to rapid vegetative development, which corrected to some degree the uneven bud break. Some rain in early June affected the flowering that began at the same time, but this had the effect of reducing the berry set, leading to looser clusters with better internal airflow, which is a distinct advantage for preventing diseases. This also led to less green harvesting as the fruit load has already been reduced by the smaller berry set. From end of June onwards, the weather cleared, and the temperatures were warm without being overly hot, leading to a slow, even development of the fruit. Temperatures were highest at the end of August, reaching almost 38°C under dry conditions. The plants were protected from the effects of hydric stress by the abundant groundwater reserves from the winter and spring precipitation. Even our plants in the sandy and well-drained soils of Roero were able to bring their fruit to perfect maturity.
Harvest was conducted from the 1st to the 15th of October.