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VALMAGGIORE Nebbiolo d’Alba 2010


Tasting notes

Our Valmaggiore 2010 was officially released in September of 2012, a wine which when still too young timidly took his first steps on a climb that today, after six years of life, has come back to us with such self-assurance that we can only be proud.


The last four years of aging in bottle in our cellar specifically dedicated to the "sibi&paucis" project have softened the tannins to where now the mouthfeel is soft and velvety.


In the nose sweet licorice and summertime red fruits invite the senses, followed by the mythic, round, red cherry fruit and the enveloping and fragrant wild rose petals. We must be patient with this wine as if it were a child in the prime of his adolescence.


Leave him the time to reach his fullest expression, which normally begins after seven to eight years after the vintage, reaching it fullest splendor and expression up to 12-15 years of age.


Ratings for the vintage 2010

Wine Advocate 92 points

Vinous 93 points

Wine&Spirits 89 points 

Gambero Rosso 2 bicchieri

Bibenda 4 grappoli

Vini Buoni 4 stelle

L'Espresso 14,5/20

I Vini di Veronelli 3 stelle



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Evolution of the vintage 2010

The significant precipitations of both snow and rain in the winter, replenished the groundwater reserves after the warm 2009 season. The spring showed alternating periods of wet and dry. Bud break was inconsistent depending on exposure and altitude of individual parcels. Moderate warmth began before the flowering which occurred in the normal time frame.


The season continued with weather patterns that we would consider "normal" by historic standards but would be considered "cool" today. This allowed for a long cycle, and the plants never suffered from excess heat. Other than a week of moderate heat at the time of the veraison during the first 10 days of August (which gave a very consistent color change to the red grapes) temperatures never exceeded the norms of a "classic" year.


In 2010, it was essential to manage the crop loads and the vegetative cover at the level of the individual plant. Crop thinning and judicious use of green harvesting were essential. The Nebbiolo plots in the Barolo zone performed spectacularly well, giving fruit of both great structure and delicacy. The long harvest period allowed individual plots to be harvested at the correct time without being rushed.


2010 can be considered a "once in a generation" vintage for its grace and seemingly effortless ability to age. The combination of climactic conditions yields fruit of uncommon maturity and complexity.




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