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VALMAGGIORE Nebbiolo d’Alba 2013

 

Tasting notes

The calling card of Valmaggiore is the haunting Nebbiolo aromas, and this vintage is a textbook example of the Roero's potential. Aromas and flavors of sour dark cherries, strawberries and cola notes waft from the glass, with impeccable balance and harmony on the palate.

This wine is delicate, mid-bodied and elegant, with great harmony between the fruit, mineral and acid components. The finish has ripe tannins and excellent length. 

 

Ratings for the vintage 2013
Wine Advocate 91 points
James Suckling 91 points
Vinous 93 points
Wine Spectator 90 points
Wine Enthusiast 90 points
I Vini di Veronelli 2 stelle

 

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Evolution of the vintage 2013

The 2013 harvest will be remembered as "vintage" in the sense that on average picking operations began 15 days later than over the last years, and ended early in November with the last bunches of Nebbiolo.


Overall, it was a season characterized by a dual personality: after an initial cool and rainy phase, we had a second warmer and drier period that allowed the fruit to recover strongly and achieve highly satisfying results.


Even though the bud break took place during a period characterized by low temperatures and frequent rainfalls which made us fear a serious quality loss, by June the atmospheric conditions had markedly improved, and flowering happened under favorable conditions, resulting in a good fruit set.
The true turning point came in July with a period of stable weather. Warm and bright days into October helped the phenolic development. This allowed us to recover most of the disadvantages of the late spring. The cool nights of the last period of maturation helped develop the best characteristics of Nebbiolo, thus obtaining grapes of excellent quality.


In the end, we can say that the vineyard management was demanding, but by making the right choices according to the climate and soil conditions, and by optimal timing of the vineyard operations, we were certainly able to make a difference. Where crop and leaf thinning were performed at the right time and with the right methodology, grapes were obtained that made well-structured and long-lived wines and which made 2013 a particularly good year.


Harvest took place from September 28th until October 10th.

 

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