- 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 2015 Valmaggiore "sibi et paucis" was aged a further 4 years after the original release date of September 2017 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: 2020 – 2030
VALMAGGIORE Nebbiolo d’Alba 2015
The Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d’Alba 2015 is a noble wine that shows great natural elegance, heightened by its complex perfume.
On the nose, the floral aspects are now dominant, showing violets, rose and iris, compensated by deep strawberries and cherries with a note of licorice.
On the palate, the sweetness of the tannins and strawberry fruit jump out; these are persistent in the mouth, and characteristic of Valmaggiore Nebbiolo.
The wine has lost of touch of its initial raciness over the last 4 years in bottle, but still possesses excellent freshness. It has gained considerably in weight, balance and complexity, and the finish is very long with excellent sweet tannins.
Ratings for the vintage 2015
Wine Advocate 94 points
Vinous 90 points
Wine Spectator 91 points
Wine&Spirits 92 points
Vini Buoni d`Italia 4 stelle
I Vini di Veronelli 2 stelle
Weinwisser 18/20 Punkte
Evolution of the vintage 2015
The year 2015 was characterized by a period of extraordinary heat, followed by a milder period that allowed the perfect maturation of the grapes, giving the wines generosity, balance and harmony.
7 weeks of extreme heat from the last week of June to August 14 were ended by a series of strong storms that rapidly brought cooler temperatures for the near-perfect maturation during the last 10 weeks of vegetative cycle.
The wines of this vintage show generosity and abundance in both taste and aroma.
We have learned much with regards to timing and its importance for the work in the vineyards over the last 20 years. Key practices, such as more careful defoliation, greater freedom of natural vegetative growth and especially the careful management of timing the vineyard practices have been optimized for best results. For example, crop-thinning too early often leads to fruit with notes of over-ripeness and excessive concentrations while doing it too late causes bitter and astringent phenolic results.
Many of the innovations that we have developed over the hottest years were put in practice during 2015 to get ripe, balanced fruit and the final results of our vineyard management are evident in the glass. In sum, the 2015 vintage is characterized by excellent maturation and well-developed, enveloping fruit, balanced with good freshness and ripe tannins in the Nebbiolo. 2015 is a beautiful example of generosity, balance and harmony.