Alessandro & Gian Natale Fantino Rosso dei Dardi 2016

$31.99 per single bottle
Size: 1 bottle (750ml)

About This Wine

The Rosso dei Dardi is 100% Nebbiolo from Dardi, done in steel, with carbonic maceration. A textbook example of the vintage, the wine exudes class and personality. A host of dark cherry, plum, violet, spice and mint nuances open up effortlessly. The wine is at once translucent yet powerful as only Nebbiolo can be.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Nebbiolo
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Appellation Monforte d'Alba
Brand Alessandro & Gian Natale Fantino
Vintage 2016

Wines of Piedmont

In the North-Western corner of Italy, with a backdrop of the visually stunning Alps, Piedmont is a great place to visit for wine tourism. It is also home to some of the most sought-after wines in the country.

Nebbiolo is the region’s most prestigious grape variety, a red variety not seen much in Australia. Wines made from this grape are powerful with remarkably high levels of tannins but a balancing acidity. The Piedmont region offers the grapes with a reliable autumn fog that provides a cooling effect which is particularly beneficial to the growth of Nebbiolo. This pre-harvest fog (“nebbia” in Italian) is actually where the grape’s name comes from. The fog is vital in that it prolongs the time spent on the vine and allows the grapes to achieve full ripeness.

The most famous examples of Nebbiolo come from the appellations (subregions) of Barolo and Barbaresco, known for their ability to age well, firm tannins and distinct smell of tar and roses. Barolo is a big tannic expression of Nebbiolo, while Barbaresco only about 15km away makes a more elegant style. Barolo wines are generally the more expensive of the two and are known to cellar for decades.

By volume however, Barbera is the most planted red grape in Piedmont. This grape makes a juicy, low tannin but high acidity easy-going red. Perhaps somewhat like a lighter style Shiraz.

While there are quite a few white varieties planted in the region, the most notable is Moscato d’Asti, made in a sparkling style in the Asti subregion.

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The Wine Front – So bright and frisky, it needs a little time in glass to settle itself down. Raspberry, dried banana and strawberry carbonic lift, a little spice and new leather, floral top notes too. Light to medium bodied, but wonderful intensity of fruit, ripe grainy tannin, and length. It becomes a little more ‘minerally’ and serious if you give it time, though there’s no harm in enjoying its playful fruitiness right away, gulp by gulp.

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