2016 Schiavenza Nebbiolo delle Langhe

SKU #1385731 Wine Spectator

 A lean, sinewy style that keeps the cherry, earth, tar and eucalyptus flavors close to the vest. Vibrant acidity keeps this focused as it lingers with mineral, tobacco and fruit notes. Best from 2020 through 2025. (BS, Web Only-2019)

K&L Notes

This 100% Nebbiolo bottling from Schiavenza is sourced from plots in the village of Serralunga d'Alba. So yes, this under-$30 bottle is declassified Barolo that was vinified to drink at a young age. The wine spent one year in steel tanks before bottling, upon which time it was bottle aged for another year before release.


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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/29/2019 | Send Email
This Old School bottling from a classic producer is basically a working man's Barolo. The brick color gives way to aromas of dried flowers, tarry earth and cherry. The cherry flavors persist through the elegant, balanced middle and into the long, dry finish of firm, ripe tannins. A classic and affordable food wine for sure.

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/18/2019 | Send Email
Schiavenza is one of my favorite wineries in the Serralunga zone of Barolo and their Langhe Nebbiolo is top tier in both depth and quality. The fruit is sourced entirely from their Serralunga vineyards and is really Barolo lite. It's a bit bigger in stature and structure than the typical young vines Nebbiolo and offers concentrated fruit with plenty of tannic grip and good length. This classic will certainly cellar for the next few years but is terrific now with a bit of aeration.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2019 | Send Email
A wonderful introduction to the region and the producer’s style at a relatively affordable price point, this Nebbiolo has all the hallmarks of the Langhe in it. A salty, meaty main thrust is framed with bold tobacco notes and leather. A classically structured drink, this is the consummate food wine, really reveling in a great pairing, like Polenta or Salami. Definitely a candidate for short term aging, but made with the intention to drink now.

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Varietal:

Nebbiolo

- Tar and roses are the two descriptors most associated with this red grape grown, almost solely, in Italy's Piedmont, where it has achieved fame under the guises of the incredibly and age-worthy wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Characterized by chewy tannins, high acidity, high-tone cherry and raspberry fruit and truffle aromas and flavors, Nebbiolo has rightfully earned its reputation. Sadly the late-ripening varietal is quite delicate and is prone to disease as well as damage by hail that frequently pelts the region. Outside of Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is grown in the DOCs of Gattinara, Spanna and Ghemme. The Nebbiolos of the Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC in the southeastern part of Piedmont are generally lighter and more immediately approachable versions of the grape, aged for less time than Barolo and Barbaresco, which also makes them less expensive. Langhe Nebbiolos are generally made from declassified fruit from the aforementioned regions of Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo d'Alba.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.
Sub-Region:

Piedmont

- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.