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Antonello Rovellotti, Ghemme “Chioso dei Pomi” Piedmont, Italy, 2013 (750mL)
In a market flooded with expensive Barolo and Barbaresco, shrewd minds have increasingly looked to the northern limits of Piedmont, in the isolated yet feverishly buzzed-about terroir of Ghemme. But the smartest buyers have taken one additional step by seeking out the artisanal Nebbiolos of Antonello Rovellotti, a staunchly traditional producer crafting towering monuments of value, quality, and pedigree. The wines are not for those who demand the unbending structure and savagery of young Nebbiolo—here, you’ll only find elegance, haunting aromatics, and breathtaking equilibrium.
Rovellotti’s current release of “Chioso dei Pomi” shines with a vibrant deep ruby core that transitions to a dusty brick orange on the rim. At seven years old, this is just getting started: The primary fruit is still front and center—dried strawberry, black raspberry, currant, red plum—but savory components like dried rose petal, orange peel, leather, dried herbs, crushed earth, stone, tea leaves, aniseed, and incense are threatening to steal the spotlight. Each sip is soft, perfumed, delicately layered, and impressively profound. A note for collectors: Rovellotti always offers an affordable way to improve the breadth and power of your wine library—this 2013 will comfortably exist alongside your off-limits Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Barolo for the next 10-15 years.
- Sub-RegionGhemme DOCG
- SoilAncient Glacial Moraine & Red Clay
- Blend85% Nebbiolo, 15% Vespolina
- OakNeutral Barrels
- Temp.Serve at 60-65° F
- GlasswareLarge Burgundy Stems
- Decanting60+ Minutes
- PairingTagliatelle w/ Black Truffle Sauce
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