Nervi Conterno Il Rosato Piedmont 2018
91 Points! Luminous pink. Reticent nose of white flowers and herbs, plus a whiplash of red berry juiciness. Round, rich and tactile, with good juicy cut that extends the flavors on the long finish. The bottle carries both the Nervi and Conterno names (Nervi was recently acquired by the Giacomo Conterno estate). Nebbiolo. - Ian D'Agata, Vinous Media
You can make rose out of anything, as the market continues to prove. But not all of those efforts are compelling. But there are a few cases where a non-mainstream example shines brightly. We have seen rose of Nebbiolo before, but not very many and not very often. The way this one came out, there might be a lot more folks trying their hand at it, though hitting this mark will be no picnic. The grapes come from the Nervi estate in Gattinara that was acquired by the Giacomo Conterno estate, hand-harvested with the intent to make a pink wine, fermented in stainless steel and then exposed to the lies for four months. Made from 90% Nebbiolo and 10% Uva Rara, this has an inviting nose of melon, berry, wild herbs and that perfumy floral aspect that is Nebbiolo. Deceptively broad on the palate, with plenty of energy underneath, this delivers in an aperitif scenario but has enough substance to play with some meat and sausage dishes. A 91 score from vinous. A cool diversion in pinks.
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