This is largely because of the combination of location, climate and soil conditions. The Langhe is a lush hilly landscape, formed many millions of years ago with a soil made up of many layers of different components. These are mainly clay-limestone-marl-sand and tuffstone layers. Calcareous marl soils with varying proportions of sand, shell limestone and clay, as found in the Langhe, create the best conditions for the Nebbiolo grape. These different proportions then also contribute decisively to the differences in taste of wine from the individual sites. Piedmont has a continental climate with clearly defined seasons. The warm days in summer and the cool nights in autumn suit the Nebbiolo, which ripens rather late. The characteristics of the variety are its light colour, its distinctive tannins and its appreciable acidity.
These characteristics mean that wines made from Nebbiolo grapes have a long shelf life - especially as they are matured in large wooden barrels. Certain estates have switched to maturing the grapes in barrels. This is to make them accessible earlier. The great ageing potential and the ability to perfectly reflect its origin make Nebbiolo a great grape variety. Two wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, are responsible for the legendary worldwide reputation of Piedmont's wine culture. But even a "simple" Nebbiolo has its qualities and charm. This is proven by the Nebbiolo Langhe Edition Peter Keller 2020, produced by the exceptional winemaker Giulia Negri. This special bottling is exclusively available at Mondovino.
Giulia Negri works according to traditional methods. This means that the winemaker does not age her wines in barriques. The Nebbiolo Langhe Edition Peter Keller 2020 matures for 14 months in tonneaux after having been fermented spontaneously with wild yeasts in steel tanks. The result is a powerful but not opulent wine with an impressive elegance, beautiful structure, suppleness and good tension. The tannins are ripe, the acidity is perfectly integrated. The long finish makes the Nebbiolo, which presents itself with a varietal light ruby red, a great pleasure experience. The bouquet reveals fine notes of red berries, violets and spicy hints. The grapes come from the Pian delle Mole vineyard in the municipality of La Morra. The vineyards are located at an altitude of 500 metres above sea level. The location ensures warm days and rather cool nights.