Wine Review: 2011 Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo Langhe

So, it’s freezing in DC now, or at least it’s the first cold-snap and as such I am convinced that snow is coming and I might as well go into hibernation for the winter right now. Consequently Sunday night called for some real comfort food and wine. For me that meant English food, we’ve got heavy, potato-based food down to an art form and so we needed a wine to pair with the bangers and mash.

We went with the 2011 Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo, a rich wine from Piedmont, Italy. Nebbiolo wines tend to be high in both acidity and tannins and this offering was no exception.

The first thing that hits you when you smell the wine is the black cherry, but there is more, and it took me a little while to work out what it was but I think I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s menthol. There’s also a little fennel and some chocolate, but it definitely leads with the cherry.

When you taste the wine you definitely get the acidity, but it’s balanced well with the fruit and then followed by really good tannins. The food that we were eating, specifically the sausages, complimented the wine nicely and smoothed out some of the acidity and the harsher tannins.

Fun fact, “Perbacco” means “wow” or “surprise” in the local dialect and I must admit to being ‘wowed’ by it. I don’t know whether it was just because of the food that we had, or my general mood as it gets colder but this wine was really amazing last night.

Rating: I’ll Take Half A Case. Place of Purchase: DCanter, Washington DC. Retail Price: $34. You’ll like this if you like: Sangiovese (Chianti), Barbara D’Asti, Nero D’Avola