Aurelio Settimo Langhe Nebbiolo 2016 Piedmont
This small 6-hectare estate is based in La Morra, with vines younger than 25 years from Barolo-designated vineyards (including Annunziata) being declassified to make this wine. The tannins are firm, framing flavours of caraway, cedar, cinnamon and dried red fruits with a long, leathery finish that's uncompromisingly nebbiolo. Fermented for around 10 days on the skins with no prefermentation macerations and although aged for at least three years like a Barolo, it is entirely in concrete with no new or old oak. Cleaving neither to the dogma of modern nor traditional, this is simply delicious and beats many supposedly better Barolo DOCG wines at the same price.