2018 Bel Colle, ‘Favorita’, Langhe, Piedmont, Italy

Pale coloured, the nose is fresh and clean, with citrus notes and a hint of toast. Bone dry, the palate has white fruits, lemon and a touch of melon.

Grape Variety: 100% Vermentino

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2018 Bel Colle, ‘Favorita’, Langhe, Piedmont, Italy

Tasting Note

Pale coloured, the nose is fresh and clean, with citrus notes and a hint of toast. Bone dry, the palate has white fruits, lemon and a touch of melon.

Food Pairing

Salmon. Bream. Shellfish.

Producer Info

38 years ago brothers Franco and Carlo Pontiglione and Giuseppe Priola, established the Belcolle winery on the borders of Verduno and La Morra in the heart of Barolo. Under the watchful eye of enologist Paolo Torchio, several of the wines have achieved the ultimate accolade of tre bicchieri in the Gambero Rosso. In August 2015 Belcolle became part of Bosio Family Estates, a family owned group with four generations of winemaking experience.

Region Info

Langhe is the hilly sub region east of the Tanaro river and south of Alba, in the Cuneo province of Piedmont (Piemonte). The name “Langhe” is the plural form of langa, a local word for a long, low-lying hill.

A Langhe DOC wine may be rosso, bianco or rosato (red, white or rosé), a blend or a varietal with the name of the grape variety on the label. It can be still, frizzante (semi-sparkling), novello (an early-release, youthful style for reds) or passito (made from dried grapes).

The Langhe area has a long history of vinegrowing and many of the wines made here use traditional, well established grape varieties such as Arneis and Favorita (Vermentino) for whites, and Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Freisa for reds. The DOC covers a much wider area than most others; within its boundaries can be found some of the most famous DOCG wines in Italy, including the great Nebbiolo centers of Barolo and Barbaresco, plus Asti and Dogliani.

But for wines which do not conform to the production criteria (production area, grape varieties or winemaking techniques) associated with these prestigious names, there is the Langhe DOC which has more relaxed production restrictions, allowing winemakers to experiment with varieties and techniques not sanctioned under other DOCs. The most obvious effect of this advantage so far is a surge in production of Langhe Chardonnay wines.

Since its introduction in November 1994, the Langhe DOC has gained considerable repute for its innovative viticulture and use of international varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc are prime examples). The creativity this affords the local winemakers has led to a new generation of high quality wines, many compare to the prestigious “Super Tuscans” from Tuscany.

Winemakers Notes

A typical Piedmontese wine obtained from the same named vine, grown on the sandy Langa and Roero hills. Organoleptic characteristics: a pale yellow colour with accentuated greenish tinges; fruity bouquet, pleasant and delicate; a dry taste, pleasantly sourish with a light bitter aftertaste. Excellent as an aperitif and with appetizers and fish dishes. It is advised to consume this wine when it is young and at a temperature of 8-10ºC.

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