2018 Nebbiolo d’Alba, ‘Stërmà’, La Bioca, Piedmont, Italy

Ruby coloured with pale amber tints, the nose is ripe and highly expressive, with rose petal, dark autumnal fruits and earthy notes. The palate is vibrant and ripe, with a fine texture and firm but very ripe tannins.

Grape Variety: Nebbiolo

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2018 Nebbiolo d’Alba, ‘Stërmà’, La Bioca, Piedmont, Italy

Tasting Note

Ruby coloured with pale amber tints, the nose is ripe and highly expressive, with rose petal, dark autumnal fruits and earthy notes. The palate is vibrant and ripe, with a fine texture and firm but very ripe tannins.

Food Pairing

Game dishes. Truffles. Roast lamb with garlic and herbs

Story of the Name

In Piedmontese dialect “Stërmà” means “hidden”. A popular Piedmontese phrase is “Go and hide in the fog”, a fog in which Nebbiolo is typically harvested. Nebbiolo wines are distinguished by their strong tannins, high acidity and distinctive scent; often described as “tar and roses”. A less obvious characteristic, visible only over time, is their tendency to lose colour. Within just a few years of vintage, most Nebbiolo d’Alba wines begin fading from deep, violet-tinged ruby to a beautiful brick orange.

Producer Info

This small ambitious new winery based in Serralunga has just over 8 hectares of vineyards dotted around the best subzones of Barolo and Barbaresco. The wines are made by former journalist and now trained enologist, Bisso Atanassov. Bioca is Piemontese dialect for a tough, single minded person, reflecting Bisso’s struggle to get this dream project off the ground.

Region Info

Nebbiolo d’Alba is a DOC encompassing a large area around the town of Alba, situated in the region of Piedmont in north-west Italy. Granted in 1970, the classification references the red grape Nebbiolo from which they are made, and the area where they are produced.

Regulations require that the production zone only includes the following areas: Alba, Canale, Castellinaldo, Corneliano, Diano d’Alba, Vezza and Grinzane Cavour. The 536 hectares (1370 acres) of vineyards are sited in the hills on both sides of the Tanaro River, although predominantly on the northern side in the Roero hills. Here the soils are sandier than at the vineyards of neighbours Barbaresco and Barolo. This results in wines that are softer, less intense and more approachable at an earlier age. The wines made under this DOC label must be made from pure Nebbiolo, and the majority of wines are still and red. Additionally, this DOC’s rules allows a dolce and spumante version. Both are rarely made.

Although not held in the same esteem as Barolo and Barbaresco, the still reds display similar traits. They possess strong tannins and aromas reminiscent of tar and roses, as well as good ageing potential. However the still, red version only needs to be aged for one year, as opposed to the two- and three-year requirements applied to more famous Nebbiolo DOCGs.

Production Method

De-stemming and cold maceration for some days. Alcoholic fermentation in steel tanks thermo-controlled for about a week. Maceration post-fermentation for 10-12 days in order to get the most extraction of aromatic and phenolic substances. Ageing lasted for 14 months in barrels of different capacities.

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