Antoniotti Odilio, Coste Della Sesia (2019)
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An elegant Nebbiolo blend from Alto Piemonte. Beautiful soft fruit with a playful floral note, sweet spices, and chiseled minerals. Medium plus body with integrated tannins and a lifted acidity. Silky cherry, rose, blood orange and star anise.
Coste Della Sesia is a tiny appellation in Italian (in fact the family has vines in the two smallest appellations) and the Antoniotti family has been making wine here for generations and farm 6 hectares total. The vines are challenging to get to at their high elevation. They’re down a long, steep and narrow path and you wouldn’t make it without a 4x4 vehicle. The vines are planted in volcanic porphyry, a type of granite rich in minerals. Mostly Nebbiolo with a small portion of Croatina, Vespolina, and Uva Rara. The wine ferments in cement, is racked into steel, and then ages in barrel for 18 months. Unfined, unfiltered, low sulfur.