A trio of nebbiolos; Luigi Baudana Barolo 2010, Traversa Starderi Barbaresco 2010 and Luke Lambert Nebbiolo 2010


I suspect I am late to the party, but I have been very impressed by some recent nebbiolos.  First came an excellent tasting a couple of months ago (my notes are here) and then, more recently,  I presented three nebbiolos blind to get an objective view and was really pleased with them.  The first wine I have reviewed previously and was Traversa's Starderi Barbaresco from the 2010 vintage.  I really cannot recommend this wine highly enough (for my earlier review see here).


The second wine was Luigi Baudana's Barolo also from the 2010 vintage.  With the benefit of a decent decant (~2 hours), this wine showed classic aromas of tar, roses and licorice.  The palate has high acidity and towards long length.  Fresh and delicious, this Barolo has a long life ahead of it.  The third and final wine was a ring in from the Yarra Valley - a nebbiolo from Luke Lambert and the 2014 vintage.  A tiny amount of this wine is produced - only 1367 bottles - but it is worth tracking down.  Tasted blind, many were confused by its pinot noir like characters and, to be honest, I would have been too.  It has pungent aromas of fruit, roses and fresh soil.  The palate shows an acidity and balance that more closely resembles a Piemonte expression of the grape than most of the Australian nebbiolos I have tasted to date.

Read more:
www.lukelambertwines.com.au

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