More reliable than a groundhog's shadow is the unmistakeable look I got from my pooch this morning that said, "it's a bit cold out right now, I think I will stay inside a bit longer." With this time-tested look is the official transition into red wine season.
We can think of no better wine to embrace these cooler months than the 2015 Gillardi Langhe Nebbiolo. Cooler weather tends to bring with it heartier seasonal cuisine. Goodbye watermelon, hello seared mushrooms.
Often referred to as "Baby Barolos," Langhe Nebbiolos require less time in bottle and age before release (unlike Barolos which require around 3 years). This is what Piedmontese winemakers enjoy when they are waiting for their ageworthy Barolos to mature. Because of this, you get so much of the Barolo experience in a wine that doesn't need 10 years of cellaring at a mind blowing 27 bucks.
Dry and mineral driven, this Piedmont red boasts loads of cherry and raspberry fruit, well-integrated tannins and zesty acidity that cleans the palate and keeps the wine lively. Spiced, it has aromas of violets and rose petals; it has the weight of a Pommard and the long expressive finish of a fine Barolo. A rare find indeed, you can enjoy this wonderful wine with your favorite meat sauce, cured meats and hard cheeses. Enjoy!