Place: Langhe — Piedmont, Italy
The De Forville family emigrated to Piedmont from Belgium in 1848 then set up shop in Barbaresco in 1860. Now helmed by the fifth generation, Valter and Paolo, they produce wines of freshness and substance.
This is their blend of younger vines (younger here means less than thirty-years-old!) from various crus in Barbaresco. It’s fermented in stainless steel, keeping it taut and energetic, then rested in large oak for a year before bottling. The tannin structure is approachable for a nebbiolo in its youth, but it is still best enjoyed alongside hearty protein to cut through.