Region: Langhe, ITA
Variety: Syrah, Petit Verdot, Nebbiolo
Matt’s journey has taken him to the Langhe in Piedmont for the past 3 years. He has spent 10-12 weeks each vintage at Figli Luigi Oddero, based in La Morra in the north-western section of the Barolo zone. For years, Luigi Oddero has been growing a little parcel of non-DOC grapes – Syrah and Petit Verdot. As a trial in 2017, Matt blended these two grapes along with a third of Nebbiolo and although some of the locals questioned what he was doing, the end result was mouth-wateringly delicious! This year's Vino Rosso blend is a third of each variety – 100% hand-picked, destemmed and co-fermented in an open fermenter for 16 days. To break each component down: Syrah adds an earthiness, soft ripe tannins, and builds structure and depth; Petit Verdot adds violets and body and lifted floral aromatics; while the Nebbiolo completes the wine with a line of acid and tannin, and high-tone rose notes.