Nebbiolo is a black grape variety with high levels of acidity and tannins but little color. It mostly grows in two regions of Barolo and Barbaresco in Piedmont, the North-west corner of Italy, where vineyards are protected from northern winds and precipitation thanks to mountains providing a rain shadow. 

Nebbiolo grape provides full-bodied red wines which are translucent and have a delicate smell, but with robust tannins and high acidity. Generally, the wine from Nebbiolo has a beautiful bouquet with rose, cherry, leather, clay pot, and anise notes. 

The Barolo Gaja 2011 should be considered as one of the most important Italian wines. This wine is made from only Nebbiolo in Piedmont classified as Barolo DOGC. This label is given for a wine aged for 3 years before the release of which 8 months must be with oak. The wine spends 12 months in barriques, followed by 12 months in large oak casks.

Gaja 2011 Barolo DOCG is a full-bodied, in the mouth, you will recognize sour cherries, herbs and a hint of dried flowers. It’s a powerful and complex aromatic wine with strong tannins.

Useful tips: this wine needs to be decanted for 45 minutes to 2 hours. Serve it at room temperature. 

Wine pairing: Tajarin al tarfulo ( Truffle pasta )  

Amsterdam, July 11th 2019