The 2014 Notos is predominantly Nebbiolo (95%) with 5% Tannat, and is about as close as you will find to anything in the new world replicating its northern Italian counterpart. The aromatics are true to varietal with some floral, dried rose petals nuances, along with spice and lifted red berry fruits. Aged for 6 month in older, used oak barrels so as not to take away from the fruit’s vibrancy, this has lovely fruit purity and varietal typicity, something you will almost never find in a new world Nebbiolo. Medium bodied and a translucent cherry red in color, this has the varietal’s telltale tannic backbone playing off its red berry fruit flavors of cherry and raspberry. Firmer in texture on opening, with some aeration this gains suppleness and weight in the palate with the backbone, tannic structural component harmonizing with the fruit. This screams for grilled meats or anything with some fat content to counter the wine’s tannins and should evolve nicely over the next couple of years.
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