- Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC
- 100% Nebbiolo
- Spontaneous fermentation from indigenous yeasts
- Maceration and fermentation in open steel tanks
- Malolactic fermentation and ageing in French oak tonneaux of 500 liters
- The 2017 Valmaggiore "sibi et paucis" was aged a further 4 years after the original release date of September 2019 in the perfect conditions of Luciano's personal winery cellar.
- First vintage: 1994
- Vineyard in the village of Vezza d'Alba: Valmaggiore
- Alcohol: 13,5%
- Recommended drinking time: 2022 – 2030
VALMAGGIORE Nebbiolo d’Alba 2017
This is a soft, full, and almost lush example of Valmaggiore, particularly in the nose, which is expressive and open, full of violets, licorice and red fruits.
On the palate, the heat and stress of the vintage comes thru in the ripe fruit and the still-firm tannins.
The flavours of blueberries, raspberries and violet extract are balanced by the good freshness and ripe tannins. The 2017 Valmaggiore shows balance and harmony throughout, with good length and no oak notes.
Ratings for the vintage 2017
Wine Advocate 92 points
Vinous 92 points
James Suckling 91 points
Wine Spectator 90 points
Wine Enthusiast 92 points
Falstaff 93 Punkte
Kerin O'Keefe 92 points
Wines Critic 91 points
Evolution of the vintage 2017
"Warm and dry" are the best words to briefly and clearly describe the 2017 vintage with excellent diurnal temperature shifts.
The mild winter led to early bud break. But, in an atypical return of cold in mid-April, the vegetative cycle was slowed by very cold temperatures. During the periods of pre-flowering and flowering, the cold clearly determined the formation of the grape bunches, leading to looser bunches with better internal air circulation. After May 16 the vegetative cycle was defined by the hot, dry weather that remained until the end of August. The high-pressure zone that formed over Europe for the entire summer led to early maturation.
The summer, warm and dry but with good diurnal temperature shifts, defined the ripening of the grapes.
Starting from the first week in September, temperatures dropped appreciably, and growing patterns were nearer seasonal averages, with considerable differences between day and night temperatures. This situation was further helped by the polyphenolic profile of Nebbiolo.
This vintage can certainly be remembered as one of the earliest of recent years.
The 2017 vintage has given us wines showing great promise considering the fears of the beginning of summer.
Harvest took place from September 14th until 23rd.