Italian poets have been writing abount Nebbiolo wines for centuries, and for good reason. Traditional Nebbiolos require long aging and can often be too tannic for newcomers to the varietal, but the Molino is made in an approachable modern style with a full nose of black cherry, cola, blood orange, tobacco and tea. The flavors echo the aromas with hints of rose petal and rosemary.
Raspberry, cherry blossom, blood orange, cranberry, earl grey tea and rosemary.
Founder Virginio Molina began his winery in 1957 and was joined by his sons Tommaso, Franco and Dario in the 1980s. Although Virginio passed away in 1994, his sons continue to run the business and grow the number of vineyards under their care. The Langhe is a hilly area to the south and west of the river Tanaro in the province of Cuneo. It is famous for its wines, cheeses and truffles--particularly the white truffles of Alba. The Piedmont region is considered the viticultural home of Nebbiolo, and it is where the grape's most notable wines are made. The two most well known Nebbiolo-based wines are the DOCG wines of the Barolo and Barbaresco zones near Alba. Barbaresco is considered the lighter of the two and has less stringent DOCG regulations, with the normal bottlings requiring only 9 months in oak and 21 months of total aging and the Riserva bottlings requiring 45 total months of aging. In contrast the Barolo DOCG requires 1 year in oak and 3 years total aging for normal bottlings and 57 months total aging for Riserva.
Piedmont in northern Italy is the original home to both the Barbera and Nebbiolo grapes. The region is as famous for its wines as its food, where recipes like risotto and osso buco find their origins. The Molino definitely deserves rich food, and I am thinking of either pasta Carbonara or risotto. Since pasta Carbonara comes from the hills of Rome, I am going with my recipe for Risotto al Barolo, which pays homage to Piedmont. Don't forget a crusty loaf of Italian bread!
Nebbiolo wines made in the traditional style can be aged for decades before reaching their peak.
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