Coste della Sesia Rosso 2016
Tenute Sella – Orbello – Coste della Sesia Rosso 2016 (87 TSW)
Blend of Nebbiolo 50%, Barbera 20%, Croatina 15%, Vespolina 10%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%
Production area: Upper Piedmont, from the vineyards owned in the town of Villa del Bosco, Brusnengo and Lessona.
My tasting notes
In the glass a bright ruby red color with purple reflections.
On the nose aromas of red berries, spices, toast and flowers.
On the palate dry, warm mouthfeel, young tannins with raspberries, dark cherries and spicyness. Nice long finish.
- Fermentation in stainless steel vats with pumping over and déléstage;
- Average maceration time: 18 days;
- Malolactic fermentation during the following spring in wood;
- Maturation: 12 months in 50 hl Slavonian oak barrels.
2016 was a year marked by both challenges and rewards and delivered the best harvests of the past five years. Despite some problems affecting the vegetative cycle, such as the late-April frost which damaged the vines in the lower areas and the late-May and late-July hailstorms that slowed down the plants’ growth, the season proceeded regularly, with neither temperature peaks nor pluviometric anomalies, and with considerable night-day temperature swing which led to good aromatic and polyphenolic maturity.
The veraison stage went smoothly and ended in late August. The early autumn weather, with lovely sunny days, allowed to push the ripening through the third ten days of October, while preserving the wine’s natural freshness.