2018 Elvio Cogno Nascetta di Novello Anas-Cetta

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The 2018 Anas-Cëtta is very fresh, gracious and light on its feet, with striking aromatic presence. Dried pear, dried flowers, mint and chamomile all grace this racy, very pretty wine.

Antonio Galloni | 92 AG
This is a very interesting wine. On first nose, the 2018 Langhe Nascetta del Comune di Novello Anas-Cëtta offers a touch of smoke and bacon fat that comes as a bit of a surprise. You might expect a lean and inconsequential white, but this expression of the delicate and somewhat uncommon Nascetta grape (that this estate has championed over the years) delivers much more intensity and momentum than you might initially expect. That bacon fat is followed by campfire ash and ripe fruit. This is a great one for connoisseurs of lesser-known Italian varieties.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 91+ RP
A beautiful white full of earl grey tea, honeysuckle, jasmine and white pepper. Full-bodied and oily with plenty of attractive stone fruit and a pastry-like, layered textured. Drink now.

James Suckling | 91 JS

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Region Piedmont: Italian culture values the unbreakable bond we share with family and very few things showcase that connection quite like a shared meal. Therefore, it's only natural that wine would also take its place as an important cultural aspect. Fine Italian produce always goes well with a variety of dishes, and that makes these wines an incredibly popular choice among wine enthusiasts who appreciate a good get-together. The foothills of the Alps help define this region's significantly colder, continental winter climate, but during the summer, the conditions are similar to the region of Burgundy.

Flavor-wise, this region has a mind-boggling variety to offer. Not only is there a healthy selection of approved grapes to work with, but the soil often varies from estate to estate, letting every wine stand out. Expect to encounter powerful notes of rose petal flavor, spices, cherries, dried herbs, anise, and many more. Every bottle has a story to tell. Those of you with a tendency to hoard and collect fine wines will be especially intrigued, as Piedmont wines tend to mature extremely well, developing nuance and becoming more and more delicious as time goes on.
Subregion Novello
Appellation Saint Joseph
Climat/Vineyard Les Rugiens
Cru Moulin a Vent
Country Italy: What are the first things that come to mind when thinking about Italy and Italian culture? There's one thing that nearly everyone tends to mention, it's the food - and where there's fine food, there is almost always fine wine. Italy is the most prolific wine region in the world, outclassing even France in terms of production quantity. Even if you're a complete wine novice, you have almost certainly heard of names such as Barolo and Barbaresco, Italy's most famous wine styles. When it comes to soil composition and other geographical characteristics, Italy offers a lot of diversity, and this never fails to show in the wines themselves.
Type of Wine Italy (Other): There are dozens of grape varietals grown in Italy so no wonder they produce such a broad range of most exquisite wines. Some of the most cultivated red varieties are Nebbiolo, Aglianico, Sangiovese, and Barbera, while Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are also popular. Among whites, you're likely to find Pinot Grigio, Trebbiano, or Vernaccia varietals.
Varietal Nascetta: Roero Arneis and Gavi (Cortese) may dominate the white grape scene in Piedmont, but on the horizon, a “new” player is on the rise to challenge them both for white varietal dominance. This challenger is being considered a rediscovery to the world of Oenology, as it has long flown under the radar, with many professionals even, unwitting of the grape’s existence. The Nascetta wine grape has been cultivated in Novello (where it originated) for over 140 years. It nearly went the way of extinction, but over the past century has seen a grand revival.

Nascetta was once a force to be reckoned with during the mid to late 1800s, garnering the attention of highly regarded wine writers and professionals of that time, Lorenzo Fantini and Giuseppe of the Counts; the latter defining Nascetta as “a very delicate grape and exquisite wine” while Lorenzo compared it to the fineness of Moscato. However the varietal sadly vanished from the world of wine, due to its difficulty in the vineyard and low yields, being replaced with grapes with easier, more plentiful profits. After phylloxera, the grape dwindled to a few parcels and was on the cusp of extinction. Quantity over quality was a remedy to the devastation dealt to winegrowing regions which shocked the international market with high demands for a product that had long been ubiquitous.

Quality, however, is Nascetta’s strength, producing wines of beautiful straw-like color that are assertively perfumed with Muscat-like floral qualities alongside riper, tropical fruit aromas. It has a fresh palate with crisp, apple flavors and citrus and honey notes. The grape has an expressiveness that is hard to ignore. In a region where Nebbiolo is the undisputed king of the red wines, Nascetta (if better known) could be a future candidate for the region’s best white variety.

In the mid-1990s the grape had a fruitful breakthrough as it was recognized for its potential by the regarded and accomplished, Novello viticulturist, Elvio Cogno and later joined by Enrico Rivetto in the early 2000s who became advocates, in hopes of returning the varietal to its former glory days. Local vintners joined the fray, helping to increase hectares under vine and consumer cognizance. Nascetta was formally admitted into the Langhe DOC (Denomination of Controlled Origin) in 2002 and in 2010 was granted its own DOC subzone of Nascetta/Nas-cetta del Comune di Novello. Novello is a small town (in the province of Cuneo) which sits upon a hilltop, surrounded by the impressive vineyards of Langhe in the south of Piedmont.

The hills of Langhe are of Miocenic-Helvetian origin and its antiquity has greatly enriched the terroir of the appellation. The subsoil is rich of limestone and of grey marls alternated with layers of sand, to which Nascetta responds well to. This alternation of sands and calcareous marls allows for producing wines of excellent finesse, structure and elegance. The marl soil gives the grape a complex structure and richness of salts, while the calcareous-clayey soil on the other hand gives a savory and persistent taste with a zing of acidity that is never overpowering. The micro-climate is continental, with warm summers and rigid winters and with strong temperature leaps between day and night during the ripening period, which allows the grapes to intensify a series of particularly fine and intense aromas.

The beautiful golden-green grape is highly adaptable to diverse styles of vinification, stainless steel or in wood, retaining its unique characteristics, never allowing itself to be overpowered by other grapes. It is also flexible and blends well with other varieties. Today, 80% of Nascetta is used in blending with international grapes such as Chardonnay and Riesling. Nascetta-based wines on international shelves have certainly helped the development and diffusion of it in the world market. The future of Nascetta is as bright as its shining, golden reflections in the glass.

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