This is a special estate bottling, dedicated to the purest representation of Sori della Sorba's terroir, focusing on (in their opinion) the 'King of grapes varieties', Nebbiolo. The winery takes its name from this specific site. In Piemontese dialect, a 'Sori' is the special designation of greatness, or 'grand cru', and translates to: 'where the snow melts first' which often means south facing and highest on the hill. 2020 is a marvellous expression, with notes of black cherries, rose petals, wet rock, savoury herbs, and forest floor.
Sori della Sorba is the combined project of husband and wife team Carlo Mondavi and Giovanna Bagnasco. These are two talents with some serious pedigree between them. Carlo's grandfather was Napa maverick Robert Mondavi, and he now owns Raen winery in Sonoma, plus Giovanna is Barolo born and raised with her own family project, Agricola Brandini, thriving in the region.
The 2020 Langhe Nebbiolo is almost shockingly young, such is the purity of its flavors. A burst of red/blue-toned fruit, lavender, rose petal, mint, sage and blood orange lends energy as well as depth. There's tremendous density here, not to mention tons of character. The 80% whole clusters are barely perceptible. I would be in no rush to open this. It would be a shame to miss the complexity that will surely develop over the coming years. The 2020 spent 12 months in cask.
Lots of rose petals and stems with spices and black fruit, as well as oranges in both the nose and palate. It’s medium-bodied with lovely fruit, bright acidity and a peppery, spicy finish. A little tight now. Drink or hold.
Somehow, this wonderful wine is only the second vintage from Giovanna Bagnasco and Carlo Mondavi's Langhe property. From their steep estate vineyards near Diano d'Alba, farmed using permaculture at 450m, this 100% Nebbiolo offers a great balance of bright, elegant aromatics of violet and pomegranate and the wonderful rusticity of savoury herbs and pine bough. The palate is refined, with fresh cranberry, fine tannins and ample red fruit backed by streaks of crushed stone minerality.
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