A first for Montinore Estate but a family favorite for years, we purchased these grapes from Klipsun Vineyards on Red Mountain in Washington. Guided by tips from winemakers in Italy’s Barbaresco and Barolo regions, we experienced the grapes starting off their fermentation an interesting mauve color, but then picked up color during the barrel aging process.
While not a deeply pigmented wine, it’s packed full of character. Aromas of jam as it’s cooking, boysenberry, herbal tea and leather lead to a sweet entry, unfolding the juicy palate of blackberry, red currant, mission fig spice and warm cedar. The finish is zesty, thanks to robust tannins that suggest wonderful age-worthiness. Rudy describes Montinore Estate’s Nebbiolo as “an Oregon wine that speaks Italian,” a nod to the roots we cultivate in Oregon and our family’s Italian roots. Just two barrels were produced of our inaugural Nebbiolo and we skipped two vintages, waiting for just the right opportunity, before making more in 2016.