A family favorite for years, this is just our second bottling of Nebbiolo. 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. Notes of dried cherry, plum, bramble and rose petal mingle with savory, meaty notes, tobacco leaf and marzipan. 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.