Giorgio Pelissero "Long Now" Red DOCG 2009 (Piedmont, Italy) - [AG 95] [ST 91]

Giorgio Pelissero "Long Now" Red DOCG 2009
(Piedmont, Italy) - [AG 95] [ST 91]

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Notes from the Winemaker:

The denomination "Langhe d.o.c." embraces grape growing zones and grape varieties among the best in the world. This wine is all produced in a new vineyard bought in 1999 which is located at a short distance from the head winery on the borders of Barbaresco zone. Very steep soil, characterized by the presence of a Palm tree and, due to a matter of districts borders, only half of this land can be devoted to the cultivation of Nebbiolo for the creation of Barbaresco. In the remaining part, also suggestive and unrecognizable without the aid of topographic tools, the Nebbiolo produced cannot become Barbaresco with ageing. Therefore we have decided to blend Nebbiolo to Barbera also present in our estate in order to give life to what was the most historical blend, already very common since our grandparents' times, but undoubtedly very actual and innovative still today.
The name and the label graphic express these characteristics of innovation and internationality to which the blend of these two varieties can lead to.
The name "Long Now" recalls the long living concept and it is the name given by outstanding Californian scientists (the Long Now Foundation) who referred to the special clock designed on the label which is currently exhibited at the Science Museum of London.

Technical notes:
Wine of innovative conception produced trying to exalt to the maximum the potentialities of these two varietals, grown from relatively old vines.
Colour and acid freshness come from the Barbera while the great aromaticity and tannic strength come from the Nebbiolo. A blend creating soft, persistent and very long ageing wines.
Separate vinification for the two varieties with maceration of 10-12 days for Nebbiolo and 25 days for Barbera in stainless steel casks at controlled temperature. End of fermentation and prime decantation again in steel then in wood.
Aged in small oak barrels for 15-18 months successively blended before bottling and left resting for 10-12 months in bottle before marketing.
It is an important, austere wine from Langa with big potentialities.

Tasting sheet:
The wine colour is violet-bluish almost black and hardly transparent but also lively and particularly pleasant. The impenetrability is also perceived in the nose, with a marked varietal scent and aroma of ripe fruit, blackberry, raspberry and red cherry framing to the slightly fragrance of vanilla. The explosion comes in the mouth, where it is open, fullbodied, velvety and all-embracing.
The savour and elegance of the two varietals combine excellently and appear at their best expression the pleasantness of an unforgettable taste.

Site: Cascina Tolino in the villages of Treiso and Neviglie
Variety: Barbera 50% and Nebbiolo 50%
Exposure: south/east - east
Altitude: 300 - 350 m
Year of planting: 1950 - 2001
Breeding form: gujot

Density of plants per hectare: 4000 for the part planted in 1950 and 5000 for the part planted in 2001
First and unique year of production: 2000

Soil: of medium mixture with a rich component of mineral microelements as the magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium.

Ratings & Reviews

95 Points - Antonioi Galloni:
"All of the very best attributes of the vintage and the Pelissero house style come through in the 2009 Long Now. A huge, rich wine, the Long Now bursts from the glass with dark fruit, mocha, grilled herbs and smoke. This voluptuous, striking wine is loaded with class through and through. Tar, licorice and smoke are layered into the deep, resonant finish." - Antonio Galloni (October 2012)

91 Points - Stephen Tanzer:

"Saturated bright ruby. Liqueur-like black raspberry and crushed blackberry. Fatter and sweeter than the 2008 but with a bit less lift and definition. Less noble but massive, with a distinctly thick texture and a strong licorice flavor. This bruiser is in a heavier style than the 2008 (it's close to 15% alcohol), but with its sexy richness it will probably be easier to sell." - Stephen Tanzer (November 2011)

Wine Spectator:
"Thick, almost black in color, this red is extracted, sporting blackberry, black currant, vanilla and spice flavors. Dense and concentrated, yet not heavy, though a bit daunting. Moderate length. Drink now through 2018. 850 cases made." – BS (Web Only - 2012)