Ambitious Nebbiolo from the Willoughby Bridge Vineyard. Spends 54 days on skins and 16 months in barrel. Light coppery red, the nose is quite floral, if tinged with brick dust and cocoa powder oak. Palate is just a bit severe – ferrous, with ferrous tannins and then alcohol, fruit not really a part of the equation. It’s long, but not forgiving. I like the intention though, even if it’s a rather aggressive wine in bottle. Best drinking: it might well be worth waiting for five years. Maybe. 17/20, 90/100. 14.6%, $50. Born & Raised website. Would I buy it? Not really.
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