Three stunners from Piemonte: Conterno Nervi, G Mascarello and Roagna

I’m becoming a bit of a Nebbiolo nerd. These three were drunk at a couple of dinners on a recent trip to Amsterdam.

Conterno Nervi Gattinara 2017 Piemonte, Italy
14.5% alcohol. Supple, fresh and elegant, this is fine with raspberry and cherry fruit as well as some redcurrant. Lovely finesse to this wine which is really fine with an enticing silkiness. Aromatic, expressive and quite beautiful. 95/100

Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 2014 Piemonte, Italy
Very fine and expressive, showing great purity and astonishing elegance. Some redcurrant and raspberry fruit, showing silky finesse. There’s some tannin here but it’s very manageable. I lovely purity and finesse: this is supple, sappy Nebbiolo at its most elegant and fine. 96/100

Roagna Langhe Rosso 2014 Piemonte, Italy
14% alcohol. This is from younger vines (up to 25 years) from Barolo and Barbaresco. Taut, focused and elegant with lovely red fruits. Notes of iodine and blood lurk under the very fine red fruits, and there’s a slight chalkiness to the texture, with precision and purity. This is expressive, fine and quite mineral. 94/100

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