In the north of Piedmont, on the hills that separate the plain from the Alps, vineyards have been cultivated at least since the Roman era. Nebbiolo, the vine best known for the wines produced in Langhe, is grown on these hills with exceptional results. Ghemme D.o.c.g. is a denomination characterized by a production disciplinary that sets very precise rules: the vineyards allowed to produce this wine are located only in two small municipalities: Ghemme and Romagnano Sesia. The soils have alluvial and morainic origin – that is, they contain sand and pebbles dragged downstream by the action of the Monte Rosa glacier.
For the production of Ghemme D.o.c.g., it is used Nebbiolo (the local biotype is called Spanna) and it is allowed to use, to a maximum extent of 15%, both Vespolina and Uva Rara, two other varieties of local red grapes. Characteristic of the disciplinary is the minimum aging required before release for consumption: 34 months, of which at least 18 in wooden barrels. The months of aging become 46 for Ghemme D.o.c.g. Reserve.
The general features of this wine are strictly linked to the fact that it is produced mainly from Nebbiolo grown in Piemonte. The color is ruby red, with garnet reflections; on the nose the aromas are always very elegant, although with marked differences between the various vineyards and producers. It is possible to perceive both floral and aromatic notes, both ethereal and spicy notes. The taste is dry and with a slightly bitter aftertaste; the acidity is quite evident, always balanced by flavor and tannins softened by long aging.
April 29th, 2019