Rita Lodali and her son, Walter, are making some spectacular wines in the heart of the Langhe region of Piemonte. Lorenzo Lodali, Rita’s husband, passed away when Walter was four years old, so Rita quit her job as a hairdresser and took over the control and managment of the winery. Her goal was to maintain it in order to turn it over to Walter when he came of age. Today Walter and Rita work side by side to run the whole operation with the help of esteemed enologist Giovanni Bailo. Check with Siema office for current vintages
Barberesco “Rock of the Seven Brothers”
Nebbiolo Bric Sant’ Ambrogio
In today’s [May 30, 2011] Washington Post wine column, critic Jason Wilson tackles the mysterious and complex world of one on Italy’s most prized indigenous grapes: Nebbiolo. Wilson describes the world-famous Barolo (Italy’s “King of Wines and Wine of Kings,” which is produced from the Nebbiolo grape):
“As a Barolo ages, the color turns brick orange, and its silky tannins, complex aromas of dried rose and violet, of leather and truffle and tar, deep cherry and plum flavors emerge. The finish lasts forever. It’s a wine to meditate, brood and ponder over.”
He recommends two of Siema’s Nebbiolo-based wines:
It’s bold, with nice acidity. Lots of earthy, funky aromas. Not as complex as a Barolo, but for a quarter of the price, you can still experience a hint of its power and structure.
[See Fay for the other Nebbiolo he recommends.]