2010 throughout Piedmont is now firmly cemented as one of the truly standout vintages over the last 50 years. While most wines have been released, and quantities long gone, those from Alto Piemonte's Rovellotti family in Ghemme are finally here. The extended aging at the estate has fixed my eyes on the calendar for a long time. Each vintage I'm all-in on this alpine Nebbiolo-based star, but 2010 has a magic that's understandably on another level.
Today, I'm very happy to offer the flaghip wine from Rovellotti, the 2010 Ghemme Chiosi dei Pomi for $44 per bottle, complete with special 4-Pack and 2-Pack Magnum pricing.
Rovellotti was introduced to importer, Neal Rosenthal by the Ferrando family of Carema. When you taste Rovellotti it's clear these two estates are cut from the same cloth. Chiosi dei Pomi is a prime three hectare vineyard located in the center of Ghemme's Baraggiola zone on red clay. Comprised of 85% Nebbiolo and 15% Vespolina, this traditional blend lets the latter variety provide some softness in this cooler, high altitude zone.
I find a huge range of styles in Ghemme (and Alto Piemonte as a whole), with many examples showing grippy tannins that call to mind the tar rather than roses. What I love about the wines from Rovellotti (and Ferrando) is the softness of the fruit and elegance of the structure both still completely driven by its sense of place. Rovellotti's exclusive protocol of pumping over during fermentation and avoiding puchdowns of the cap plays a huge role in this more sensual and graceful texture. Each vintage tasting Rovellotti it's their light-handed touch and supreme drinkability that stand out so much from the pack.
Chiosi dei Pomi sees traditional vinification and aging in large Slavonian oak for 12 months, then racked into smaller (but still quite large!) five hectoliter barrels for 18 months. And then, of course, the wine is aged in bottle for an extended period of time at the estate prior to release. In the 2010 edition, notes of dried black cherries, cinnamon, and orange peel jump out of the glass. And the famous floral rose quality of Nebbiolo melds with an alpine mint inflection that lingers on the long finish.
Introducting Rovellotti to customers who love Barolo and Barbaresco has given me a huge sense of gratification. In every circumstance there's a mix of joy and revelation, as the extended aging means this release is always so easy to drink from day one. Pricing for the 2010 vintage at $44 is one of the great values in all of Italy, and with special pricing on bottles and magnums this is an Alto Piemonte moment where value is crystal clear.
2010 Rovellotti Ghemme Chioso dei Pomi
$44 per bottle.
Special E-mail 4-Pack Pricing: $165 ($41.25 per bottle)
2010 Rovellotti Ghemme Chioso dei Pomi 1.5L
$93 per bottle.
Special E-mail 2-Pack Pricing: $174 ($87 per magnum)