Trapp Family Lodge Italian Nebbiolo Wine tasting

July 14, 2012 (Sat) from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Trapp Family Lodge Wine Cellar
700 Trapp Hill Road
Stowe, VT 05672

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Cost: $20.00

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Wine     Tasting (walk around)     Weekly Event    
Wine Tasting in the Trapp Family Lodge Wine Cellar
Saturday, July 14th 4:00 to 6:00

We will be tasting new releases of Italian Nebbiolo from the Piedmont, for inclusion on our list. Ampelographers believe that Nebbiolo is indigenous to the Piedmont region though some DNA evidence suggest that it may have originated in Lombardy. In the 1st century AD, Pliny the Elder noted the exceptional quality of the wine produced in Pollenzo region located northwest of what is now the Barolo DOCG zone. While Pliny does not explicitly name the grape responsible for these Pollenzo wines, his description of the wine bears similarities to later descriptions of Nebbiolo-based wines, making this potentially the first notation of wine made from Nebbiolo in the Piedmont region. The first explicit mention of Nebbiolo dates to 1268 where a wine known as "nibiol" was growing in Rivoli near Turin. Like the finicky Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo is extremely site-sensitive, difficult to grow and tempermental in the cellar. Some winemakers say it is the most difficult wine grape to work with. It prefers cooler areas with warm-to-hot daytime temperatures and a high degree of luminosity. Also like Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo is usually not blended with other varieties, but boasts multiple clones that are often inter-planted, thereby imparting complexity to the wine's aroma, flavor and structure. Wines made from nebbiolo are typically dark, tart, tannic and alcoholic. The best smell of cherries, violets and black licorice or truffles and have rich, chewy, deep and long-lasting flavors of tar and roses. Good Nebbiolo can harmonize with the richest, strongest-flavored meats and stews, as well as dry, aged cheeses that may be too strong or distinctive for other wines. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread.  The wines featured will be:

Guidobono, Langhe 2010
Damilano, “Marghe”, Nebbiolo d’Alba 2009
Pasquale Pelissero, “Pasqualin”, Langhe 2009
Vietti, “Perbacco”, Langhe 2009
Pasquale Pelissero, Barbaresco, “Bricco San Giuliano” 2008

A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk (253-5742 or 800-826-7000) and there will be a $20.00 fee per person.