When the Alessandria family took over this estate in 1870, Verduno was one of Barolo’s leading production centers. Other communes eventually rose to greater prominence, but in recent years Verduno has reclaimed its former glory, largely due to the efforts of winemakers such as Vittore Alessandria. This Langhe Nebbiolo is named Prinsiòt, a local nickname for the family that means “little princes.” The 2019 Prinsiòt, made entirely with nebbiolo grapes from younger vines in the family’s home commune of Verduno, is so tangy and drinkable it’s hard to stop at one glass. Like all of Alessandria’s wines, Prinsiòt emphasizes finesse over power and weight, its scents of rose petals and fresh cherries drawing you into the juicy red berry flavors tinged with notes of licorice and white pepper. Smooth, cool and poised, it goes down so easily you won’t realize the bottle is finished.
North Berkeley Imports, Berkeley, CA
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This story appears in the print issue of December 2021.
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