Negro Lorenzo 2016 Barbera d'Alba Superiore La Nanda
Azienda Agricola Negro Lorenzo 2016 “La Nanda” Barbera D’Alba Superiore DOC
Pairs with: Wild boar
I am from: Piedmont, Italy
The story: Negro Lorenzo is located in Monteu Roero, in the Langhe region, north of Alba and the famous Barolo/Barbaresco territory. Roero is a territory that is unlike Asti or Barolo in that it is jagged and rough around the edges. The winery overlooks a very dramatic and beautiful valley. Throughout the countryside here, you can clearly see where the ocean once receded from, as the valley is cut out as if by a knife. At Negro Lorenzo, they have been making wine for over a hundred years. In fact, Lorenzo’s grandfather of the same name and his two brothers carted wine from where today’s winery stands to Turin and Cuneo to sell at the local markets. In the last ten years, however, Lorenzo has recently decided to bring this production to another level with the creation of Negro Lorenzo. The sandy soil full of marine fossils leads to more elegant wines compared to the surrounding zones. In fact, the scallop shell that is on the label of all of Lorenzo’s wine was found while planting new vines. The fossils are apparent inside the cantina as well, where the wines are aged. Fossils are part of the actual foundation of the building and a constant reminder of the history of this land. With each visit, a glass of wine is always enjoyed overlooking the Roero on the patio. This is followed by a coffee made by Lorenzo’s mother, who constantly reminds Lorenzo of his roots while sharing photos of his childhood. A drive around the area to see the chestnut trees, peaches, apricots and plums is always important to understand the diversity here and how the terroir can contribute to the incredible complexity of each wine.
Why you’ll love me: This wine is a deep, ruby-red with a nice brick hue. The nose is deep and wide with notes of berries and hints of tobacco followed by pepper and vanilla. The mouth is elegant, austere, and has persisting taste with remarkable but sweet and velvety tannins and a warm, encircling aftertaste.