Pipan Steel Nebbiolo IX 2016
Made entirely from clone 9 of the Gruppo Matura which is said to produce a more perfumed, brighter wine, which is what Nebbiolo IX is all about. Fragrant, with prompt seductiveness and aromas of ripe yet bright and crunchy red berries. Delicate and clean, like biting into a red cherry straight off the tree. There is a Ruby Red-like citric quality that keeps the palate fresh and vibrant all the way through. The tannins are fine and polished. If it wasn’t for those hints of white truffle and amaro it could be mistaken for a pinot noir. My biggest struggle – not topping up the glass after every sip.