The Nebbiolo grape is named after the fog that arrives every year in Piemonte and cools the landscape, vegetation and people there. Nebbia = fog in Italian. Readers of this blog will know we are very fond of the grape and wines that it produces. And there is something about autumn and a good Nebbiolo wine, it’s like they are made for each other.
The history of Brigatti’s estate began in the early 1900s when Alessandro Brigatti, Francesco’s grandfather, the current proprietor, started to plant some vines to complement the cultivation of cereals. The great passion for wine was the driver that fostered Alessandro to start searching for a suitable plot of land to plant his own vineyard. During his quest he came across a gently rolling hill, exposed to the south and with a soil rich in clay. “Love at first sight” that’s what it was! He definitely showed a keen eye as that spot is one of the best hills in the area, also known as Mötziflon.
The name comes from the dialectal name of the hill where the grapes that make this wine are grown. The local dialect from the village of Suno indicates “Möt” as the translation of ‘hill’ and “Ziflon” as that of ‘Robin’ or ‘songbird’, hence the meaning. It is a blend of Nebbiolo (85%) Vespolina (10%) and Uva Rara (5%) grapes, the wine is aged for twenty months in traditional oak barrels of Slavonia.
Brigatti Möt Ziflon Nebbiolo 2018 - 275,- kr
Beautiful, clear red colour, a little transparency that almost gives it a glow when held up to the light. Very floral and light on the nose, very pleasant indeed. Very fruity at first. Red berries and cherries. Nice firm tannins that don’t dominate but cleans the palate well and gives the wine a fine dryness that kicks inn at the end. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable.
Very good with traditional Italian dishes. Will also be very good with lamb and chicken and will handle some spicy food.