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Bricco Rosso Suagnà Langhe Rosso 2013

Red Wine from Italy - NW Italy (Piedmont)
A clever mix of 60% Dogliani dolcetto with 40% nebbiolo, combining the fruit of the former with the class of the latter. This is a great-value Piedmontese red that's proved a hit with our members.
Price: £9.50 Bottle
Price: £114.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: IT26671

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Dolcetto
  • 13% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Now to 2022
  • 75cl
  • Cork, natural

North West Italy

The most renowned of the north western wine regions of Italy is Piemonte, and it is arguable that it is the most renowned of all Italy’s wine producing regions. Home to Barolo and Barbaresco, both made solely from the nebbiolo grape that performs particularly well on the slopes around the town of Alba, Piemonte produces some of the most famous, and increasingly sought after, wines in the World. These are wines that manage to harmonise power and finesse, harnessing the abundant tannins of nebbiolo to richness and concentration but, in good examples, never tipping over into heaviness. They have all the components necessary to make wines that can age for many years and achieve a silky elegance that reminds many of the finest Burgundies. The climate is largely continental with a little influence from the Mediterranean over the hills helping to maintain the long, warm autumns that nebbiolo needs to reach full ripeness on the limestone, clay and sandy soils not far from the Alps to the...
The most renowned of the north western wine regions of Italy is Piemonte, and it is arguable that it is the most renowned of all Italy’s wine producing regions. Home to Barolo and Barbaresco, both made solely from the nebbiolo grape that performs particularly well on the slopes around the town of Alba, Piemonte produces some of the most famous, and increasingly sought after, wines in the World. These are wines that manage to harmonise power and finesse, harnessing the abundant tannins of nebbiolo to richness and concentration but, in good examples, never tipping over into heaviness. They have all the components necessary to make wines that can age for many years and achieve a silky elegance that reminds many of the finest Burgundies. The climate is largely continental with a little influence from the Mediterranean over the hills helping to maintain the long, warm autumns that nebbiolo needs to reach full ripeness on the limestone, clay and sandy soils not far from the Alps to the north.

Besides nebbiolo the Piemontese also make wines from varieties that give them something to drink while the Barolos and Barbarescos mature gracefully in vat and bottle. Dolcetto (little sweet one in Italian) and barbera are the principal varieties, best known for producing fruity, lively reds to match the foods of the region but which are also now being taken more seriously and given the treatment that can turn them into something far more refined and structured through lower yields, better sites and oak ageing. Beside them growers persist with the lesser known but just as fascinating freisa, rouchet, grignolino, brachetto, pelaverga, bonarda, croatina and vespolina, and the white varieties cortese and arneis. Lastly, but these days not necessarily least, Moscato d’Asti and Brachetto d’Acqui are two wines that, when made well, can be a delight – frothy, sweet and fragrant bubblies of low alcohol and gentle fizz for enjoying with a range of desserts when lightness of touch is called for or for drinking in the garden on a warm Summers’ evening.

North of Piemonte is the Valle d’Aosta, the smallest wine region in Italy squeezed into a valley abutting the Alps almost in the shadow of Mont Blanc and reaching out to the French border. Here, on steep Alpine slopes, varieties like petite rouge, fumin, malvoisie and petite arvine sit alongside a few plantings of chardonnay and make characterful wines with a mountain freshness that goes delightfully with the local cuisine. Slightly to the east a scramble of small appellations such as Gattinara, Ghemme and Lessona produce perfumed and fine boned variations on nebbiolo, here known as spanna and sometimes blended with other local varieties, that were once more famous than Barolo.

In the north-east of the region on the border with Switzerland Valtellina Superiore also majors in nebbiolo of excellence, this time within the region of Lombardy. Head south from Valtellina Superiore to the hills around Lago d’Iseo and the méthode traditionelle sparkling wines of Franciacorta are made from pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot bianco grapes. Throughout Lombardy still wines are made from an assortment of varieties in several different appellations without any making a stand as the focal point of regional production. Perhaps the closest to achieving such recognition, besides the increasingly well-known Franciacorta, is Lugana just south of Lake Garda where turbiano (aka verdicchio) can produce some excellent, fragrant whites on a flat glacial plain where the lake acts as a moderator of temperatures, cooling the air with its breezes.

Liguria, famed more for its picturesque and exclusive Riviera resorts than its wines, runs in a strip from the French frontier to the border with Tuscany. Vineyards are small and fragmented due to the rugged terrain as the Ligurian Appenines finally curl and dip towards the sea and because of this Liguria’s production is tiny, if interesting. Vermentino, rossese, sangiovese and dolcetto are all grown but the most famous wine, oft seen by the tourists who consume most of it, is Cinque Terre made from bosco with either vermentino or albarola blended in.

Finally, the wines of Colli Piacentini, Oltrepo Pavese and Gutturnio close to the city of Piacenza on the edge of the Emilia-Romagna, if chosen carefully, can provide much pleasure with wines made from barbera, bonarda and a number of international varieties. However, much of the crop and the wines made here are destined for spumante producers or blenders based elsewhere.
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Manfredi

Manfredi are merchants and growers specialising in Piedmont wines. Being based in Dogliani they specialise in Dolcetto, producing an excellent example from their Bricco Rosso vineyard, but they are also well-placed to buy bulk and blend intelligently and The Society has found some great wine bargains through them under the Suagna label.

Italy Vintage 2013

Northern Italy performed very well in a vintage that was difficult for many other areas. In Piedmont the cooler temperatures led to a long, slow ripening period that accumulated flavour and fragrance in the fruit. Clear, dry weather at harvest was very welcome and led to the harvesting of high-quality fruit. The expectation is for wines of depth, concentration and aromatic intensity that will keep. In Tuscany too growers enjoyed a long, slow maturation period after cool spring weather and a nippy August. Ripe and balanced wines that should age gracefully are the result.
2013 vintage reviews
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Lancashire Evening Post

… really floated myboat … an Italian red with notes of cherry, strawberry, herbs and leather.

- Jane Clare

Manchester Evening News

My go-to red of theevening not just on taste but on value for that taste … a blend of 60% doglianidolcetto with 40% nebbiolo. It's a grape pairing which spoke to me of driedherbs, leather,...
My go-to red of theevening not just on taste but on value for that taste … a blend of 60% doglianidolcetto with 40% nebbiolo. It's a grape pairing which spoke to me of driedherbs, leather, dusty floors, but also fresh bright cherries and a punnet ofstrawberries.
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- Jane Clare

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