Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pio Cesare ‘Il Nebbio 2009 (Langhe DOC, Italy)


When it comes to wines from Northern Italy, I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry – laugh that the cost of these wines have yet to be hyperinflated by the Chinese market and Parker Points, or cry that these wines have such a high import duty slapped on them when entering Australia.

This relative cheapie in the Pio Cesare range hails from the Langhe DOC and is an approachable, youthful, medium bodied wine that sees no oak. On the nose and the palate there are varietal cherries and earthy notes, plus some nice florals and red berries. It finishes with some subtle spice and nice contemplative tannins that assert their presence without coating your mouth.

While on holiday in the US I picked up some Barolo for a third of the price it is sold in Australia. I note that this wine can be found in Europe and the USA for half the price it is in Australia. If I could buy the Il Nebbio for $15-20 I would be smiling all the way to (and from) the decanter, though as it stands I am just pleasantly satisfied - such is life (and the nature of Australia’s terrible importation taxation system).

Rating: 89pts
ABV: 13.5%
RRP: $29-30AUD
Website - http://www.piocesare.it/home.htm (Warning - A Flash Player monstrosity)

PS - See this article from Red on the price of imported wines into Australia (LINK) - Baffles and frustrates us both to this day.

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