Clendenen Family Vineyards Nebbiolo Reserva Punta Exclamativa 2011
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|Region||California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley|
|Brand||Clendenen Family Vineyards|
Of the three Nebbiolos we make, the "Punta" is considered our "reserve" meaning it gets everything it needs to be the best. Old World techniques are utilized including 72 months in 500 liter Hungarian oak barrels and an additional 2 years bottle age. Classic Nebbiolo notes of spiced cherries, licorice, and new leather give way to a medium to full-bodied, elegant, seamless wine that is reminiscent of a Barolo.
Medium garnet, the 2011 Nebbiolo Punta Exclamitiva has a very "Nebbiolo" nose of dried red and black cherries, old leather, tobacco and chocolate box nuances with notes of sage, scrubby earth and dried cranberry. It's medium to full-bodied with lovely layers of dried fruits and amaro-like spices in the mouth, framed by firm, grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing very long and very savory. Yes! Jim Clendenen says, "I would blame most New World failed efforts of Nebbiolo on poor clonal material." His Nebbiolo spent more than five years in barrel, "the way I believe a riserva wine should be."