It’s cold out so we’ve been eating hearty comfort food, so I’ve been raiding the cupboard for hearty wines that can stand up to them. Last nights’ choice was Langhe Nebbiolo 2005 De Forville. It’s made from the same grape as Barolo, in the same general neighbourhood, give or take a few miles, and comes in at around £7 at Majestic.
It’s a rich plum colour with strong legs, it has a fairly full on aroma with a mix of tar, plums and cherries. It’s dry with a medium tannin level, I’d have expected higher. Reasonably full bodied with medium-high alcohol, it feels quite big. It has a fairly earthy flavour with tar and red-black fruits, and quite a punch.
It wasn’t a big success, but used to stew some wild and dried mushrooms it redeemed itself wonderfully.