On the market we find many wines that cost a lot and offer very little as far as taste. This is not exactly the case with the two wines that we offer on this journey between Piemonte and Alto Adige. Let's start with a parcel in the heart of all the greatest wine lovers. We walk among the old Nebbiolo rows of Vigna Rionda in Serralunga d'Alba, in the Langhe. In the company of Davide Rosso we discover a simply sensational Barolo, also difficult to understand in all its beauty due to a gustatory depth and finesse in the glass that leaves something magical and suspended. Barolo Vigna Rionda Ester Canale Rosso surprised us even in a complicated vintage like 2018.
We move from the limestone of Vigna Rionda to the substrate of porphyry rock typical of the two parcels near the Nussbaumer vineyard, in the municipality of Termeno, facing Lake Caldaro. Here we find a late harvest gewürztraminer, proposed several years after the harvest. It ferments in steel vats and is then bottled and transported to the heart of the ancient mine of Schneeberg in Ridanna, at 2,000 metres above sea level. The bottles rest at the end of a 4-kilometre tunnel that penetrates the belly of the mountain. After seven years in the cold and in the dark, Epokale is ready to travel the world.
selected by Gambero Rosso