From Vine Farmer:
Vine Farmer is proud to have introduced the wines of Cascina Val Del Prete, Roero's leading grower for natural farming and traditional cellar work, to the East Coast. Chastised in the past for farming the difficult way, Cascina Val Del Prete is now leading a wave of new farming standards in Roero as more growers look to realize the heights that they have demonstrated are possible and that were known historically.
Farming Arneis, Barbera and Nebbiolo, it's the Nebbiolo based wines that soar the highest. They are never over extracted or dark in color despite long maceration times; combining structure with detail and finesse and highlighting a paradoxical phenomenon where longer maceration yields wines of grace. This practice is shared with traditional Barolo producers. However, where Barolo is more about tar and rose, these wines combine deep cherry, rose and chinato spice - truly beautiful and aromatically vibrant wines with a touch of exoticism. Make no mistake: these Nebbiolo based wines showcase the varietal in all its triumphant glory.
Serious connoisseurs of Nebbiolo should take note - perhaps the most intriguing clue to the true nobility of Roero is that it is one of the few regions in the world with the historical record needed to map out a quality hierarchy of vineyards. In fact, Roero's recent MGA designations doing just that place Roero among the handful of other classified regions in the world - regions such as Burgundy, Barolo, Barbaresco and the Mosel.
The Wine - The Vigna di Lino bottling comes from the lower portion of the South facing vineyard of the same name; from the Delle Grazie MGA directly behind the family farmhouse. The lower portion of the Vigna di Lino vineyard has more clay whereas the top of the slope is sandier. The clay soil lends a remarkably different character to the wine than the Riserva from the top of the slope.
Of the two, we find that Vigna di Lino tends to be the more compact and powerful wine. Even so, the color remains fairly light and translucent, true to the thin skinned nature of Nebbiolo. The wine is highly aromatic with a deep red fruit, earth and chinato spice. Clarity, presence, and texture are all more pronounced in this wine. Vigna di Lino is a deeply pretty, perfumed wine when it hits its stride and is a classic example of Nebbiolo from one of Roero's finest plots. A good decant is usually recommended.