2016-C Corino Nebbiolo Langhe DOC, Piedmont, Italy (750ml)
A Monthly Wine Club Selection
Light ruby red with the transparency typical of Nebbiolo. Classic red berry and savory aromatics. Beautifully balanced palate, with a complex mélange of red raspberry, cherry and fresh cranberry, with green, slightly stemmy—then powdery tannins. Persistent, flavorful finish.
In 1952 Celeste Corino moved with wife and children to Annuziata, in La Morra, to work as a sharecropper growing grapes and fruit trees. Celeste's son Giovanni (the father of the current company owner Giuliano), grew up following in his father's footsteps and eventually founded the Corino Azienda Agricola, focusing his attention on the vineyards. Initially, most of the grapes produced were for sale; but in the mid 1980s, when a still very young Giuliano started to work in the family company, the first Corino Barolo was bottled. In 1987 the Corino sons, Giuliano and Renato, took over management of the property and embarked on improving the quality of the farming. They also purchased their first fermentation tanks and oak barrels. In 2005, Renato left to start his own company; the Corino winery is now run by Giuliano, with the help of his wife Stefania and their children Veronica and Andrea—the newest generation. The whole family is involved in the production process: from the care of the vineyard, to the winemaking and marketing of the wines. Today the company has 9 hectares of vineyards in the area of La Morra, planted to Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto. All farming is organic and sustainable. Stylistically, Corino’s wines are classic expressions of their grape varieties, and respective regions. 100% Nebbiolo. The grapes saw 5-7 days of maceration in temperature-controlled rotary fermenters at 77-86°F. After pressing, the resulting wine was racked and left to mature for 8-10 months in stainless steel tanks before being bottled.