On October 26 Caviste launches three wines from Ferdinando Principiano on the Swedish market. The wines can certainly be interesting for wine drinkers also in other countries. It is question of three different grape varieties: dolcetto, barbera and nebbiolo. Ferdinando Principiano tries to work as naturally as possible but is not so interested in certifications. Instead, he believes that the wines should stand for themselves. It is the following three wines (two bottles each, six bottles at ~100 euro total).
Sant’anna 2016, Ferdinando Principiano
The wine is aged on steel tank and is ready before the summer. The nose is marked by quite dark fruit and the taste has a fairly high acidity and a little sweet finish. The aftertaste has wet stones, but not in a bad way. The wine goes well with food, but it can be a bit heavy on its own. But with a lasagne or creamy pasta it will be perfect.
Barbera D’Alba Laura 2015, Ferdinando Principiano
Steel tank until the autumn of 2016. Flowery aromas with a little grassiness. The wine has a touch of prickly acidity and quite fresh. The wine has a distinct acidity with red creamy fruit on the finish. There’s a lot going on and the wine goes through several phases.
Barolo Serralunga d’Alba 2013, Ferdinando Principiano
The wine is aged in large botti and has 60 days of fermentation. It has been aged for two years, is then bottled and aged one more year. The sulphur levels are kept as low as possible. The wine has a nice and quite light nose. The wine is very well balanced. It also has a wide range of flavours: dark fruit and some black currants but also some tar, some rose petals. All this together is an exciting mix. Big tight tannins, as it should be.
All-in-all, a big span of well-balanced wines that are drinkable already now but probably will improve with a little patience.
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