2018 Campi Raudii 89VMAntonio VallanaAlto Piemonte$16.99 SALE
- 90% Nebbiolo / 10% Vespolina & Uva Rara
- Fermentation and aged entirely in concrete vats
- Aged 1 year in concrete and 1 year in bottle
- tiny 1,000 case production
Campi Raudii is a Nebbiolo based cuvee (90% Nebbiolo with Vespolina and Uva Rara) whose story dates back to the Roman period when viticulture was brought in this area. Campi Raudii (Latin for red fields) is the name of one of the most important battles in Roman history which took place near the estate’s current foundation. After a hard-earned victory, the Romans introduced the cultivation of vines to these red-colored soils.
Today, Vallana is proud to offer the chance to enjoy a moment of history, culture, and tradition with the Campi Raudii. Even at the entry-level, the grapes go through a rigorous selection process in the vineyard and in the winery. Cement tanks help to keep the must cool and the juice is continually pumped over the skins to aid in extraction and tannin development.
89 pts Vinous (Galloni)
The 2018 Campi Raudii is mostly Nebbiolo, with dollops of Uva Rara and Vespolina. Sweet dried cherry, crushed leaves, tobacco, mint and cedar add an attractive upper register. The 2018 is just a bit classically austere, and a touch slender, but it certainly has plenty of character.