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David Fletcher 2020 Barbaresco "Recta Pete"

David Fletcher 2020 Barbaresco "Recta Pete"

Regular price $55.00 USD
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100% Nebbiolo
Barbaresco, Italy
David Fletcher's Barbaresco Recta Pete (his historical Scottish family clan name that means Shoot Straight) displays classic Italian nuances of glycerol sweet aromas, orange peel, dry but inviting tannins, roasted chestnut (ubiquitous in all corners of Italy) and a lovely amare finish. I suggest opening it early, take a taste (mostly to take out some wine and give it the right microdose of oxygen) and wait an hour or so without decanting. Elegant but expressive, it balances classicism and seduction. 

Terroir: The Barbaresco comes from the two crus, Starderi and Roncaglie. Dave’s Starderi parcel is on the eastern end of the cru and on the higher part of the slope above the Pelisseri Borgata. Alessandro Masnaghetti, a wine writer with the most exhaustive account of Barolo and Barbaresco, states that it is one of the more sunny slopes and is “among the most virile and solid of the entire Barbaresco appellation. Particulary valid is the section which begins above the Pelisseri hamlet (the location of Dave’s parcel) and terminates below the Palazzina estate.” About Roncaglie, “the grapes of Roncaglie were much desired by the grape brokers and middlemen who, in the past, worked for better known houses… and can be fully considered one of the finest of the township (assuming he means Barbaresco).

Vinification: After some trials including stems, Dave concluded that the resulting characteristics clash with Nebbiolo’s best qualities, so everything is destemmed. A pied de cuve is often employed for fermentation, and is comprised of yeast cultures from his vineyards. The extractions are gentle and sparing with typically one pigeage (punchdown) every other day, and only pumped over if the must begins to show reductive compounds (HS2). Fermentation time can run from two weeks to two months, and is made without temperature control. “Tannins need to be managed in the vineyard, not the cellar, so if they take a long time, I’m not worried about over-extracting them because they were picked when the seeds were ripe.” Nebbiolo is harvested late in the season, a factor that increases the fermentation length because the grapes are colder upon arrival. The first sulfite addition is made after malolactic fermentation is complete.

Aging: All of Fletcher’s Nebbiolo-based wines are aged in 300-liter, old-French-oak barrels with a minimum of ten years of use. This is interesting to note because the wines have a woodiness that appears to be an influence of younger barrels, but sometimes Nebbiolo and Barbera just naturally express this characteristic, and it’s hard to say why; perhaps it’s somehow organoleptically linked to their ingrained balsamic-like nuances. The use of smaller, more-porous barrels instead of larger botte would increase their oxygen and could accentuate this nuance—I’d love some opinions on that theory sent my way! The Nebbiolo d’Alba is aged for 13-14 months and the Barbarescos for 26 months. No fining, no filtration.

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