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Baby Barolo, Grand Cru Edition: Einaudi's Impressive Langhe Nebbiolo

Stylized image of Luigi Einaudi Langhe Nebbiolo

If many Langhe Nebbiolos can be called ‘baby Barolos’, then Luigi Einaudi’s is a super baby Barolo! That’s because it’s not just sourced from declassified grapes in the Barolo zone — Einaudi’s is made from some of the most revered sites in all of Piedmont: “Monvigliero” and “Bussia”. A third source, “Terlo”, is less well-known, but it’s also another special terroir, from which Eniaudi makes one of their top wines, “Barolo Terlo Vigna Costa Grimaldi.”

Luigi Einaudi was the first democratically elected president of Italy. In the wake of fascism and the death of Mussolini, it's no surprise that the Italian public elected a man who was both a financial whiz (he had been the director of the Banca d’Italia) but also someone with a fundamental connection to and respect for agrarian life, and an unshakable love for the unique culture of Italian wine and gastronomy.

Well before he was elected, though, Enaudi was a grape grower in the Langhe hills. He bought land in Dogliani in the late 1890s, which included a few rows of Dolcetto and Nebbiolo vines. Over the years, he acquired more and more prestigious sites, stopped selling fruit to the local co-op, and began making his own wine. Luigi's great-grandson, Paolo Sardagna, is at the helm today.

Monvigliero, made famous by none other than Burlotto, is perhaps the most elegant and lifted in Barolo. Bussia was the first Barolo cru to be bottled as a single site wine and is all about tension and balance. In contrast, Terlo is known for producing Nebbiolo of sheer power, density and structure. Piedmont insiders will tell you that these are among the very best sites in the region.

We're excited to share Luigi Einaudi's 2022 Langhe Nebbiolo, a humbly-designated wine with undeniable grand cru pedigree. Vinified in cement and aged in older, neutral 500L tonneaux, this wine is bursting with high-toned Nebbiolo fruit with crunchy acidity and gently ripe tannins. It is super aromatic, exuberant and just pure joy to drink. It’s everything you would want from a fresh young Nebbiolo — with a little grand cru magic thrown in the mix.

Luigi Einaudi, Langhe Nebbiolo, 2022 $25.99


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