2008 Monchiero Carbone Printi Roero Riserva DOCG
Monchiero Carbone introduced Printi Rosso in 1997 in an effort to produce a wine comparable to the famed structured Piedmontese reds. Their goal was to create a wine that would lend itself to long periods of aging without forfeiting the Roero Nebbiolo's characteristic elegance. Here, on the limy, east-facing soil of Frailin hill, the grapes benefit from dry, hot summer days and the autumn sun's lingering, lukewarm rays. Fermentation is always long and slow, after which, the wine is drawn off into different barrels, where it completes malolactic fermentation and ages for at least 24 months.
The wine is expansive and fruity on the nose, with black cherry, licorice, and rose aromas. On the palate Printi is dry and dominated by elegant Roero tannins.
The structure and concentration demand richer, tastier dishes, such as casseroles or braised beef in red wine, roast goose, or wild boar stew.
International Wine Cellar: 93 Points
This remarkable wine is very dark in color and shows striking concentration of pigments. Spicy and floral, with a subtle menthol note, this actually looks and smells more like a Barolo from a top cru than a wine from Roero, and it musters the weight and depth of flavor to back up that impression. There’s a notable dose of new wood present, yet the plush fruit is more than equal to the challenge of counterbalancing the oak