Diego Conterno - Baluma, Langhe Nebbiolo (2020)
Working out of their winery on the outskirts of the town of Monforte d'Alba, which overlooks a number of their vineyards, Diego and Stefano employ superb farming techniques and traditional methods for their wines. In the vineyards, they work organically and entirely by hand, tending each parcel carefully and methodically.
Moreover, they make very strict selections at harvest, choosing only the best fruit from each of their plots. Fermentations are long and slow, and they prefer cement and, increasingly, Botte Grande (large cask) to mature the Nebbiolo.
Harnessing their exquisite terroirs, Diego and Stefano make breathtaking wines, which embody the best elements of Monforte d'Alba: structure, texture, minerality and longevity. The Baluma is a wine grown at an altitude of 500 meters, in west facing vineyards. The soils are a mix of clay, tuff and calcareous marl. After macerating for 8 to 10 days on the skins, the wine is matured for six months in 500L oak barrels.
You will find ripe strawberries and cherries, combined with a light floral note on the nose, and a juicy palate with just the right amount of tannins to give this wine the structure to balance the fruitiness.