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Fabio Gea

Fabio Gea Vino Rosso Cul Otte 2019

$64.99

zero-zero
no added sulfur

Country: Italy

Region: Piedmonte

Type: Red Wine

Grape: Nebbiolo

Fabio is a young winemaker and former geologist whose grandfather bequeathed him a few tiny plots around the Bricco in Barbaresco. His few rows of Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Barbera, and Grignolino amount to less than one hectare. The vines are co-planted with fruit trees and Fabio treats the vines with only small amounts of copper and sulfur, along with plant based remedies.

Everything about Fabio's wines is unique. His Barbaresco bottlings are labeled with hand-pressed pulp paper. He makes such little wine he is able to hand number each bottle with a pen. Fabio's wines are pure, charged and intense, with plenty of muscle and finesse. All of the farming is done by hand. In the cellar, Fabio uses a mix of older large barrels (500L), glass, and steel, and he has been experimenting more and more with porcelain amphorae that he has designed and created himself. His Barbaresco barrels are not toasted. Instead, Fabio "vaporizes" the wood oils and sugars by applying dangerously hot volcanic stones to the interior. 

This is Nebbiolo from Barbaresco made in a different style. The grapes are destemmed and macerated for two to three weeks and then fermented and aged in homemade porcelain and stoneware vessels. Bottled in old Tavaglini Gattinara bottles. No added sulfur. 

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