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Fabio Gea

Fabio Gea Vino Rosso Grignolino Back Grin 2020


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. 

Using organically-farmed Grignolino (although Fabio won't confirm this) from 15 year old vines grown in clay and limestone soil, the name of this wine is literal and in English: "Back Grin". The sickle and rake logo (which Fabio has said is intentionally made to resemble a human backside) has a hand-drawn smile on every bottle. This Grignolino is dry and bold with a medium acid line. Juicy strawberry, watermelon and cherry notes. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with no added sulfur.