2015 Ada Nada Rombone Elisa Barbaresco - Piedmont, Italy
Named for one of the daughters of Anna Lisa and Elvio, Elisa is drawn from the oldest vines located in the cru Rombone in Treiso. Planted in 1947, this plot of Nebbiolo is found on south facing slopes at 300 or so meters of altitude with low yields and high levels of concentration. Vinified in stainless steel after a maceration of about 10 days, the wine is then drawn off into large 30 hectoliter oak casks for 18 to 20 months of elevage. Bottled without fining or filtration, this cuvée exhibits the essence Nebbiolo - pure, enticing, dark berry fruit aromas and flavors encased in leather and earth followed by ripe tannins on the firm, dry finish. This small-production, ageworthy Barbaresco pairs beautifully with Agnolotti del Plin, filled with pork and veal, and topped with butter and sage.