Fletcher X16 Langhe Rosso 2016 Piemonte, Italy, 75cl
Fletcher X16 Langhe Rosso 2016
Piemonte, Italy, 75cl
Fletcher X16 is a wine born from the idea of making a sort of Super Tuscan style wine but from the Langhe instead of Tuscany. It is a wine of power and elegance. Composed of a blend of 1/3 Nebbiolo, 1/3 Cabernet Sauvignon and 1/3 Merlot, you would expect the latter two varieties to dominate, however, the Nebbiolo truly shines over the top of both of them. The nose immediately indicates the floral nature of Nebbiolo, the body through the mouth speaks of the density and depth of flavour of the other two varieties, but the finish is a tannin kick that will allow the wine to age just like a good Barolo or Barbaresco. Because of the timing of ripening being diverse, the three varieties for this wine are fermented separately in small open fermenters using natural yeast. Once fermentation is complete, the wine is pressed and racked for malic fermentation in barrique, of which 30% is new French oak. The wine will spend approximately 16 months in barrique. The bottling is done without fining or filtration. Sadly, Fletcher X16 red blend will be Dave's final one as he's concentrating on making his incredible Barolo, Barbaresco and other bits.
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