2007 Alvento Aria

Back in 2011 I bought this at the winery. It is one of only two Niagara wineries growing Nebbiolo. Nebbiolo is an Italian grape used to make Barolo, and Barbaresco’s. Ridgepoint being the other. in 2012 we were at the winery and they told us that they had run into financial difficulty and had to sell off their Nebbiolo for cash flow. I hear now Alvento is out of business. The web site is still up but the phone rings and rings. Sad. A truly unique experience lost. Slightly garnet in color with a mild nose of red berries and some oak. On the mid pallet this wine displays some almost dried berry notes, and red berries. This wine lives in the finish as all good Nebbiolos do. Bam there it is some super dry pucker power backed by some nice acidity. This is a big wine, with lots of mouth grip on a long finish. The complexity is lovely and smack on varietal. I would give it a solid 90. I paid $34.90 for it and it was worth it to have a unique part of Niagara’s heritage. I’m sad to see them go 🙁

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