CA’ GIALLA NEBBIOLO (ORGANIC)
Marco Porello is the third generation of his family to produce wines in Roero. The family owns 40 acres of vineyard land in total, all highly regarded locations in two of Roero’s twenty-three villages…The marine clay-based Mombirone in the village of Canale, and Tanone in Vezza d’Alba, which is a sandy, limestone-rich site.
Climb up to the castle that sits above Marco’s home village of Canale and you’ll leave with a better understanding of how Roero fits into Piedmont as a whole – In simple terms to the South of the river you have the more famous (and more expensive) Langhe and where you stand (to the North of the river) you have the more humble (but often overachieving) Roero. Most people think Arneis when they think Roero, and while we love some Arneis this is shortsighted. Roero Nebbiolo and Barbera can be sensational and almost always come at a humble price.
Marco Porello is one of the most “known” names in Roero, and he produces two lines – his namesake Marco Porello line which is sourced from the estate’s oldest vines and sees a bit more wood, and a more value-oriented line called Ca’ Gialla, named after the yellow house on-site inhabited by his mother and also made from 100% estate fruit, albeit with no new wood and slightly younger vines on average.
His Nebbiolo is a screaming deal! Cherry and licorice are balanced by acid and tannin, earthy and dry. A hint of tar. Good to pair with a variety of meals. Something to sip while waiting for your Barolo and Barbaresco to mature.