Nebbiolo is generally known as a grape that does best on its own, a monovarietal champion of Northern Italy in famous places like Barolo and Barbaresco. This laser focus is a bit of a shame, because Nebbiolo is actually a willing partner in blends, and does some of its best work in concert with a host of other varieties native to the Alpine valleys of northern Italy. La Kiuva is a cooperative in the French speaking Vallee d’Aosta; where fifty independent growers in the heartbreakingly beautiful region of Arnad-Montjovet combine to produce charming and bright blends of Nebbiolo - localley called Picotendro - with local curiosities like Neyret and Gros Vien. This Rose might be their most charming and brightest wine, aromatic like an alpine meadow and gulpable like a glacier-fed stream. On the nose, peaches and strawberries, orange zest and red grapefruits come accented with a sprig of wintergreen. The palate is mouthwatering fresh and filled with flavors of wild strawberry, granite-laced soil, and peaches, with fresh cracked coriander and a touch of a botanical spice. This is the wine to greet the early signs of spring, to pair with delicate fish dishes and hastily composed cheese boards, or to simply enjoy by itself with a sunset and friends.
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