I’d like to talk to you about the creation of the new association Indigenous Langa, about its first event which just finished at the Castle of Grinzane, about the criticisms and compliments we received. I could say who was the best and the worst wine to taste. I could convey the great enthusiasm for the local Piedmont vine varieties, but honestly I don’t feel like it and I believe it would just be superfluous. However, I would like to leave you with the marvelous words of an enologist with a great talent and awareness. His words encapsulate the sense of the recovery of the white grape of Langa, which I quickly joined a few years ago: the Nascetta
We don’t know anything. We make a lot of hypotheses. We really believe in this precious grape, rich in charm. A very Langa grape!
“If they abandoned it, there must be a reason, right?” is the usual comment from the skeptics, pragmatists, those who don’t want to believe.
I believe in it. I’ve known this grape since the 80s, but I only began to think that it could be the white grape of Langa in 2004. I convinced my friends to plant nascetta instead of arneis, chardonnay, favorita, sauvignon, viognier, riesling, traminer, and cortese.
It’s very difficult to choose a white berry vine variety to plant in such miraculous soil, which produces, for example, a barolo or a barbaresco. It’s very difficult.
We don’t know anything: the great Dr. Schneider of the university has excluded kinship with Nasco. She has revealed a connection with Gros blanc, but it’s not enough. We’re still waiting.
Meanwhile nascetta is growing. Many believe in it, the Langa plant. They like its smell, its resistance to the flavescence dorée disease, that savory, almost salty, taste which characterizes it. Personally, I really love it’s resistance to the air. You open it today and it’s good. You taste it tomorrow and it’s still good. You try it again after a week and it’s amazing!
We don’t know anything.
But we believe in it.
It’ll be the Langhe white, thanks to Cogno, who believed in it at the beginning of the 90s; thanks to Macaluso, who even planted it outside Novello. It’ll be the white wine of Langhe thanks to its smell, thanks to its linalool, a typical terpene in moscatos, which is immediately present in newly-made wine. Thanks to the TDN, an aroma which characterizes Riesling, an aroma which finally comes out after 2 – 3 years of aging.
It’ll be the white wine of Langhe thanks to grapefruit, exotic fruits, honey, acacia flowers, the many aromas which every wine maker will know how to praise with their own style.
Nascetta is difficult, vicious, and spoiled. It produces little, sometimes nothing, sometimes too much. There it’s too ripe, over there it’s still green. It’s not for everyone, but we believe in it and we will also succeed in understanding its character even better.
The grape is marvelous, yellow, almost golden, with a sublime flavor, with rare intensity.
We don’t know anything. We do know, however, that it’s worth it.