Our Wine Of The Week is 2014 Round Pond Estate Nebbiolo. This proprietary red wine is a blend of 93% Nebbiolo and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 18 months in French Oak. The end result is a smooth, light sip with backbone, starting with berry aromas and ending with tobacco and floral notes on the finish. My preference is to sip this wine by itself or with hors d’oeuvres, though Nebbiolo can be paired with goose, veal and other light meats.
Nebbiolo is a wine grape native to the Piedmont region in northern Italy. It is used there to produce DOCG-quality (see explanation below) wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco that are commonly imported into the United States. Young Nebbiolo-based wines tend to be light-colored and tannic, but take on a brick-orange color and more distinct aromas when aged. The Rond Pond Estate Nebbiolo has similar characteristics.
Round Pond Estate in Rutherford, California, is a producer of high quality Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc other great wines. They also produce premium olive oil at their own mill located across Rutherford Road. For more about visiting their tasting room, see their information in our Wine Destinations Directory: Round Pond Estate.
There are three levels of quality used to rate Italian wines based on where the wine is produced and the level of control over production mandated in the region. From low to high, they are:
DO — Denominazione di Origine (designation of origin, seldom used)
DOC — Denominazione di Origine Controllata (controlled designation of origin)
DOCG — Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (controlled and guaranteed designation of origin).