Pink sparkling dry Nebbiolo? Si! This is Nebbiolo d'Alba, whole cluster pressed and Metodo Martinotti (aka Charmat), on lees for eight months before bottling. Luring florals dart around damson berries, red currants, and wild roses in this pale salmon / orange wine, aloft with fine bubbles that fade quickly, and centered with a toasted walnut core. The finish is surprisingly long and pleasantly astringent, with Nebbiolo's lovely bitter kiss. Enjoy this sophisticated sipper with paté, charcuterie or cured / smoked salmon. 460 Casina Bric, a hilltop farm in the local Piemontese dialect, is the most elevated vineyard in the village of Barolo, where the average elevation is 460m. Gianluca Virberti is the vigneron and owner.
Score: 89 points -- Treve Ring, Sept 2018
At 460 meters above sea level, Casina Bric (which in the Piemontese dialect means “hilltop farm”) is the highest altitude Barolo estate in the Langhe region. Here, Gianluca Viberti makes his Barolo with the utmost respect for the wine territory that dates back to the 1700s when it was home to a monastery. --Winemaker