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Iuli. Malidea, 2018

Wild Berry, Dried Flowers, Tar

Farming

Organic

Producer

Cascina Iuli

Grape

Nebbiolo

Wine Type

Red

Country

Italy

Region

VDT, Piemonte

Vintage

2018

Alcohol

13.5%

Size

75cl

Iuli is set among the last band of dramatic hills and valleys before descending into the rich flatlands of the Po river valley, with the Alps as a backdrop on a clear day. If you're headed to Montaldo, chances are it is to see Fabrizio Iuli. Today, Fabrizio is the only winegrower in the town. His first commerical vintage was 1998, with his Barbera called Rossore. The grapes found in his vineyards are Baratuciat (a nearly-extinct white variety from the Val di Susa), Slarina (a red Monferrato variety also almost lost), Grignolino, Nebbiolo, Pinot Nero, and, of course, Barbera. There are 35 contiguous hectares of land in one valley, with 16 hectares planted to vine. Certified organic, the land has never seen any chemicals.

As well as his Barbera’s he also makes this gem made of 100% Nebbiolo. Named Malidea, which translates to 'Bad Idea', since who would wish to make Nebbiolo in the 'Land of Barbera'? But Fabrizio wanted the challenge so in 1999 he planted these vines. The south-facing vineyard was harvested in mid-September in 2017, nearly a month earlier than usual due to the drought conditions of the vintage. Vinified in concrete with 21 days of maceration, aged 16 months in large French oak 2500 L casks, then aged in bottle for 6 months before release. Only 4200 bottles made.

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