Roero Riserva DOCG Printi

Monchiero Carbone have been making Roero Printi since 1997, which is remembered as one of the most interesting vintages of the decade. The selection set out to produce a wine that could measure itself against the more structured Piedmontese reds, and deal confidently with decidedly long periods of aging without surrendering the elegance that is typical of the Nebbiolos originating on the steep slopes of the Roero. Here, on the limy, east-facing soil of the Frailin hill, the grapes can benefit from dry, hot summer days, as well as enjoying the last few warm rays of the setting sun in autumn: something which is often forgotten, but which is essential for a late-ripening variety such as Nebbiolo. Grown following traditional local methods, the grapes are picked in the middle of October. The fermentation is always long and slow so as to allow all the natural elements contained in the grapes to develop in the wine. It is then drawn off into different fill barrels, where it completes its malolactic fermentation and remains for at least 24 months. After a further year of maturing in the peace and quiet of our old cellars, the wine is bottled in preparation for its release. With its expansive, fruity nose, followed by a full body and long finish in the mouth, the taste is dominated by the elegance of Roero tannins. It is a wine that will continue to improve with lengthy aging in the bottle.

Growing area: Roero - commune of Canale
Vineyard position: facing west
Altitude: 350 m
Yield per hectare: 5 tons
Surface area: 2.5 ha
Alcohol content: 13.5-14%
Acidity: 5-5.5 g/l
Bottle sizes: 750 ml, 1500 ml (Magnum) and 3000 ml (Double Magnum)
First vintage: 1997

Awards and commendations

Vini d'Italia Gambero Rosso 
• Printi 1999 3 Bicchieri 
• Printi 2000 3 Bicchieri
• Printi 2004 3 Bicchieri
• Printi 2006 3 Bicchieri
• Printi 2007 3 Bicchieri

• Printi 2009 3 Bicchieri

• Printi 2010 3 Bicchieri

• Printi 2011 3 Bicchieri

• Printi 2012 3 Bicchieri

Top Hundred Award
• Printi 2000
Vini d'Italia l'Espresso
• Printi 2004

DoctorWine Daniele Cernilli "Guida essenziale ai vini d'Italia"
.  Printi 2012  95/100


Printi 2011 91 Pt

James Suckling

Printi 2011 89 Pt



Colour: a ruby-red hue, giving greater depth without taking away any of its brightness.
Nose: intense and very deep, with unmistakeable aromatic facets; an initially ethereal impact gives way to hints of raspberry and blackberry, which are rendered more complex by a background of sweet spices (cinnamon) and noble wood.
Taste: great character showing through dense tannins and a magnificent alcohol/tannin balance; after a full-bodied, almost chewy entry, the silky soft tannins gradually spread into a long, round finish.
Pairings: greater structure and body demand richer, tastier dishes, such as casseroles or braised beef in red wine, roasted goose or wild boar stew.

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