Le Clivie Obastalà: Piedmont’s classic red wines take centre stage in late autumn
Obastalà, the range of Piedmontese reds
To celebrate autumn, the favourite season of the people of Piedmont, Nebbiolo d’Alba D.O.C. joins Barbera d’Alba D.O.C. and Dolcetto d’Alba D.O.C., completing the Le Clivie Obastalà range.
Obastalà! That’s what the people of Piedmont say when something surprises them.
Astonishment, wonder, emotion – Obastalà is that untranslatable word in dialect that encapsulates the sense of surprise.
Obastalà expresses all the wonder of classic Piedmontese red wines.
Piedmont is undoubtedly one of the flagship regions of Italian oenology. The various production zones are united by the cultivation of grapes almost exclusively on hilly terrain crossed by the 45th parallel.
Piedmont, which literally means at the foot of the mountains, is characterised by a temperate climate, alternating frosty winters and hot summers, with temperature ranges that help temper the vines, making them robust and productive, offering well-balanced wines, rich in fragrance and aroma.
When we think of Piedmont, the renowned Barbaresco and Barolo wines inevitably come to mind, despite accounting for just 3% of the region’s wine production. As far as reds are concerned, Piedmont’s great wine tradition is actually based on three indispensable wines: Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto.
And it is precisely with this in mind that the restyling of Le Clivie Nebbiolo d’Alba D.O.C. label was conceived, to better position it within the panorama of classic Piedmontese reds.
NEBBIOLO D’ALBA D.O.C.
Nebbiolo d’Alba D.O.C. Le Clivie is a synthesis of the strong link with the land and the skilful winemaking tradition of Piedmont.
A sensitive, late-ripening vine, Nebbiolo requires specific environmental characteristics which can be found in the Roero area of Piedmont.
Espalier vine training with Guyot pruning, manual harvesting, a long maceration process and ageing in steel tanks result in a full-bodied, warm and delicious wine with olfactory notes reminiscent of autumn in Piedmont. The Italian word for fog is nebbia, so, as its name suggests, Nebbiolo is a wine that comes from the fog.
A beautiful garnet red colour, Le Clivie Obastalà Nebbiolo d’Alba presents fruity notes ranging from plum to cherry jam in the nose. Harmonious and elegant on the palate, with good structure and evident tannins. Ideal paired with tagliatelle with mushrooms, risotto with truffle, stews and game.
GRAPES: 100% Nebbiolo
APPELLATION: Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC
PRODUCTION ZONE: Roero, Piedmont, Italy
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 18-20°C
BOTTLE SIZE: 0.75 litre
BARBERA D’ALBA D.O.C.
Barbera d’Alba is, without doubt, the region’s most popular red wine, the Piedmontese wine par excellence.
Barbera d’Alba D.O.C. Obastalà Le Clivie is the product of a terroir with unique characteristics, capable of offering a robust yet ﬁne and elegant wine.
The colour is deep ruby red with violet hues. An impressive combination of fruity blackberry and cherry notes characterises the aroma, and the palate is rich, intense and full-bodied with pleasant acidity.
Ideal with cured meats, pasta, soups, mixed boiled meats, typical Piedmontese dishes such as bagna cauda (traditional Piedmontese garlic and anchovy dip served hot with vegetables) or fritto misto (a fried selection of savoury and sweet foods).
GRAPES: 100% Barbera
APPELLATION: Barbera d’Alba DOC
PRODUCTION ZONE: The municipalities of Alba, Albaretto della Torre, Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Cherasco, Diano d’Alba, Grinzane Cavour, La Morra, Monchiero, Monforte d’Alba, Novello, Roddi, Roddino, Serralunga d’Alba, Verduno, Piedmont, Italy
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 16-18°C
BOTTLE SIZE: 0.75 litre
DOLCETTO D’ALBA D.O.C.
A typical grape variety of the Langhe, a land with a very strong vocation for winemaking, Dolcetto d’Alba has its roots in an area formed millions of years ago by the rising of the sea.
Versatile and polyhedral, Le Clivie Dolcetto d’Alba D.O.C. is a beautiful, ruby red, ready-to-drink wine with purplish highlights. Its bouquet is fragrant, fresh and fruity with plum and red fruit notes. Dry, balanced and warm on the palate, it leaves a pleasant almondy aftertaste.
Ideal with fresh-egg pasta dishes such as tajarin and agnolotti, savoury pies, grilled meats and typical Piedmontese dishes such as bagna cauda or vitel toné.
GRAPES: 100% Dolcetto
APPELLATION: Dolcetto d’Alba DOC
PRODUCTION ZONE: The municipalities of Alba, Albaretto della Torre, Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Cherasco, Grinzane Cavour, La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, Montelupo Albese, Novello, Serralunga d’Alba, Verduno, Roddi, Roddino, Piedmont, Italy
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 14-16°C
BOTTLE SIZE: 0.75 litre