G. B. Burlotto, Langhe DOC (Piedmont, Italy) Freisa 2020

($30, Vineyard Road, Inc):  Freisa, a grape related to Nebbiolo, typically has a significant tannin structure, much like Nebbiolo.  Just as there are many examples of Langhe Nebbiolo that are approachable when young, here is a seductive Friesa Langhe DOC that is delightful to drink now.  It should come as no surprise since G. B. Burlotto, one of the region’s top producers, can always be counted on to make great wine.  This mid-weight nuanced Friesa has a captivating perfume followed by lots of non-fruit — think leafy and spicy — notes.  The tannins are fine and provide perfect support.  This elegant expression of Freisa is ideal now with a hearty pasta or grilled veal chop.
93 Michael Apstein Oct 10, 2023