2019 will be the last bottling of the Nebbiolo D'Alba. This is because David's own vineyards (his are Barbaresco and as such the wine becomes Langhe DOP) are now mature enough to be harvested and they have been vinified for the 2020 vintage. It will still be 100% Nebbiolo and become Langhe Nebbiolo.
"From the initial stages has developed into an incredible vintage. Quality, structure" - David Fletcher on the 2019 vintage. Compared to the 2018 vintage this is a vintage with more background, more structure. A different expression to the 2018 which was fleshier, rounder as a reflection of the warmer vintage. - Franc About Wine, Importer
100% destemmed. Open ferment, very little plunging, every 2 to 3 days. No post ferment soak. Old wood. Legally Nebbiolo cannot be released until 1st November following the year of harvest. It can be aged in any way (i.e wood or steel). Fletcher uses Wood as it helps with the natural oxidation/softening of tannins. David reminds me you cannot pick too early to purposely reduce alcohol, must allow Nebbiolo time on the vine.
Fletcher does Nebb of Alba.
This is fantastic. Energetic, refreshing, vibrant fruit, incredible train tracks of tannin. Sour cherry, bergamot tea, a little fennel and wild mint, some pepper and a bit of balanced almond bitterness. This is stunning wine, so delicious to drink, finesse and elegance and quiet power. Yes thanks. Drink 2021-2030+. 94 Points. Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.