Mauro Vergano Chinato: The Best Fortified Wine In Piedmont?
Mauro Vergano’s Chinato is a great Italian wine. The base wine is Nebbiolo, and then he adds spices, alcohol, aromatic herbs, a bit of sugar, and love.
A classic but ancient recipe that traces the footsteps of the old Piedmontese Chinato wines that have delighted our palates for centuries.
But this Mauro Vergano’s Chinato is probably his most successful, complete, and intriguing work.
You may be wondering why this Chinato Nebbiolo is so good because the base is a Nebbiolo with excellent structure, but not the classic Barolo. It doesn’t matter. The result is exceptional.
The finesse of the wine, the still vigorous but well-defined tannins, the set of spices, and the deep floral and herbaceous suggestions blend, creating a symphony of rare elegance.
It is like a score, with many notes and flavors, but the sum of the whole is very catchy, delicate, and melodious: it unfolds with lightness and grace.
There is undoubtedly a predominant note of roots such as licorice, cinchona, and rhubarb, however, the harmony created with Nebbiolo, a wine already full of these aromas, is terrific.
There is not much to say about Mauro Vergano’s Chinato, except that it is a masterpiece of oenological goldsmithing.
The aromatic depth is crazy but always measured. Every detail is taken care of and weighed, resulting in a recipe and meticulous research.
But the real difference is the base wine, which is a product of excellent quality, a real wine, and therefore manages to support this considerable amount of aromatic suggestions.
The simplicity with which it attracts you and bewitches your nose is almost scary. It is a swirling kaleidoscope, full of infinite shades, with a soft rhythm that never leaves you. It goes from flowers to laurel, titillates you with anise, licorice, gentian, and then the fruit of Nebbiolo, warm and ethereal, makes itself felt. Still, earthy echoes intertwined with sweet, spicy notes such as cinnamon and other more mature notes of mace and cardamom. The persistence is excellent, the finesse unique: simply fabulous.
In the mouth, it is well balanced, with the right bitter touch that remains in the background, the warmth of Nebbiolo that caresses the palate, a slightly hinted flavor, and adequate sugary panache. Overall he is structured and tenacious but well finished, gifted with balance.
Indeed the naturalness of drinking is commendable, a strong point, especially considering the number of flavors present in the glass.
In summary, it is one of the best wines of Piedmont, the work of a great wine artisan. Courageous and contemptuous: don’t make the mistake of thinking that Chinato wines are boring products and taste this masterpiece.
Forty euros is the right price for a precious elixir.
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