Vintage: 2005
Bottle sizes: 1.5 L
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Appellation: Ghemme
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Nebbiolo
Vineyard: Sourced from the Breclemae vineyard.
Orientation: South- Southeast Exposition at an altitude of 280-310m. It extends over 10 hectares.
Soil: Hills formed in the interglacial stage by the Monte Rosa moraine (the second highest in Europe). The soil is very rich in minerals thanks to the considerable crumbling of the rocks due to the age of the morain.
Viticulture: Manually harvested in the second half of October. Counter espalier with Guyot pruning.
Vinification: Grapes were destemmed adn delicately pressed keeping the rolls of the destemmer sufficently distant from each other in order to avoid the ill-treating of the grapes as much as possible. After the fermentation at 28-30 degrees Celsius, two pressings a day were carried out in ordeer to favor the extraction of the anthocyans and the polymerised tannins from the skins, which give that characteristic velvety, sweet and at the same time austere taste to this wine.
Aging: In Spring it was transferred to oak casks and kept there until the bottling.
Production: 10,000 btls (750's) produced.
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 92+
Amazingly, the 2005 Collies Breclamae comes across as very young. A massive, full-bodied wine, the 2005 is laced with autumn leaves, spices, pine, menthol and licorice, but at the end of the day, the 2005 is really in no mood to show all of its cards. Even at eight years of age, the 2005 needs more time in bottle to release the full breadth of its aromas and flavors, and allow the tannins to start softening. This is an impressive showing.