Gianluigi Lano Langhe Rosso Lanot 2018

Unbelievable Langhe Rosso: 2018 Gianluigi Lano 'Lanot'

It's hard to put into words how incredible this wine is, but you know I'm going to try. I'll start by saying this is one of the top Piedmont red wine values I have encountered in my 20+ year career.

I am constantly on the hunt for wines that over-deliver, and this one does that and then some. From a tiny Barbaresco producer, this is a wine that comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by my team and I. I bought every bottle my distributor would allow, but that only ended up being 14 cases.

Gianluigi Lano Langhe Rosso Lanot

2018 Gianluigi Lano Langhe Rosso 'Lanot' 

You won't believe how good this is. I bought as much as I could. - Josh Spurling - 94 points 

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Like most Barbaresco producers, the Lano Family grow other grapes, and their Lanot Rosso is based on a blend of 70% Barbera and 30% Freisa. Many of you know and love Barbera, but you are probably wondering what Freisa is. It is a grape  that is closely related to Nebbiolo, and some research suggests it is actually one of Nebbiolo's "parent grapes." Like Nebbiolo, it is highly aromatic and possesses considerable acidity and tannin. When paired with the lower tannin, richly fruited character of Barbera, things get really interesting....and delicious!

It is worth noting that this wine is not an afterthought. Many Barbaresco producers make Barbera and Freisa, but the wines pale in comparison to the estate's top wine. That is not the case here folks. This is brought up like a top-flight Barbaresco, and it honestly delivers Barbaresco-like complexity and nuance at half the price. I truly love this wine, and I promise you I am not exaggerating its qualities.

For years, the Lano family sold their grapes, but in 1993, they started making their own wines. That was a good call, as all of their vines are 30 to 50+ years old. Their Langhe Rosso 'Lanot' is composed entirely of grapes grown in the Barbaresco DOCG. The wine is fermented in concrete tanks, then aged in Slavonian oak for two years, just like their Barbaresco is. The finished wine is truly special and one I can't wait for you to try.

This really reminds me of a young Barbaresco with less tannin. Deep garnet red in the glass, this offers up lovely aromas of ripe cherry, plum, dark raspberry, and wild strawberry. With about 30 minutes of air, more complex notes of rose petal, mineral, and leather emerge. Firm and intense on the palate, the flavors are long, rich, and satisfying.

Quite giving and generous now, this is a wine that will continue to evolve and improve for at least a decade. If you can't wait that long, I understand and no worries. Just decant this one for a good 30 to 60 minutes, and it will be ready to go. 

Wines like this one do not come along very often, and I plan to enjoy this with some lamb chops and a mushroom risotto. I highly recommend you do the same. Cheers and keep drinking the good stuff in the AVL!

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Josh Spurling
Owner, Operator, Wine Monger
Table Wine Asheville