2019 Ettore Germano Nascetta
The Langhe Nascetta of Germano Ettore winery is an excellent white wine, produced with Nascetta grapes. Nascetta is a native Piedmontese vine variety that has been rediscovered in recent years and which is grown on the hills of Novello giving great results. After the fermentation and the vinification in steel, it shows a beautiful straw yellow color, while at nose it develops a delicate and floral bouquet, with notes of citrus, sage and thyme. This is a wine with a good acidity, mineral and sapid, with an intense and enthralling flavor; it is excellent to drink chileld as an aperitif or in combination with raw fish and crustaceans.
About Nascatta as a varietal:
The most unusual and even most typical native variety of Novello, yet perhaps least-known, is not Barolo, as many believe; it is Nascetta, a white Piedmontese variety that emerges from a troubled, though fascinating, past. For a long time, this was a forgotten wine, made from just a few, meager rows of vineyard. It nearly went the way of extinction. It was a true enological discovery, its lost fate saved only by the foresight of several producers, including Sergio Germano (owner and winemaker of Ettore Germano estate).
The first documents that record the presence of Nascetta, known also as “Nas-cetta” and “Anascetta”, tell of an extraordinary wine. In 1877, the scholar Giuseppe of the Counts of Rovasendalo defined Nascetta as “a very delicate grape and exquisite wine” in his Saga of a Universal Viticulture (Saggio di un’ampelografia universale). The viticulturist Lorenzo Fantini also mentioned “Anascetta” in 1895, comparing it to the fineness of Moscato. His colleague Giovanni Gagna coined today’s name “Nascetta,” saying “it should to be used together with Moscato bianco and Favorita.”
These initial mentions reveal a curious fact: once, Nascetta was made into a sweet wine and appreciated as an aromatic variety in blends with other white Piedmontese grapes. Even oral tradition confirms this in Novello, long considered the best area for producing this variety: Nascetta was used as a wine for Mass, a sweet wine made from slightly dried grapes, and able to withstand time.