Fabio Gea Flowers in the Sky with Rain 2021

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Bricco di Nieve / Piedmont // Italy

A lovely sparkling rose!

Nebbiolo is harvested manually in the rain, and then fermented and aged in porcelain for 18 months. 

Fabio intentionally harvested these grapes in the rain to see if the final result would taste different. "Maybe it is poetry. Or maybe it's my own mental masturbation. But I wanted to see."

Great with a meal or on a hot day. Served chilled.

One of the craziest, funny and provocative winemakers we've met, Fabio Gea was a geologist by trade and has traveled around the world to study agriculture and soil conditions, but his world view is a constant chaos of new ideas and peculiar whims making him possibly somewhere between a genius and a madman.

The 1.8 hectares Fabio farms is from his grandfather Nòtu, (diminutive for Giuseppe in dialect). It is made up of small parcels around different parts of Barbaresco mostly near the Bricco.

Fabio gradually developed his own sensitivity and approach to working in the vineyard heavily inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka. The cellar work is low-tech, manual and unmistakably Fabio. Stainless steel is gradually being phased out in favor of ceramics, porcelain, glass, cement and wood. Going so far as to craft his own porcelain amphoras. No temperature control, cultured yeast, fining or filtration, and the addition of sulphur is completely omitted for a large proportion of his cuvées.

He produces around 5000 bottles a year of 18 different wines. Some wines are traditional, others definitely outside-the-box.