Nascetta. Yes, another Gift from Piemonte.


I discovered Ettore Germano at SPQR in San Francisco, when we stumbled upon one of my now all-time favorite Rieslings.  I had another chance to experience this winery’s mastery of white wine production the other night when we cracked open a bottle of the Ettore Germano Nascetta 2009.  If you aren’t a believer in the Langhe’s ability to produce noble, long-ageing white wines by now, this is the wine to convince you.

Ettore Germano produces this svelt, mineral-driven Nascetta solely in stainless-steel tanks.  The aromatics were full of lime peel, thyme, sage and wet rocks.  I chilled the wine before opening and at first sniff, realized it was way too cold.  As it warmed up, these beautiful herbaceous aromas began unveiling themselves, and the structure of the wine completely evolved.  I did a little research afterwards and realized that Jeremy Parzen over at Dobianchi had a similar experience with the Nascetta (Anascetta) from Elvio Cogno.  Trust your instincts!  Just because it’s a white wine, doesn’t mean it should be served ice cold.  We only learn by tasting and experimenting, right?

I had anticipated opening this wine, and had picked up a chicken for roasting to accompany the Nascetta.  

As a side note, there is nothing that will endear you more to your spouse or loved-one than coming home to the scent of roasting poultry and a glass of geeky white wine.

 Try it some time- you’ll thank me!

I stuffed my chicken with sage, rosemary, thyme and a lemon.  At 400 degrees for about 45 minutes, you end up with a crispy-skin, juicy and flavorful meat, and a house full of the most mouth-watering aromas you can stand.  This is comfort food for me- and with a little acorn squash and some garlic roasting alongside the bird, it’s a complete meal in one roasting dish.

I wanted to point out as well that Ettore Germano’s 2009 bottling labels this wine “Langhe Bianco DOC” with the varietal “Nascetta” on the label.  I understand that in 2010 this noble Piemontese grape will have earned its right to a “Langhe Nascetta DOC” classification.  For more information on the history of this grape, and it’s name, please take a second to click here.  Fantastico!