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Nebbiolo Langhe DOC ‘Il Crutin’

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Tasting Notes

A ‘mini-barolo’, Il Crutin is made with 100% Nebbiolo sourced from vines of the Castelletto and Gramolere vineyards in Monforte d’Alba. Because the winery has no ‘minor’ vineyards to use for an entry-level, approachable nebbiolo, the family decided to declassify parts of the Castelletto and Gremolere vineyard to make il Crutin. Il Crutin (‘small cellar’ in Piedmontese dialect) is an old house located on the Gremolere hill: hand-carved in the rock in the 1800’s, purchased by Giovanni Manzone in 2000.

Nebbiolo Il Crutin shows a brilliant ruby red color with garnet nuances. The nose offers refined aromas of cherry, raspberry and violet followed by blueberry, vanilla, rose and plum. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a properly tannic attack balanced by alcohol, good body and crispness. Pair it with rich pasta dishes with mushrooms sauce, roasted or stewed meats and hard cheeses.

2013 rated 91 Decanter

2016 rated 90 JS


Giovanni Manzone




100% Nebbiolo

Location of Vineyards

Castelletto and Gramolere vineyards in Monforte d’Alba


West / South-West


1,100-1,300 feet a.s.l

Type of Planting

Simple Guyot



Type of Cultivation

Sustainable through integrated pest control


Harvest takes place during the first half of October. Maceration on the skins for 5-6 days at approx 82F.


Aged on lees in 700lt casks for 6 months, followed by approx 10 months in bottle.

Alcohol Content


Total Production

5,000 bottles


Giovanni, Mauro and Mirella Manzone