Drink of the Week: Malvirà Rorero Riserva Trinità 2007

Sidonie Rodman has a special affinity for Italian wine. The sommelier at New York City’s Rezdôra, and one of Imbibe’s 2020 People to Watch, aims to bring Northern Italian wines that highlight the region’s indigenous grape varieties to prominence. Currently, that focus includes a Nebbiolo from the Alto Piemonte, located at the base of the Italian Alps. “I’m in love with Alto Piemonte Nebbiolo, specifically Malvirà Rorero Riserva Trinità 2007,” says Rodman. “Roero [area] is just above Barolo, and has incredible producers including Giacomo Damonte from Malvirà, who is a 5th-generation winemaker and is actually the godfather to [Rezdôra] chef Stefano’s son Luca.”

Made from 100 percent Nebbiolo grown in calcareous clay then fermented in stainless steel and aged in both French oak and the bottle, the 2007 vintage is a standout. “Malvirà Trinità Nebbiolo is better than most entry level Barolo by a long shot because it’s bigger and more integrated. I get notes of black currant, licorice, and dark berries with high tannin and integrated wood which makes for a silky finish.” $39.98, winex.com