Barolo DOCG

Location: towns of Barolo, Monforte d’Alba, and Novello
Soil structure: clay-silt, sand, silt
Trellising: Vertical canopy
Vineyard expansion: 2.3 ha
Pruning system: traditional Guyot
Exposure: a mix of East and West

Planting with: 1 m X 2.7 m.
Altitude: 300 m
Plant density: 3,700 plants per hectare
Varietal: Nebbiolo
Sub varietal: Lampia
Production: about 7,000 KG / ha
Rootstock clone: 420 A, K5BB
Year planted: 1991

Soil characteristics
This wine comes from the vineyards located in the municipalities of Barolo, Monforte d’Alba, and Novello: which represents the southwestern part of the Barolo production area. This is a Barolo that the family has always produced, even in the seventies where separation of single vineyards began to take place. This wine expresses the soil characteristics and different microclimates that blend well in the this wine.

Production process
The wine-making process for this Barolo is like that of the cru’s but with a shorter maceration process. According to Giovanni Battista Croce (1606), Nebbiolo name derives from the transposition of the adjective “noble”; this is why we continue to age our Barolo in large Slavonian oak casts from 1500 to 3000 liters, (with the planks bent on fire but not toasted) and not new oak (since the new barrels are good for the Barbera). We believe that the noble Nebbiolo grape varietal develops its power gracefully. It is aged for two years in large barrels and one year in the bottle.

Serving recommendations
Among the different types of Barolo that the family produces this is the one that is immediately appreciated by the consumer and for the first time faces the varied landscape of this wine. Despite being a less complex Barolo it is better to consume this wine at a younger age given its expressive nose and excellent elegance even in its youth.

Guide Vintage Edition Score
Wine Enthusiast 2017 June/July 2021 94
Vini d'Italia - Gambero Rosso 2016 2021

PTS 6: Come di consueto, più che convincente il resto della batteria.

Vini d'Italia - Gambero Rosso 2015 2020

2 Bicchieri rossi; PTS 5: Molto buono anche il Barolo '15, peso medio e impronta fruttata leggera e armoniosa, perfettamente tarata su una trama tannica solida, il finale è continuo e prolungato.

Vinibuoni d’Italia 2016 2021
The Wine Advocate 2016 2020 91
Vinaria 2016 n°6.2020

17: (Barolista)Feine Erdbeernase, Waldlaub, vollreife Fruchtaromatik, Kirsche, pfeffrige Würze, heller Tabak, satt, viel Biss, vital, perfektes Tannin-Säurespiel, klassisch, harmonisch, rund im Nachhall, sehr ansprechend, lang im Finish.

Wine Enthusiast 2016 2020 95

Editors' Choice

Vert de Vin 2016 2020 93-94

Brezza 2016 – Barolo : The nose is fruity, racy and offers a very fine grain and a very fine intensity. It reveals notes of bigarreau cherry, Boysen berry, small notes of small wild fruits associated with fine touches of violet, iris/rose as well as discreet hints of cuben pepper and cardamom. The palate is fruity, well-balanced and offers a juicy/mineral frame, precision and a fine tension. On the palate this wine expresses notes of bigarreau cherry, fleshy/juicy blackberry, small notes violet associated with fine touches of plum, raspberry as well as hints of tonka bean, sweet spices and sugared mild tobacco. Good length.

Jancis Robinson 2011 Apr - 2015 16,5/20

Slightly greyish ruby. Sweet, meaty nose - quite evolved. Lovely combination of freshness and ripeness, with fine tannins howvering in the background. Dry finish. 14,5% Drink 2017-2025. FINE + RARE.

Falstaff 2015 2020 91

"Dunkel leuchtendes Rubinrot. Offenherzige und frischfruchtige Nase nach Kirschen und Himbeeren, zarte Walderdbeeren. Am Gaumen ebenso mit frischer Frucht, spannt sich schön trinkig über die Zunge, leichtes Salz mit feinem Spiel. Tasting: Barolo-Barbaresco-Roero; 22.11.2019 Verkostet von: Simon Staffler, Othmar Kierm"

I Vini di Veronelli 2015 2020
Merum 2015 2020
Merum 2014 2019/2020

JLF : Recht helles Rot; Karamellnoten, auch Himbeeren; rund, fein, karamell-und rotfruchtig, rundes Tannin, sehr rund und trinkig, gefällt sehr. (12 493 Flaschen; L.6-17; eine Abfüllung; 13,5%; €22,00)

Vini d'Italia - Gambero Rosso 2014 2019

Più giocato su toni di erbe assolate che sul frutto il valido Barolo '14

Wine Enthusiast 2020 95

editors' choice

I Vini di Veronelli 2014 2019 90
Vert de Vin 2015 Spring 2019 94/100

The nose is aromatic, elegant, racy and offers a fine power/ concentration. It reveals notes of blackberry and wild raspberry combined with small notes of ripe red berries as well as a hing of rose, gray pepper, dicreet hing of blond tobacco and of hazelnut. The palate is fresh, fruity, well-balanced, precise and offers a beautiful fresh mineral frame, suavity, a small straightness as well as a beautiful finesse of the grain. This wine expresses notes of black cherry, plum and small notes of ripe red berries associated with touches of violet, rose as well as discreet hints of liquorice and an imprerceptible hint of ripe laurel berries. Tannins are elegant and fine. There are hints of almond and chocolate on the finish (bring a few chews.)

Merum 2014 2019
Merum 2014 2019
Wine Enthusiast 2014 2018 90
Merum 2013 2018
Wine Enthusiast 2013 2017 94
Jancis Robinson 2013 2017 16,5+/20

Pale ruby with orange tinges. Unusually reductive at the beginning, but improves with air. Really shy and reluctant but with wonderful coating tannins. Very elegant palate weight and good length. Genuine. (WS) 
Drink 2017-2032

Merum 2010 2015
Merum 2012 2017
Wine Enthusiast 2012 2016 88
Merum 2011 2016
huon HOOKE 2011 2016 93

Leather and meaty charcuterie bouquet; richer, denser palate with good fleshiness and texture. Sweeter fruit and more charm than the 2012, and very long. A real charmer.

huon HOOKE 2012 2016 90

Fresh earth and leather bouquet; intense and soft in the mouth, mellow and gently drying. Dried flowers. Warmth of alcohol and tannin resonates on the aftertaste. Long finish

Wine Align 2006 2011 90

Here's a pleasant, neither modern nor rustic example, with a fine blend of old school floral perfume, erath and leather notes coupled with sweet ripe wild starberry and rasberry flavours. The palate is fullish, firm, more rustic than modern, and all the more authentic for it, leading into a long finish. A fine and balanced example all in all, an more than fair value.

Wine Align 2010 Wine Align 2015 91

Classic, old school Barolo with dusty, faded flowers and dried red berry flavour, as well as plenty of resinous herbal notes. Perhaps not the most riveting example, but certainly representative.

Wine Align 2011 Wine Align 2016 92

Penetrating and intense on the nose, this has classic nebbiolo perfume of liquorice-spiced red fruit, fresh road tar and faded violet and roses in the textbook spectrum. The palate is a bit stewed, though keeps it together on the back of firm, woolly tannins. The finish lingers on a distinctly medicinal edge. I'd tuck this away for another 2-3 years at least for the maximum expression - it's not intended to be a fruity, early drinking wine to be sure

I Vini di Veronelli 2006 2011
I Vini di Veronelli 2008 2013
The Wine Advocate 2005 2009 89
The Wine Advocate 2006 2010 91
The Wine Advocate 2007 2011 88+
Decanter 1999 2003
Decanter 2001 2006
Wine Enthusiast 2010 2014 94
Wine Enthusiast 2010 2014 94
Jancis Robinson 2010 2014 16+/20