Terroir: The grapes for this Barolo come exclusively from the finest vineyards of the communities of Castiglione Falletto, Barolo and Monforte d’Alba. The vines are grown with Guyot (VSP trellised) system on hills with good inclines. The soils are of medium consistency with a substantial content of quartzose sand giving richness and flavor intensity and freshness to the wine.
Vinification: Grapes are collected exclusively by hand, quickly brought to the cellar for destalking and soft pressing. Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature of 82-86°F in thermo- conditioned tanks. Maceration of the skins with pump-overs lasts eight days. The wine is then racked into concrete tanks that are lined with fiberglass and insulated with cork to maintain the post-fermentation temperature of 72°F. In these concrete tanks, malolactic fermentation begins spontaneously and is completed rapidly. The wine is blended and aged for 2 years in traditional large Slavonian oak barrels. The wine completes its aging in the bottle for some months before release. The Barolo Tradizione reaches its maturity four years after the harvest and matures further between four and 20 years.
Garnet-red in color with ruby shades. An intense perfume with clean scents of spices, vanilla, roasted hazelnuts, licorices, cacao and wild rose. A full, elegant flavor, austere and good-bodied, with recurring olfactory sensations. The hints of spices and of wood blend perfectly.
Thanks to its big structure, this wine pairs exceptionally well with main courses of red meats, braised dishes and game in general. An ideal accompaniment for cheeses.
Score: 92 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
This cuts a broad swath, offering cherry, leather, menthol and tobacco flavors. Shows vibrant acidity underneath, with burly, mouthcoating tannins. Fine length. Best from 2019 through 2029.
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
With fruit from various historic vineyards in the Barolo township, the 2011 Barolo opens to plump notes of dark berry, crme de cassis, dark plum and spice. The wine has the summer sun within and you can taste it thanks to the softness and subtle sweetness of the fruit. Ultimately the wine offers more to the nose because the mouthfeel is still streamlined and tight a this young stage.
Score: 92 PointsJamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
Aromas of licorice, blueberries and flowers with hints of citrus follow through to a full to medium body, with a solid core of fruit and a fine finish. Tight and racy. Better in 2017.
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