2009 Giacosa Fratelli Barolo Vigna Mandorlo
Traditionally-styled Barolo from single-vineyard called ‘Vigna del Mandorlo’ in Castiglione Falletto, one of the most prestigious crus in Barolo. Vigna Mandorlo, or Almond Vineyard, is a suggestive vineyard which begins at the foot of the castle of Castiglione Falletto and extends, on three adjoining ‘terraces’, over more than three hectares, and it is dominated by a large almond tree. The captions on the label have been designed to reproduce the way in which the vine rows grow at the foot of the castle and with a stylized image of an almond in the center of the label.
The vineyard has a south exposure, with slopes of between 25 and 35% and lies at an altitude between 300 and 380 metres above sea level. The clayey-calcareous soil is rich in microelements of marine origin, alternated with layers of sandstone making it particularly suited to producing great Barolo wines.
A long, undisturbed maceration yields rich polyphenols, good structure and complexity that are nicely blended together and softened with patient 3-year ageing in large oak casks (30hl). Intense persistent bouquet of black cherry with hints of rose, leather, coffee beans and tar. Full-bodied, yet well-balanced and smooth. Well suited for long ageing when stored correctly in a dark room and away from sudden temperature changes.