2009 Giacosa Fratelli Barolo Vigna MandorloNebbiolo from Italy
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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 Vine...
- 93 Wine Spectator
93 Wine Spectator
"Pretty cherry, raspberry and balsamic aromas and flavors highlight this elegant Barolo. Harmonious and detailed, with the structure to develop over the next 10 years. Excellent length. Best from 2016 through 2030. 900 cases made. --BS"
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.