2010 Giovanni Manzone Barolo Bricat
"Manzone's Barolo 'Bricat' comes from the oldest vines (50 years old), in the highest and best-exposed parcel of the Gramolere vineyard. Although Bricat means 'small hill' in Piedmontese dialect, the name actually comes from the old owner of the vineyard purchased by the Manzone family in 1989.
Manzone's high-elevation vineyards and their extreme steepness foster naturally low-yielding vines which produce wines that are approachable while young, yet remain amongst the most concentrated and longest-lived of all Barolos. Principles of natural, non-invasive agriculture are followed in the vineyards: no insecticides or fertilizers have ever been used. Minimal amounts of SO2 are added and all the wines are unclarified and unfiltered. Of the 3 Barolos, Bricat should be tasted 2nd.
Traditional-style Barolo, fermented using natural yeasts with long skin contact. Ageing is carried out in botti and tonneaux (500lt and 700lt in size) for 36 months.
Ruby red with garnet notes, Bricat offers bright aromas of small red berries, walnut and chocolate. A graceful Barolo, yet there is still plenty of underlying tannin in the background. Pair it with braised beef, roasts, truffle dishes and seasoned cheeses." - Importer