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Barolo DOCG ‘Bricat’

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Tasting Notes

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.

- 2010 vintage rated 92 WS, 93+ AG, 90 JS

2011 vintage rated 92 WS, 91 JS

2012 vintage rated 94 JS, 92 WS, 92 AG

2013 vintage rated 94+ WA, 95 AG

Winery

Giovanni Manzone

Region

Piemonte

Varietal

100% Nebbiolo

Location of Vineyards

Gramolere vineyard in Monforte d’Alba.

Orientation

South / South-West

Altitude

1,100-1,300 feet a.s.l

Type of Planting

Simple Guyot

Soil

Calcareous-clayey

Type of Cultivation

Sustainable through integrated pest control

Vinification

Harvest takes place during the first half of October. Maceration on the skins for 35 days at approx 82-87F.

Aging

Aged in 500 and 700lt Slavonian casks and French tonneaux for 36 months. Unfiltered.

Alcohol Content

14%

Total Production

6,500 bottles

Oenologist

Giovanni, Mauro and Mirella Manzone