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Barolo DOCG ‘Castelletto’

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Tasting Notes

100% Nebbiolo grapes sourced from the Castelletto vineyard that surrounds the family-operated winery. Castelletto is 1 hectare facing South-East towards Serralunga d’Alba. Soil composition is older in orgin and the resulting wines have thinker tannins, fuller body and deeper color. Of the 3 Barolos it should be tasted last.

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. 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.

Barolo Castelletto is ruby red in color with medium garnet highlights. Complex, yet elegant and intense notes of raspberry, wild fruit, sweet rose petal and tobacco. Firm tannins are balanced and offer a lasting impression of sweet fruit. Best enjoyed with game dishes, poultry or seasoned cheeses.

- 2010 vintage rated 95 WS, 93 AG, 90 JS

- 2011 vintage rated 92 WS, 92 JS

- 2012 vintage rated 93 WS, 91 WE, 91+ AG, 90 JS

- 2013 vintage rated 92 WA, 95 AG

Winery

Giovanni Manzone

Region

Piemonte

Varietal

100% Nebbiolo

Location of Vineyards

Castelletto vineyard in Monforte d’Alba

Orientation

East / South-East

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 35-40 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

5,800 bottles

Oenologist

Giovanni, Mauro and Mirella Manzone