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Barolo DOCG ‘Vigna del Mandorlo’

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Tasting Notes

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 meters 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.

Excellent with red meats (roasted, skewered or grilled) and especially with wild game.

2009 rated 93 WS
2010 rated 93 WS, 92 WE
2011 rated 93 JS, 91 WE

2012 rated 92 JS
- 2013 rated 94 WE, 93 IWR (International Wine Report)

Winery

Giacosa Fratelli

Region

Piemonte

Varietal

100% Nebbiolo

Location of Vineyards

Vigna del Mandorlo in Scarrone (Castiglione Falletto)

Orientation

South

Altitude

300-380 mt a.s.l.

Type of Planting

Organic, not certified

Soil

Clayey-calcareous, rich in microelements of marine origin.

Vinification

Grapes are harvested by hand. Non-invasive wine-making, lengthy maceration and ageing in large casks of 30 hectoliters for 3 years, followed by 2 years in bottle.

Alcohol Content

13.5-14%

Total Production

10,000 bottles

Oenologist

Maurizio Giacosa