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I think Federico may have produced his most elegant Barolo to date, this wine is red fruited and very fine in structure, the maceration in this warm vintage handled sensitively. This again bursts from the glass with racy, perfumed strawberry fruit and exceptional overall balance. Bright red fruits, mint, flowers, spice and the sensation of crushed rocks are vibrant and lifted - this is a beautifully layered Barolo. Chambolle meets Barolo !
Barolo. Grapes come from the Sarmassa and Terlo crus. About 25 days on the skins (normally this is around 50 days), and no 'cappello sommerso' (submerged cap), but pumping over only. Aged in 25-hl casks for 20 months.
Lustrous and just mid ruby. Earthy, minerally, sweet cherry with an undertow of mace and Amaro (herb liqueur). Supple, expressive cherry fruit with muscular, but well-behaved tannins. Very long and with lots of juice on the finish.
- Importer, Andrew Guard