#86 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013
Appellation: Barolo DOCG
All grapes for this single vineyard offering come from the “La Rosa” vineyard in the village of
Serralunga. Vines are planted in 820-980 feet above sea level and the soils of Miocene-Helvetian origin
are packed with calcareous marl and clay, with plenty of quartzose sand and good permeability.
Vines are guyot trained with plant density at 4,600 plants/ha. Following hand harvest in mid-October, grapes are de-stemmed and crushed. The crushed grapes are warmed to around 89-91°F, and the process of pumping the juice over the cap of skins begins immediately. This takes place very frequently over the first 3 days in order to extract an optimal amount of color and tannins. As the alcohol content increases, the extraction of too many tannins is prevented by dropping the temperature to around 77°F, and reducing the volume of liquid pumped over the skins. During this maceration lasting 20-30 days, delastages are performed to improve the extraction of the tannins, and at the same time to oxygenate the yeast so it will ferment in ideal conditions to provide cleaner, more elegant aromas. The alcoholic fermentation is followed immediately by the malolactic fermentation,
which is encouraged by keeping the wine in temperature-controlled tanks at 68°F.
The wine ages in Allier barrels (50% new) for 12 months and is then racked into medium oak casks
(2000 – 3000 liters) for another year. Following bottling, the wine rests in the cellar for another year prior to release.
Color: Ruby-red with garnet highlights
Aroma: Delicate, though intense nose is complex, with clear-cut overtones of withered roses, violets, tobacco, underbrush, spices, and a slight touch of vanilla.
Taste: Dense, closely-woven tannins start out smooth, almost velvety, and then explode in the palate with fruit and nicely balanced freshness. Long flavorful finish.
It is excellent served with flavorful meat dishes and mature cheeses.
Price 42 € Score 93/100 Via Fontanafredda
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