Fenocchio’s range of Barolos is superb. This generic Barolo represents an extraordinary price-quality ratio for an entry-level wine of this appellation. The wine is robust and muscular, reveals a purity of fruit, and gives up pure and charming aromas. The grapes are grown in a southwest facing vineyard at 300 metres above sea level in the village of Monforte d'Alba. The harvest takes place in October and the wine is made gently and slowly, spending several years in oak casks before being released to market, a luxury that is usually reserved for high-flying Barolos. This long quest for maturity allows the wine to be enjoyed young, but it will also age wonderfully for more than a decade.
Dark garnet colour with brilliant purple highlights. Intense nose with rich aromas of cherries, licorice, plum and balsamic. Although full-bodied, the wine remains elegant, balanced and complex. The mouth is rich with tannins, but not drying. Cherry pit flavours succeed black fruit, plum and violet
Braised meat with sauce. Pasta with truffles or mushrooms. Hard aged cheese such as Parmigiano and Piave.
Clay with blue marl and volcanic tuff.
Supervised control vineyard practices. Green harvest. Southwest exposure at 300 metres above sea level. Vines 65 years old on average
Low temperature spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel tanks with 30 days of skin contact. Six months maturing in stainless steel tanks and three years of aging in premium quality Slovenian barrels
James Suckling - 93 points, barolo 2011
Wine lovers who appreciate traditional Barolos rather than modern ones will certainly be delighted by the wines of Giacomo Fenocchio. The Fenocchio family has been growing grapes and makes wine fine wines from grapes carefully grown in their vineyards on the slopes of Barolo for five generations. The family owns vineyards in the best crus of the region, including Cannubi, Villero and Bussia. They stay true to traditional know-how and expertise and have made very few changes in their winemaking style over the years as they chooses to let nature dictate the pace.
The Barolo appellation is located in the heart of Piedmont and is named after the village of the same name, 15 kilometres south of Alba. The jigsaw of vineyards on the hills here benefit from this unique place, ideal for growing the unpredictable and late-maturing Nebbiolo grape. Barolo wines are among Piedmont’s most famous, and they are recognized for their great aging potential.
Piedmont and Barolo share many similarities with Burgundy. This is winemakers’ country, where wine and food form one inseparable whole; a paradise for foodies with its truffles, nougat, hazelnuts, cheeses and meats. The majority of the wineries are owned by families who have lovingly been tending the land for generations.
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