Castello di Verduno Barbaresco
Italy grows many hundreds grape varietals, but a few stand out, such as Nebbiolo. It produces big bunches of little berries turning into wines with lots of tannins and acidity well suited for ageing decades.
It is the star variety in Piedmont, that offers a very specific climate: the Alps provide hillsides vineyards and protection from winds, and a light sea breeze sometimes refreshes the air.
Different soil types are present which explains the different appellations, or DOC. Barolo and Barbaresco are the two nortorious ones producing the best Nebbiolo wines in the world!
In Barbaresco, Nebbiolo grows onto different layers of sand, clay and limestone. The wines are therefore quite similar to Barolo wines but with softer tannins. The new generation of winemakers has recently changed their style as the traditional wines needed 20 years to mature before drinking best. Lets be honest, would you be that patient!?
Castello di Verduno unites two cellars owned by Gabriella Burlotto and Franco Bianco, one in Barbaresco and one in Barolo. The 50 year old vines are grown organically, grapes are hand picked and vinified with little intervention: indigenous yeast and no fining or filtering (it's vegan!!)
The winemaker's challenge is to create a wine drinking well in its youth as well as aged, following traditional techniques: long maceration for tannins, maturing in large Slavonian botti to limit oak flavours.
The traditional botti, often more than 10 times bigger than a french barrique. To make sure the tannins are well integrated, they mature the wine 18 months (instead of the minimum of 12 required by the DOCG), and then age the bottles 14 months before release.
A perfumed wine, with aromas of wild strawberries, sour cherries, rosewater, chocolate, and sandalwood. It's starting to show a bit of development with cigarbox notes. The palate flavours match the nose. It is concentrated yet elegant, tannins are high and chalky. A great wine to drink now paired with food (someone said Risotto?) or if your cellar needs an Italian addition this will happily rest for 5+ more years. Note- decant the wine an hour (minimum) if drinking soon.
- Italy - Piedmonte
- Red Wine
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