Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo DOCG
Five generations of Fenocchios have been producing wine from their holdings in Monforte d’Alba since 1894. Most of the production was sold locally up until 1964, when the ambitious and energetic Giacomo Fenocchio took over the estate. In his quest to make the finest wines in all of Barolo, he purchased prime parcels in Cannubi and nearby Castellero, but his focus was always on what he liked to call the heart of the Barolo area, the Bussia.
Today Claudio’s wines exhibit a level of terroir clarity that is only found in the top echelon of producers. If you’re looking for the next star winemaker in Italy, look no further. In October of 2014, The New York Times rated Fenocchio in second position in a tasting of 2010 Barolos – coming behind only Elio Altare and ahead of Elio Grasso, Massolino, and Vietti. Claudio now manages 14 hectares of vineyards in Barolo, Castiglione Falletto and of course, the Bussia of Monforte. Total average annual production is about 8,000 cases.
100% Nebbiolo from a small parcel just outside of the Bussia. The vines, with an average age of 20 years, sit at 350 meters above sea level and are planted to clay, calcareous marl, and sand. Fermentation takes place with indigenous yeast over 40 days in stainless steel. The wine then ages in Slavonian oak casks (25-35 hectoliter) for 30 months before refinement in the bottle prior to release. Approximately 600 cases produced.
Wine Enthusiast: Wild mint, woodland berry and underbrush aromas mingle with a floral note. The rounded, full-bodied palate offers Marasca cherry, botanical herbs, clove and tobacco alongside solid but polished tannins. Drink 2020–2027.
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