Vietti Nebbiolo 2012 Castiglione Barolo Piedmont
The Vietti house epitomizes the mix of modern and traditional in the Barolo region. What makes Vietti unique is that it owns Nebbiolo acreage in all of the major communes of Barolo: Castiglione Falletto (its home base), Serralunga d’Alba, La Morra, and Barolo. This diversity of vineyards allows Vietti to focus on both blended wines and single crus.
Vietti’s Barolo Castiglione is a blend of selected grapes from parcels around Castiglione Falletto that are too small to bottle individually. The vines are 7 to 35 years old with yields of 35 hl/ha, grown using the gouyot system. After harvesting, the grapes are gently pressed. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel with daily cap submersion for extraction of flavor and color. The wine is the aged for 24 months in casks
It is a beautiful wine the way it blends the floral aromatics with mint, anise and red berries. As it opens, the tannins and the complexity of its layers continues to build.
“With fruit sourced from various points under the Castiglione Falletto township, the 2012 Barolo Castiglione continues on its promise to offer a solid drinking experience based purely on quality Nebbiolo. This wine speaks more to the specific qualities of Nebbiolo, more than vineyard site. It opens to a dark garnet color with young aromas of cherry and spice. Elegant balsam notes of mint and licorice add a sharper sense of definition. This is a solid-drinking Barolo for the near and medium term.”
-Monica Larner, 93 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate