A tasting to share

Categories: Stories, Vineyards and wines

The most beautiful moments are spontaneous and natural. The most beautiful places are simple, authentic, and full of emotion. My thanks to Martins for having the idea of reviving Conte Vassallo’s late 19th century home. Inside its walls, we threw together a tasting before the first day of harvest. We started with a one-liter bottle…

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Maceration and Tannins

Categories: Vineyards and wines

  In the years prior to 1980, every winemaker produced Barolo in nearly the same way: 2-3 months of macerating and splinting, where the marc cap was pushed and pressed against the liquid with wooden planks. It produced particularly bitter tannic wines that could only be appreciated after 20 years or so. From the 80s…

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2016, what a beauty!

Categories: Stories, Vineyards and wines

The optimism in the air has become a reality. I can calmly affirm that 2016, in the end, is a year of excellent value. Sometimes people wait to say such things out of superstition. They think it, but they don’t say it. However, I now believe that this year has been more than great for…

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My first time in Latin America: Sao Paolo

Categories: Winetrotter

Michele Chiarlo told me: “In Sao Paolo, and a large part of Brazil, the quality of food is the best in the world.” Indeed he was right. I’m coming back from a short, but intense, business trip to a green land and in certain ways I was amazed by the excellent level of food offered….

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The Great North

Categories: Winetrotter

      6 days, 5 cities, 8 flights, 5 dinners and more than 350 people tasting the Rivetto Barolo. That is the numeric breakdown of my recent trip to ‘conquer’ the Great North. Norway and Iceland were my destinations last week, and I found the cities I visited, like Bergen, Trondheim, Tromso and Reykjavik,…

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The 2013 grape harvest: September magic

Categories: Vineyards and wines

I liked the 2013 harvest because it was emotionally intense. A cold, humid spring and a mild summer pointed to a bad year, but September turned everything around: it was a month I would call climatically perfect. This year’s harvest was concentrated in the month of October, something that has not happened for a long time….

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Strangely Briccolina

Categories: Vineyards and wines

Briccolina is the Barolo Nebbiolo vineyard that I have always held off harvesting, always taking the risk of waiting since I know its potential, so much so that in 2010 we harvested it on 30 October… Not this year, though. Working together, the hail, which sped up maturation, perfect analytic data and imminent rain conspired…

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Upcoming ratings!

Categories: News

On next issues of Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast our wines have been positively rewieved. You can check for it on-line but here we have a preview and at this link you can see an abstract of our press reviews: Barolo Briccolina 2008 – 94 Wine Spectator, 95 Wine Enthusiast Barolo Leon Riserva 2007 – 93 Wine Spectator, 94 Wine Enthusiast Barolo del Comune di Serralunga 2008 – 93 Wine…

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Simple yet difficult

Categories: Stories

Just recently, elections were held for the new board of governors for the Consorzio del Barolo. After giving them my congratulations,  I would like to ask them what they think of these photos, which I took in late April in the famous vineyards of the Barolo zone. I think that we need to speed up…

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