Barolo Briccolina 2009: the great pleasantness

Categories: Vineyards and wines

It was very warm year of cold September nights, rainy in the right moments. The result is a Barolo characterized by the smells of fruit and spices, with powerful tannins typical for rich opulent structured wines. During the ripening many sugars formed which created higher alcohol levels. All of this without impeding the Briccolina from…

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Pruning in short sleeves

Categories: Vineyards and wines

I had hoped to be able to show you a few pretty photos of Langa under a blanket of snow, but so far it’s a no-go. Christmas 2013 and the beginning of 2014 have seemed to me more like the start of spring. The weather is quite pleasant, but I do not like it. The…

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Who stole my manure?

Categories: Stories

That we are in a period of crisis, this we have understood, but that even the crap of a cow has become a “safe haven” asset seems like science fiction to me… I am thinking contentiously in this way after having realized that in the high mountain manure pile, accumulated a year and a half…

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The Last Real Great Worker in Langa

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His name is Luigi Costa and he has been working for our business for around 20 years. My father baptized him the Last of the Mohicans, because he is one of the last men from Piedmont in Langa who represent our worker tradition. He is a man who never left for the big cities to…

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Alba D.O.C.: Another Useless DOC

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I wasn’t aware of it previously, but seeing it written now, it distresses me even more. Here, in the publication Albo Vigneti 2010, is an example of how to send a great opportunity for the Langa and Roera zone up in smoke: the birth of the new DOC ALBA. The more I repeat the words…

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Rain rain go away!

Categories: Production

Last night it rained a lot. The water is adding itself to what came down yesterday, and I must say that I don’t much like this Atlantic disturbance. The weather conditions are making me think that this year details and decisions are going to be more important than usual. From the photos taken at 8:30…

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Stunning weather!

Categories: Vineyards and wines

I wanted you to experience the spectacular weather that nature has been sending our way. For three days now, the sky is crystal clear, the air is sparkling fresh, and the Alps are framing the hills, by now just about ready for harvesting. For the vineyards of Langa days like this are a cure-all. Last…

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Grandpa Ercole "Ercolino"

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Generous and intuitive, with a great nose for wine; a businessman through and through, but honest. Even today, when I’m in the countryside, I run into men who tell me anecdotes about my grandfather. He was respected because he paid fairly and at times even more than fair. He knew wine and our cellar in…

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