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Castello di Verduno, Barbaresco, 2019

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Verduno was long one of the most obscure villages of Barolo. Stuck way up in the northern corner of the DOC, away from the tour buses and truffle shops, the geekiest of Barolo lovers knew it for the airier examples of Barolo that didn’t seem to please international markets. Very few producers even bothered exporting the wines.

Then something happened. Mostly what happened is Burlotto, and especially their superstar single Cru in Verduno known as Monvigliero. That wine, made in the traditionalist method that has been returning to fashion, awoke wine lovers to the greatness of Verduno.

Genealogy can normally be pretty boring, but in the case of the Castello di Verduno it tells you almost everything you need to know about the estate. Ancestor One was a Burlotto who inherited from his Mom and Dad the castle itself, along with vines in Monvigliero and other great Verduno sites. Ancestor Two was a member of the Barbaresco family of Franco Bianco. Thanks to this marriage of Barbaresco and Burlotto, the CdV now owns Barolo in Monvigliero and Barbaresco in Rabaja!

Wine-making is traditional, with 30-40 day macerations and aging in large Slavonian casks. But don’t assume this makes for big, brooding wines. Verdunois known, as noted above, for those airier examples of Barolo, and the Castello’s wines are definitely elegant and lack the forbidding structure of, say, a Serralunga. That’s terroir.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 92
"The 2019 Barbaresco is such a pretty wine. Freshly cut flowers, cinnamon, orange peel, mint and dried cherry give this mid-weight, finely-knit Barbaresco a good deal of aromatic complexity as well as nuance. Silky and inviting, the 2019 is a terrific choice for drinking now and over the next decade or so, give or take. The 2019 is all pleasure." -Vinous

What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...

VINTAGE
2019
BOTTLE SIZES
750 ML
COUNTRY
Italy
REGION
Piedmont
APPELLATION
Barbaresco
WINE TYPE
Red
VARIETALS
Nebbiolo
ORGANIC
Practicing
VINEYARD
Sourced from three vineyards: Rabaja, Rabaja-bas and Faset.
SOIL
"Marne di Sant'agata," which is 30% sand, 55% clay and 15% limestone. .
VITICULTURE
Hand-harvested around in the first or second week of October. Practicing organic.
VINIFICATION
Fermented in stainless steel for about twenty days with periodic punching down of the cap.
AGING
Aged for 18 months in Slavonian botti grandi followed by three months in stainless steel and then 14 months in the bottle before release.

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Nebbiolo

  • Vintage

    2019

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Style

    Earthy , Elegant , Tannic

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Full Bodied

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