Gianfranco Alessandria, Barolo San Giovanni, 2013

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A small producer who in specializes in San Giovanni, a Cru in Monforte d'Alba that is adjacent to Ravera, in neighboring Novello. He makes sophisticated wines that manage to combine polish with classicism. The 2013 is beautifully smooth and redolent with dark cherries.
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Gianfranco Alessandria

Gianfranco Alessandria (not to be confused with the Alessandrias of Verduno) is a tiny producer working entirely within San Giovanni, one of the hamlets of Monforte. He produces less than two hectares worth of Nebbiolo, so it is actually remarkable that any of his Barolo makes it to the United States.
The wines are elegant, not super-structured blockbusters. They are raised in French oak, but the barrels are almost all used, so they do not provide oaky flavors but merely soften and round out the tannins. The wines end up beautifully smooth, silky and harmonious. They also end up tasting of La Morra, with its intense flavors of cherries and a hint of bittersweet chocolate mint.

Professional Reviews

Wine Enthusiast

WE 88
"This opens with aromas of red plum, toast, coffee and vanilla. The taut palate offers clove, powdered sage and raw sour cherry alongside close-grained tannins that leave a rather astringent finish. Drink after 2021." -Kerin O'Keefe

Details

  • Country

    Italy

  • Region

    Piedmont

  • Grape Variety

    Nebbiolo

  • Vintage

    2013

  • Size

    750ml

  • Pair With

    Drink With Red Meat

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied