martedì 17 giugno 2014

Monforte D'Alba Bussia Dardi

A small vigneron in the center of Monforte make a really interesting barolo for the Dardi Cru in the big Lieu Dit Bussia just below Bussia Soprana; they are the Fantino Brothers Alessandro and Gian Natale.
Ancient vines planted on steep, southeastern slopes in a reasonable environmental friendly farming.
Their cellar is one of the gem in Monforte. A charming house with a cave underneath for fermenting and aging the wine with perfect natural temperature and constant humidity.

Alessandro and Gian Natale working the grapes to show the pureness of the fruit without build any unnecessary third aspect from wood aging; fermentation is taken through vats oak and stainless steel, aging are done in Barrique for a very short time and then aging in the classic big slavonian italian barrel.
We tasted different wines a beautiful Barbera d'Alba from 2010 clear and brilliant in color, lots nice red and blue fruit hints of spice, finesse and elegance with a typical easy drinking attitude.
Two Riserva of Barolo for the Cascina Dardi cru from 2006 and 08; time of aging in the riserva are very long 5 years before release in bottle.
Incredible complex, with different layer of aromatic flavor elegant and finesse are the sublime adjective to describe these wines.
I loved their hospitality and charming personality.
Also from the barrel we had some taste of the 2010 barolo sublime. To finish we had an exceptional glass of the Barolo chinato.
A great thank you to these two heroes of Monforte. 
Mr. Fantino talking with passion 

mercoledì 11 giugno 2014

Barolo tasting

A week in Barolo has been a magnificent experience, the people are warm, friendly and welcoming to show us their gem of product.
We stayed at the Giovanni Canonica place a great vigneron in the center of Barolo, a very cool place to enjoy the town of Barolo.

The first winery we visit was Giuseppe Rinaldi, we had an appointment at 11 am and on the dot we were there. Amazing house with extraordinary view of Le Coste cru 

outside of Rinaldi winery
We were led through the visit by one of the daughters of Mr. Rinaldi, Miss Carlotta a charming girl with lots of knowledge about her land and through the world. She did stage's in many places overseas in the southern hemisphere gaining experience and different points of view.

We taste the current vintage release 2010 and some barrel tasting, was an amazing experience. Rinaldi aging the different parcel in different container "called "tini" in italian"... after the vinification has been done, everything being the different parcel, is blended in the bottle.

2010 is a superb vintage in Barolo and Barbaresco. The Brunate, le Coste 2010 was superbly refined with masculine tannin and finesse in the palate lots of licorice and crushed violet quite balsamic with hints of minerality quite sandy and tuff stone. Palate dry nicely sensation with the tannin sweetness on the palate.

The 3 Tine which is the new name of the Cannubi, San Lorenzo e Ravera thus following the law change in Barolo from 2010 which the producer are not allowed to put more than one cru on the label. Rinaldi came up with this interesting name referring to the style of production because each cru aging in different Tino which is oak vats before blending.

Ruby red with a garnet rim with narrow oily legs, intense nose of fruity and floral aroma, dried mushroom, tobacco and underbrush. Fine mellow tannin and great personality.
The wines from the barrel are almost ready with some time they will be beautiful and charming, they are simply good.
The freisa was superbly nice.
Carlotta taking wine from barrel.
Thanks to Carlotta for the time spent with us, was amazing talking with her.

Rinaldi tasting cellar, my wife amazed by the wine collection.

 In the center of Barolo we also visit the Bartolo Mascarello winery another oldest traditional producer. Here the vinification of the different cru goes in the bottle are assembled directly after the harvest. There isn't a vinification by clos or vineyard separately.

Mascarello concrete tanks.
These concrete tanks vitrified inside are used for maceration only with pumping over juice and going for quite long apparently the 2010 has been one of the longest over 45 days.

We tasted different vintage of wine in Mascarello winery but the one surprise me was the 2010.
Out of control of how good it looks now:
Very vivid, bright ruby red with narrow arches and on the rim a shining orange. Nose intense, penetrating, vinous and fragrant, on the nose plum, banana with appealing hints of sandalwood with violet and licorice. Palate warm, full body very muscular and luscious. Lots of length will age forever. 

Tasting in the cellar Bartolo Mascarello.

The second day we booked the visit of Giovanni Canonica to try his Paiagallo cru next to the famous Cannubi vineyards. A very traditional producer with long maceration on skin.

Giovanni is a simple honest producer with great respect for the land and his wine. Talking with him was a completely unforgettable experience and taste his wine in the morning was a sublime tasting.
We did taste the 2010 in the glass the wine is lovely clear ruby red tending to garnet, with an orange rim. The nose was typical of red flowers (violet and roses), forest fruit, wild cherry and spice with a hint of white pepper, mineral sandy and rocks clay. The tannin filling the mouth with genuine flavor, rustic and elegant. A masterpiece.

The small cellar of Canonica.
Canonica told us he got a new small part of Ginzane Cavour another village for Barolo with old vines, I can't wait to taste this new label.
I really liked also staying at his place very nice room with a great view from the different windows in the small apartment, I recommend 
to everyone to try to book this place for a future holiday in Barolo. 

Old vines

Looking @Paiagallo through Canonica room.