This wine is incredible. If you dig Piemonte, and like the idea of a leaner, more every-day stiyled Barolo or Barbaresco - this is THE wine.
The Pelaverga grape is indigenous to Verduno. One of our most eagerly-anticipated releases each year — made in very limited quantities, it sells out almost as soon as the allocation arrives! Juicy notes of strawberry and cranberry, with lip-smacking acidity. Delightful with salumi, egg pastas, risottos, and light meat dishes
*Region: *Piedmont, Italy
*Appellation: *Verduno DOC
*Grapes: *100% Pelaverga Piccolo
*Farming: *Practicing organic
*Age of vines: *Planted between 1973-2004
*Altitude, Aspect & Soil Type: *290 M, SE, Marne di Sant’Agata (sand, clay, limestone)
*Typical Harvest Time: *First week of September
*Maceration & Fermentation: *10 days maceration, controlled low
temperature fermentation in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts
*Aging: *9 months in stainless steel, 3 months in bottle
*Finishing: *no fining or filtering
You might say that there are two schools of Barolo and Barbaresco, 'traditional' and 'modern.' 'Traditional' wines are made with long maceration and aged in larger barrels (made of Eastern European oak) for two years or more; the advantage of this winemaking method is that the combination of long maceration and long aging in large barrels gives an extraordinary complexity and a savory character that can't be created any other way. The disadvantage, especially in the past, is that some producers would use these large barrels for many years and wouldn't look after them very well, which can give the wine off aromas and flavors.
'Modern' wines are typically made using shorter macerations and small French oak barrels, at least partly (and sometimes entirely) new; the advantage of this method is that it creates wines with a glossy, easy-to-like personality that appeals to wine drinkers who are used to similarly-styled wines from Bordeaux and the New World; the disadvantage is that it creates wines that aren't very distinctive, individual or representative of their 'terroir.'
The ideal Barbaresco, then, would be cleanly, traditionally made, and aged in well-maintained larger barrels. Castello di Verduno makes just such wines: great vineyards, talented winemaking, large well-maintained barrels, long macerations, and more than the minimum time in wood. I am delighted to represent these wines.
The Castello di Verduno, owned by Gabriella Burlotto and Franco Bianco, is a beautiful old building at the top of the village of Verduno, on the edge of the Barolo zone. The Castello di Verduno wine label unites two cellars, one under the castle in the Barolo zone and the other near the famous 'cru' Rabajà, in the Barbaresco area. Wines are produced in Barbaresco and bottled and stored in Verduno. All wines are vinified traditionally by Mario Andrion, the talented young enologist who took over the cellar in 2000.
Verduno is one of the least well-known villages in the Barolo zone, but it contains one of the very best vineyards in the whole appellation, Monvigliero. The soil here is called Marne di Sant'Agata, composed of clay and sand with a high proportion of limestone, and the vineyard forms an amphitheater facing south. These qualities give the wine grown here a combination of power and finesse that is the equal of any Barolo, and the fully traditional winemaking technique espoused by Mario and Franco allows the innate quality of this vineyard to fully express itself in wines that are, as Mario says, 'elegant, perfumed and exceptionally long-lived'.