The Barolo of Marchesi di Barolo
Ernesto and Anna Abbona, together with their children Valentina and Davide, carry on a story born of an intuition that has created one of the Piedmont's noblest wine.
Barolo was born and started to be recognized in the first years of XIX century thanks to the beautiful love story of Giulia Colbert and Carlo Tancredi Falletti, the Marquises of Barolo.
In his 'Diario dei Viaggi' Giorgio Gallesio, an illustrious botanist, speaks of it as a prized wine: “The wine of Barolo lasts many years and the Marquis of Barolo stores it in order to send it to the Court of Turin. [...]", providing a perfect description of the spaces where Nebbiolo is vinified and aged: "I visited the cellar of the Marquis of Barolo: it is a large semi-underground with barrel vaults above which lies the tinaia. There were 30 casks, most of them of old wines...".
Therefore the business was already flourishing and the wine was so successful that was known as "King of Wines, Wine of Kings".
Now as then, the historic cellars of Marchesi di Barolo are located among the gentle hills recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014: an orderly succession of vineyards, small villages and scattered farmhouses.
The wine cellar
Since the very beginning, Marchesi di Barolo aimed to combine the uniqueness of Nebbiolo with the extraordinary biodiversity of the soils and microclimates of their estates: "In this village, it is believed that to have the finest wine, it has to be made from pure Nebbiolo". (Giorgio Gallesio).
Today, taking inspiration from its distinguished past and implementing the best agronomic tecniques, Marchesi di Barolo succeeds in combining tradition and innovation by preserving scrupulously the typicality of vines and territories and elevating them in elegant and always modern wines.
Wines and Vineyards
Each vineyard is vinified in its pureness, one at a time. Often the same vineyard is harvested and vinified at different times, according to the ripeness of the grapes and the conditions of each parcel. This kind of harvest, carried out manually, helps to keep the specific identities of every Barolo crus. The following refinements may preserve their peculiarities or, thanks to wise blends, create most classic appellations such as Barolo Tradizione and Barolo del Comune di Barolo.
Barolo DOCG del Comune di Barolo
If Barolo is the most famous and appreciated Piedmontese wine in the world, the wine the best represents the Abbona Family is certainly the Barolo DOCG del Comune di Barolo.
The Additional Geographical Mention (best known as MGA) "del Comune di Barolo" was officially introduced with the amendment of the disciplinary regarding the Barolo production - containing the whole list of the MGAs - at the end of 2010. Therefore, it can be said that the first vintage with the label showing the Additional Geographical Mention was that of 2011, although the specification "del Comune di Barolo" was already used since the 2007 vintage and was on the label with a different graphic form.
The name of the village of Barolo seems to derive from the ancient Celtic term "Bas Reul", namely "low place". In fact, the village is surrounded by higher hills where other villages of the same production area are located. The particular position ensures a special microclimate, sheltering the village from winds and keeping milder temperatures.
Barolo del Comune di Barolo is born as Nebbiolo blend from the family estate’s "Historical Crus". These vineyards are within Barolo, at a very short distance from each other, but extremely different in their expressions due to the biodiversity of the soils.
Nebbiolo is par excellence the eclectic grape extracting many mineral nutrients from the compact clay and limestone soil, which enriches its structure. At the same time, it gains the fragrant and spicy aromas from the loose sand and silt soil. The goal is to obtain the best possible cuvée by synthesizing harmoniously the vintage’s many characteristics, considering the climatic trends and unique Nebbiolo’s personality affected by the microclimate and the quality of the soil of each single vineyard.
The Barolo del Comune di Barolo is first housed in small oak barrels and only later, depending on the vintage, it is blended in increasingly larger barrels and then aged in the traditional big Slavonian oak barrels, making it harmonious and well-balanced, and enhancing the elegance of the bouquet. Before going out to the market, the wine completes its fining in the bottle for a few months and reaches the peak condition when it is 30 years old.
The color is garnet red with ruby reflections. The aroma is intense and persistent with distinct traces of spices, cinnamon, absinth, tobacco and wild rose. The taste is full and elegant, with soft tannins. The spicy note and the hints of wood blend perfectly.
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