What We Say 2005 Barolo San Lorenzo DOCG
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Mission Codename: 140 years and counting…
Operative: Agent White
Objective: Secure an exceptional single vineyard Barolo with an amazing history.
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Fratelli Alessandria
Wine Subject: 2005 Barolo San Lorenzo DOCG
Winemaker: Vittore Alessandria
The greatest of all Italian wines are arguably made with from the Nebbiolo grape. Barolo, from the Piedmont made this grape famous, and for good reason. Most people don’t give Barolo enough time and drink them young, but those patient enough to wait at least 7 – 8 years, and often as much as 20 plus years are handsomely rewarded with a wine that is the ultimate expression of the grape. The most prized bottlings of Barolo are those from an exceptional single vineyard such as today’s from the San Lorenzo.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Dark and deep ruby red and purple with slight orange and brick hues along the edges and a dark clear core. Clusters of slow fat legs ring the glass that are followed by thinner legs hang for an extended time before slowly descending to the wine below.
Smell – This wine has a rich but restrained nose with aromas of tangy ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit are layered over a solid licorice base. Highly complex, add some floral violets, herbal notes, mushroom earth, zesty Italian tar, and toasted oak.
Feel – Full-bodied, bold and dry, with firm but silky textured, almost etched tannins (softens as it breathes) that reaches the far corners of the palate. Exceptional acidity and a solid spice and minerality that lingers long into the finish.
Taste – Old world in character but also bold without apology, this classic wine balances its complex spice and licorice over its plump, tangy and tart black and red fruit. Zesty tar, floral, coffee, earth and a touch of tobacco emerge and linger framing the fruit perfectly.
Finish – Extremely long with tart and tangy wild blackberry, raspberry fade gently as this wine’s textured tannins, spice minerality and acidity linger with slowly fading.
Conclusion – The 2005 Fratelli Alessandria Barolo San Lorenzo DOCG is a classic old-world wine that is both boldly focused and restrained, representing the best of what Barolo is know for. This wine’s silky but textured tannins hold on tight and don’t let go. The epitome of Barolo is its bold elegant power. An exceptional wine that is nowhere near its peak (in fact it was a shame to open it so young). Pair this classic with everything simple buttered tagliatelle noodles and shaved truffles to Osso Buco. If enjoying this wine now, be sure to give it plenty of time or decant, otherwise cellar it for up to ten or more years. Buona sera & cin cin!
WINEMAKER INTEL BRIEFING DOSSIER
SUBJECT: Vittore Alessandria
WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY: Show through the wine the elegance and the balance of my territory: the hills of the Langhe area.
WINEMAKER QUOTE: “Wine is the poetry of the Earth.” (Mario Soldati)
FIRST COMMERCIAL WINE RELEASE: The first Barolo produced by our cellar was a 1870 Barolo!
AGENT WHITE: Greetings, Vittore, We are thrilled to be showing your 2005 Barolo San Lorenzo DOCG today. Thanks so much for taking some time to answer questions for our Operatives today.
VITTORE: I’m excited to be featured today on The Wine Spies, thanks for giving this opportunity.
WHITE: Was there a specific experience in your life that inspired your love of wine?
VITTORE: I born and I lived in a small village: Verduno in the middle of the Barolo area surrounded by Nebbiolo vineyards. For my family making wine it’s a tradition that has gone on for 150 years.
WHITE: What wine or winemaker has most influenced your winemaking style?
VITTORE: All the wines and the winemakers that are able to give emotions, showing the “terroir” of origin and also stimulating the knowledge of this world.
WHITE: Who do you make wine for?
VITTORE: For wine consumers that love wine.
WHITE: Please tell me a little bit about the wine we are featuring today.
VITTORE: San Lorenzo is an important single vineyard/cru in Verduno, our first bottling of San Lorenzo was in 1997 (we waited that the vines was at least 20 years old, before to start to produce San Lorenzo as single vineyard, before it was a vineyard for the regular Barolo). Our Barolo San Lorenzo is a “traditional style” Barolo. We do the same vinification/maceration and the same ageing for all the 3 crus we produce: after a quite long fermentation/maceration of 18-20 days, it was aged for 8 months in Tonneaux (500 liters) and for 2 years in big oak (botti).
WHITE: What is your favorite pairing with today’s wine?
VITTORE: I think that it could be delicious with a stew of veal. But in any case the best pairing is with a good company!!
WHITE: In your opinion, what makes the Langhe and Barolo region so special?
VITTORE: There are many reasons that make the Langhe so lucky: for example the personal relationship between the producer and its vineyards, its casks and its customers. That it’s possible because, generally, in our region the cellars are family owned ! An other very special feature is the beautiful landscape – very charming-!
WHITE: What is occupying your time at the winery these days?
VITTORE: We have just finished the harvest! It seems a good vintage, the grapes were healthy and the potentiality of the musts seem good! Now we have to pay a lot of attention in cellar to try not loose it!!
WHITE: How would you recommend people approach your wines and wine in general?
VITTORE: First of all with the glass! :) Then I think that the best way is going deeper, to the origin, for example visiting the winery, meeting the wine producer and knowing the territory in which the grape is grown, discovering traditions, old recipes and different flavors.
WHITE: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
VITTORE: Verduno is unique: it’s one of the eleven villages where you can produce Barolo and the only one where you can produce Verduno Pelaverga, one of the smallest and most particular DOC of Italy. I would suggest to try it!
WHITE: Thank you so much for your time. We learned a lot about you – and your wine. Keep up the great work, we are big fans!
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The location of the approximate location of Fratelli Alessandria can be seen in this satellite photo.
What the Winery Says
Awards & Accolades:
93 Points – Wine Advocate -
91 Points – Wine Enthusiast – Barolo San Lorenzo has very nice intensity—it’s there, but not in your face. The wine is already starting to show some interesting mineral components that are backed by black fruit, licorice and truffle. Its intensity builds in the glass and although it starts slow, it picks up loads of speed in the mouth. Drink after 2015.
90 Points – Wine Spectator – Blackberry and blueberry on the nose and palate, with hints of mineral and flowers. Full-bodied, with soft, silky tannins and a long, rich finish. Balanced and soft. Best after 2012. 280 cases made. – JS
2 Glasses – Gambero Rosso/Slow Food
About This Wine:
Barolo San Lorenzo is produced from single vineyard grapes grown in the Verduno region. This new wine from Fratelli Alessandria enjoyed instant success, earning the most prestigious “Tre Bicchieri” (Three Glasses) award from the Gambero Rosso in 2002. Barolo San Lorenzo reflects the color of rubies and garnet, with hints of orange. The nose exhibits clean notes of strawberries, violet and coffee, vanilla and almond. Full on the palate, this wine is well structured and light in tannins, resulting in a long, complex finish, contributing to the achievement of the highest honors offered by Gambero Rosso.
Tasting Characteristics: deep garnet-red colour, with brick-red highlights that take on a slightly orange tone over time. Its clear-cut, intense nose has typical overtones of spices, withered roses and underbrush, while its warm, soft taste is full-bodied, velvety, well-balanced and very persistent
Pairings: ideal with big red meat dishes and medium or mature cheeses, it can also make for pleasant after-dinner company.
About The Winery:
The heart of the Fratelli Alessandria estate lies in a simple, stately eighteenth century mansion just outside the old village of Verduno. In the last century, Antonio Alessandria, great-grandfather to the current owner, Giovan Battista, began to build this company dedicated to producing fine wines. Consequently, the Fratelli Alessandria wines show a fine balance between modernity and tradition.
Appelation: Barolo D.O.C.G.
Varietals: 100 % Nebbiolo
Vineyards: San Lorenzo (South, South / East exposure).
Medium Age: 25 years.
Total Area: 0,8 hectares.
Soil: limestone – clayey.
Vinification: Soft pressed in small temperature controlled vats with a maceration for approximately 12 days.
Vineyard: Single vineyard located in the hills of Verduno of the Monvigliero zone. Grapes are hand-picked and thoroughly selected during harvest in October.
Aging: Aged in 25 hectoliter French oak barrels. During the 3rd summer following harvest, the Barolo is then refined in bottle for 6 to 7 months.