2006 Barolo 'Monvigliero' DOCG
Nebbiolo •Barolo DOCG
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Mission Codename: Most prestigious of crus
Operative: Agent White
Objective: Secure an exceptional single vineyard Barolo with an amazing history.
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Fratelli Alessandria
Wine Subject: 2006 Barolo ‘Monvigliero’ 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 ten 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 Monvigliero in Verduno.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Deep and dark ruby red with very slight brick hues along the edges and a dark clear core. Clusters of slow medium legs ring the glass that are followed by thinner legs hang for an before slowly descending to the wine below.
Smell – This wine has a rich and initially hot nose that really opens after decanting (an absolute must with this wine) with aromas of ripe plum and cherry tangy along with other red and black berries are layered over delicious herbal including rosemary and anise laced base. Highly complex, add some floral violets, mint, dusty earth, zesty Italian tar, and toasted oak and you are starting to get the idea.
Feel – Full-bodied, dry and boldly, with firm but silky textured, almost dusty and etched tannins (softens as it breathes) that reaches the far corners of the palate. Exceptional lively acidity and a minerality that lingers long into the finish.
Taste – Much more austere on the palate but immensely complex, but give this wine time to open up and reveal its classic old world in character. Balanced and its complex herbal and anise over its plump, tangy and tart red fruit including tangy cherry, raspberry and even strawberry. Zesty tar, floral violets, coffee, dusty earth and a touch of cigar box emerge and linger framing the fruit perfectly. As this wine opens, after several hours, the flavors integrate and reveal themselves.
Finish – Extremely long with tart and tangy cherry, raspberry, plum and strawberry fruit fade gently as this wine’s textured tannins, dusty minerality and acidity linger with slowly fading.
Conclusion – The 2006 Fratelli Alessandria Barolo ‘Monvigliero’ DOCG is quite simply a delicious classic old-world wine that is both densely focused but also restrained, representing the best of what Barolo is know for. This wine’s etched and textured tannins hold on tight and don’t let go. The epitome of Barolo is its bold elegant power. An exceptional wine that is perhaps five years from getting close to its peak. 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 (open several hours before) or decant, otherwise cellar it for up to ten to fifteen and save it for a special occasion. Buona sera & cin cin!
We were unable to secure an interview for today’s wine, so here is a transcript of our previous interview when we featured Alessandria’s fantastic 2005 Barolo San Lorenzo.
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:
Tre Bicchiere – Gambero Rosso
94 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – “The 2006 Barolo Monvigliero offers up freshly cut flowers, red berries and mint in a rich syle that brilliantly reconciles a generous expression of fruit with a firm, classic sense of structure. There is so much to admire in the Monvigliero today, but readers should really set aside a few bottles in the deepest corner of their cellars. The elegance and pedigree are first-rate. This is another fabuous wine from Alessandria. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. This is a knock-out set of new releases from Fratelli Alessandria, one of Piedmont’s up and coming producers.” Antonio Galloni – Dec. 2010
93 Points – Wine Enthusiast – “Fratelli Alessandria’s flagship Barolo opens with pretty spice nuances followed by cherry, blueberry and loads of buoyant fruit. This is a happy, cheerful wine with a vertical lift and tonic notes of eucalyptus and root beer. The tannins are drying and fine. Drink after 2018.”
91 Points – Wine Spectator – “A saline, mineral current underlies the cherry, tar and tobacco flavors in this firm, sinewy red which is concentrated, intense and long, despite its austerity. Be patient. Best from 2014 through 2030. 500 cases made.”
About This Wine:
Monvigliero hill is known as the most prestigious single vineyard in Verduno town and is definitely one of the most symbolic of Barolo country. Our vineyard has over 30 years of age, at an altitude of about 320 meters and faces south. The wine from Monvigliero is austere and complex.
In the heart of the Fratelli Alessandria estate lies 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, Giovanni Battista, began to build this company dedicated to producing fine wines. As a result, the Fratelli Alessandria wines show a fine balance between modernity and tradition.
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 DOCG Gramolere
Varietals: 100 % Nebbiolo
Harvest: Grapes are hand-picked and thoroughly selected during harvest in October
Vinification: Soft pressed in small temperature controlled vats with a maceration for approximately 12 days.
Vineyard: Located in the hills of the Monvigliero zone in the commune of Verduno.
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.