What We Say 2005 'Badarina' Barolo DOCG
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Mission Codename: Barolo Bada-BING!
Operative: Agent White
Objective: Secure an exceptional single vineyard Barolo worthy of our operatives’ tables and cellars
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Reverdito Michele
Wine Subject: 2001 Barolo ‘Badarina’ DOCG
Winemaker: Michele Reverdito
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.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Dark and deep ruby with orange and brick hues along the edges and a dark clear core. Slow fat legs ring the glass that are followed by fat tears that hang for an extended time before slowly descending to the wine below.
Smell – This wine has a redolent nose that hits you immediately upon pulling the cork. Aromas of smokey and tangy blackberry and raspberry fruit are layered over floral violets, earth, zesty Italian tar, and cedar Highly complex, aromas of fresh white pepper and tobacco reveals themselves as the wine opens up.
Feel – Full-bodied, bold and dry, with firm highly textured, almost powdered, grippy tannins (softens as it breathes) that coats the far reaches of the palate. Exceptional acidity and a solid spiciness lingers long into the finish.
Taste – Serious and exacting, this bold wine balances its complex spice, floral and cedar over restrained tangy and tart red and black fruit. Zesty tar, tobacco, earth and a tiny hint of licorice emerge and linger framing the fruit perfectly.
Finish – Extremely long with blackberry, raspberry and sour cherry dance over the palate as this wine’s textured tannins linger with slowly fading white pepper spice.
Conclusion – This single vineyard Barolo is a classic old-world wine that is both focused and restrained. This wine’s grippy textured tannins hold on tight and don’t let go. The epitome of Barolo is its bold power. 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. Cin Cin!
Below is a recap of the mission when we first discovered Reverdito Michele.
After last week’s dangerous mission I needed to get back on a firm footing, plus we still hadn’t located Agent Baco Noir. We had lost contact with her in Tuscany, but my gut told me to head back to the Piedmont to pick up her trail.
And why not, anyone who follows our missions knows her (and mine also) love for the wines of Northwest Italy. In particular, Barolo, which is, in my humble opinion, in my top three of all Italian wine styles (before you jump all over me, the others are Amarone della Valpolicella and Brunello di Montalcino).
Unfortunately, may of the greatest of these wines are either inaccessible or drunk too young. I’m as impatient as the next wino, but if you can wait, you’ll be handsomely rewarded.
I made my way to Alba, an old medieval town, south of Torino, made famous for its White Truffle Festival, held each October, and of course Rocher Ferrero chocolate! I always love exploring the back roads in Italian villages. I stumbled into a small cafe/wine bar in the Piazza del Duomo, initially planning to simply enjoy a coffee, but to my surprise, at an adjacent table, was the young and dynamic Michele Reverdito, owner and winemaker of Azienda Agricola Reverdito Michele.
I immediately recognized him since we have featured one of his exceptional Barbarescos earlier in the year. Michele invited me to his table, and asked if I would like a glass of wine.
“Coffee is fine for now, its been a long day travelling”, I responded.
“Are you sure?, I have a bottle of my 2001 Barolo Bricci Cogni, I think you should try it…”
“In that case, why not!”, I responded, thinking to myself, who? in their right mind, would decline a taste of a single vineyard Barolo, especially from such an exceptional winemaker?
The look on my face must have been a total give away, I was immediately transported. There is just something about enjoying a great wine, with great food, in a great little Italian piazza, its just quite simply heaven. In a word, this wine is magnificent!
I guess my search for Baco would just have to wait…
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Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The location of the approximate location of Reverdito Michele’s vineyard can be seen in this satellite photo.
What the Winery Says
About This Wine:
Coming from the registered vineyard of ‘Badarina’ in the commune of Serralunga D’Alba, producing some of the most structured & long aging Barolos.
The color is deep ruby red, with slight brick hues, typical of Nebbiolo. The nose is intense, complex, blackberry, raspberry, violets, earth and licorice. On the palate it is opulent and austere, as it should be, rich & structured with big tannins and a very long finish.
A great Barolo to age or drink now with hearty meat dishes, typical of the Langhe area in Piemonte. Braised meats and roasted game.
About This Winery:
In 1999 Michele, with the help of his father, Silvano, began transforming the farm/company, which back then was predominantly zootechnics, into viticulture. The cellar was set up in 2000, the first year of wine-making. To the old vineyards in Rivalti di La Morra, precisely on the Bricco Cogni, in the locale of Formica e Butti, some others were added, for a total of 20 hectares with grapes growing on them) hectares. Currently, the company works 40 hectares scattered around the areas of La Morra, Verduno and Serralunga d’Alba, of which 20 are vineyards. Michele Reverdito, the current owner of the business, is personally involved in all operations in the cellar helped by his sister Sabina, and in the vineyard, he is assisted by his parents, Silvano and Maria.
We are a little family cellar near La Morra, in a little hamlet called Rivalta. Our vineyards, especially composed by Nebbiolo da Barolo, are altogether 20 ha in the are of La Morra and Serralunga d’Alba.
Michele, owner of the farm, mainly works in the cellar helped by his sister Sabina; the jobs outside in the vineyards, instead, are followed by his parents Silvano and Maria.
Michele, took over the responsibility of the family domain and devotes himself to producing well-balanced and elegant wines in the purest Piedmont tradition. The production does not exceed 3,000 bottles per cuvée and this young producer is quite promising. His wines are definitely worth discovering.
The 2000 has been the first year of vinification.
The wines we produce and sell are traditional reds:
- Barbera d’Alba DOC
- Dolcetto d’Alba Superiore DOC
- Verduno Pelaverga DOC
- Langhe Nebbiolo DOC
- Barolo DOCG
About The Region:
One often associates this region with its greatest wines, Barolo and Barbaresco. However, these two famous wines only appeared during the second half of the 19th Century. Piedmont is home to a large number of very old vineyards. Thanks to the Alps in the North-West, the climate is very good for vineyards, especially in the hills of the southern half, in the provinces of Cuneo, Asti, Alba and Dogliani in the Langhe and in Montferrat.
Varietals: 100% Nebbiolo
Designation: Barolo DOCG
Size of Vineyard: 4.6 acres
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Malolactic Fermentation: 100%
Cooperage: Stainless steel then large oak barrels
Length of Aging: 4 years
Fining/Filtration: No Fining / Filtered
Residual Sugar: 1.68
Total Acidity (TA): 5.4