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0.48 hectare vineyard Nebbiolo Barolo 2016
WINEMAKER / VIGNAIOLO: Lorenzo Olivero
Rules for the production of Barolo MGA and Barolo Docg from the "Consorzio di Tutela Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Dogliani" and Original Italian version, with link to Consorzio. Excerpts from the book “Barolo MGA” av Alessandro Masnaghetti
The Barolo production zone, officially delimited in 1966 with the recognition of DOC (controlled appellation) status, lias reminded unchanged to this day and takes in the territory of 11 different tolvenships: Barolo, Castiglione Fallello and Derralunga d’Alba, entirely within the confines of the appellation, along with Diano d’Alba, Grinzane Cavour, La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, Novello, Roddi’e Verduno, only part of whose territory falls within the appellation boundaries. According to the production rules currently in place, Barolo, as a wine which, since 1980, enjoys a controlled and guaranteed status as an appellation (DOCG), must respect the following parameters:
Grape variety: 100% Nebbiolo.
Maximum production per hectare: 8 metric tons on 54 hectoliters or 7,200 bottles of wine.
Minimum legal ageing: 38 months from the 1st of November of the year after the harvest, 18 of wich in wood barrels. The term “Riserva” can be used on the label when the wine has been cellared for 5 years, calculated once again from the 1st of November of the year after the harvest.
Minimum alcohol content: 13% Vol.
Minimum total acidity: 4.5 grams per liter.
Minimum dry extract: 22 grams per liter. On the label – in addition to the appellation name Barolo and, in certain cases, the specification of “Riserva” status – can appear: The township wich is the source of the grapes (e.g. Barolo del Comune di Barolo – Barolo of the township of Barolo) Menzione Geografica Aggiuntiva (MGA or “cru”) (e.g. Barolo Brunale / see page 24) Vigna (“vineyard”), but only when used along with the name of a MGA (e.g. Barolo Bussia Vigna Colonnello / see page 277) In this last case, the addition of the word “Vigna” is not necessarily an indication of superior quality compared to that of a Barolo which carries solely the MGA indication and this despite the fact that the use of the word “Vigna” obliges the producer to reduce yields by 10% from 8 to 7.2 tons per hectare (from 3.2 to 2.88 tons per acre)
THE TERRITORY The territory of the appellation is crossed by two principal valleys: the first that of Barolo, wider (at least in its initial part) and the second that of Serralunga d'Al- ba and Castiglione Fallctto, more lincar in its shape and constant in its width. Two valleys which are divided in turn by the hillside ridge which joins the town of Castiglione Fallctto to Monfortc d'Alba and are delimited to the east and to the west, respectively, by the ridge of Serralunga d'Alba and the ridge which joins Verduno to Novello, passing through La Mor ra. In all, three ridges almost parallel to one another running from north to south with altitude levels which gradually increase; each of them has two opposing slopes: one east-facing, cooler because its exposures are eastwards, the other, instead, west-facing and consequently warner is last one, to be taken with a certain dose of caution, because, from the point of view of the exposures, the secondary ridges, more or less pronounced and extending perpendicularly to the principal ones, are even more important and give rise, in their turn, to two other slopes: one, the warmest, with southern exposures, the other north-facing, decidedly less suitable to the cultivation of the Nebbiolo grape.
THE SOIL Among the many factors which influence the characteristics of a wine, the soil is undoubtedly the most complex to describe and to fully comprehend, and it is possibly for this reason that it exercises such a fascination on certain wine lovers, who prefer to place their own ego ahead of the wines. Seeking, therefore, to simplify and to reconcile the data of a literature which often supplies viewpoints not always in agrecment with themselves, we can say that the Barolo appellation is part of the "Terliary Pedmont Basin” and is characterized by marly soils, by sandstones, and by sands of various colors and grain size. These soils can then be divided into two large categories: Tortonian-Serravallian, normally identified with Serralunga d'Alba (even if important overlaps are to be found on the Eastern Slopes of Monforte d'Alba), and Torlonian which, instead, takes in the remaining townships with the sole exception of the western side of La Morra and Verduno, which is generally distinguished by decper and more fertile soils, crossed at times by veins of chalk (Messiniano)
Bricco San Pietro
Monforte d’Alba – 44°35’2. 10”N 7°56’50.81”E
Overall surface: 280.09 ha / 938,82
Surface under wines: 39%
Altitude: 250 – 520 m circa
Grape verieties: Nebbiolo (60%), Barbera (13%), Dolcetto (18%), Langhe rosso (6%), Langhe bianco (3%)
Together with Bussia, Bricco san Pietro is the other “giant” of the Western slopes of Monforte d’Alba. A very extended zone, therefore, but without an equivalent quality level of fame and within whose confines very disparate positions have been gathered together, from the step and cool side which faces Corsini to the warmer and more luminous parcels of Settrvie and Manzoni, the wide slopes of Tantesi, and finally the rolling hillsides of Pansoglio, Cucchi and Viglioni. In exchange, Bricco San Pietro is the area of Monforte d’Alba which has the most new activity in terms of vineyards and cellar, to the point that the number of labels, up until now rather limited in relation to the overall acreage, will be larger in the future and will assist in reaching more definitive conclusion about the true level of a zone little explorer up until now. And, in terms of quality, the true flagship wine of this MGA is the Barolo Vigna d’la Roul of Rocche dei Manzoni, Cucchi, and Viglioni.
Exposure: from southeast to southwest passing through south, in the better exposed pols: from west to northwest and from east to northeast in the remaining parts.
Labels: Barolo Bricco San Pietro – Anna Maria Abbona (first vintage 2015): Barolo – Aldo Clerico: Barolo – Giuseppe e Elio Manzone: Barolo Vigna d’Vai (Riserva 10 Anni as well) – Diego Marengo Ca’ Bursà; Barolo Bricco San Pietro – Poedere Rugeri Corsini; Barolo Bricco San Pietro Vigna d’la Roul – Rocche dei Manzoni: Barolo Sòl – Scalella: Barolo Bricco San Pietro – Vietto.