Barolo D.O.C.G.

For the Lanzavecchia family Barolo has always represented the union between form and substance in its wines. Nebbiolo reaches its maximum potential in these hills thanks to the special make-up of the soil, limestone marl of sedimentary origin mixed with layers of sand. The position of the vineyards, meticulous care and attention and respect for the various vintages generate a unique product. The style is traditional: lengthy periods on the skins and large barrels make for complexity and body, as is characteristic of Serralunga d’Alba Barolos.

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Vintages

2013/2014

Grape variety

Nebbiolo

 

Production zone and characteristics

The grapes come from vineyards halfway up the hillsides in Serralunga d’Alba, all owned by the Lanzavecchia family, which are south to south-west facing. The training system used is Guyot, at planting densities of around 4500 vines per hectare and yields of around 50 hectolitres. The average age of the vines is 20 years old.

 

Winemaking

Nebbiolo grapes for Barolo are the last to be harvested by hand and are then destemmed and crushed gently. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in controlled temperature stainless steel tanks. The time on the skins varies from 18 to 25 days, depending on vintage. Racking off takes place at the end of the alcoholic fermentation. Once the first fermentation is finished, the temperature of the new wine is made use of for the spontaneous onset of the malolactic fermentation.

 

Ageing

The wine is aged for a total of 38 months, in medium and large sized Slavonian oak barrels for around 18 months, and then the remaining time in fibre-glass, concrete and steel tanks. It is a wine with great ageing potential and loves to rest for long periods in large barrels. It is a tannic wine and its tannins need tempering in wood and constant oenologist attention.

 

Tasting characteristics

A traditional Barolo, it is garnet red with ruby highlights. On the nose it is intense, with over-blown rose, violet and forest undergrowth nuances, cherries in alcohol, liquorice, truffle and tobacco aromas. It is an elegant, balanced wine with a complex palate, considerable body and good acidity. The noble wine par excellence, it continues to evolve for at least 20 years after the harvest.

 

Food pairings

Red meat based, braised dishes and game, aged cheeses. Excellent with the traditional dishes of the Langhe.

 

Serving temperature

20 C°.  It is advisable to open the bottle an hour before serving.

 

Alcohol by volume

13-14.5% Vol.

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