Berry's Barolo, Fratelli Alessandria
Vittore Alessandria and his family remain responsible for this classic Barolo, aged in large Slavonian oak barrels. In 2010 they blended the fruit from four different vineyards located around their sentinel village of Verduno: mainly Campasso and Rocche dell’Olmo, but also from Riva, Pisapola plus the bonus of having fruit from the San Lorenzo vineyard, that Vittore chose not to release in its own right in 2010 – thankfully for us.
The sum of the vineyards in 2010 treats us to a slightly darker wine (compared to the warmer 2009); it’s more composed too, with cooler, crunchier, clove, tamarind, dried-fig and ginger-root notes on the nose.
To taste, it’s full, with generous, fleshy, balsam oil, a sweet kernel of loganberry fruit, even of chestnut and ground nutmeg. The richly complex – but focussed – palate is still getting into its stride, having been bottled in May 2014, so best decanted while still in its youth.
(David Berry Green- Berry Bros)
- Grape: Nebbiolo
- Nose: clove, tamarind, dried-fig and ginger-root
- Palate: A sweet kernel of loganberry fruit, even of chestnut and ground nutmeg
- Medium, full-bodied, dry
- 14% vol
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