2013 Michele Chiarlo Tortoniano Barolo
Michele Chiarlo graduated from enology school in 1956 and followed seven generations of wine growers into the business. When he started, the wines of Piemonte rarely left the area, but in the 60's he was a part of the movement to improve the wines of the region and export them to the rest of Europe and the US.
Today son's Stefano and Alberto are heavily involved in the wholly owned family business. They have been at the forefront to earn DOCG recognition for Barolo as well as revolutionizing winemaking.
Tortoniano is named for the tortonian-era soils in which the vines are planted, which contain a high percentage of magnesium and manganese. Grape clusters are thinned and harvested up to 15 days later than usual so that the fruit attains higher concentration. Temperatures are strictly controlled during vinification and the wine is aged for two years in large oak casks and one year in bottle before release. The wine shows layered aromas of rose petals, juniper berries and fine spices. On the palate the acidity is balanced and the tannins are silky, leading to a long finish.
Wine Enthusiast, 93 points
Lovely scents of rose, violet, perfumed berry, cake spice and a whisper of menthol lead the way on this fragrant red. Savory and precise, the linear luminous palate doles out crushed raspberry, juicy Marasca cherry, licorice and clove. It's well balanced, with fresh acidity and polished tannins. Drink 2020–2028.
Italy, Piedmont, Barolo DOCG
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