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  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

The Story

Barolo Le Vigne is often a dark and impenetrable wine in its youth. With proper cellaring, this wine reveals more classic Barolo aspects of black cherries, tar, violets and roses. This wine can outlive the Cannubi Boschis bottling in great years: Le Vigne shows more tannins than its brother and possesses amazing freshness and length.

Le Vigne is a wine created from four different Nebbiolo vineyards, each of which brings its own contribution. This union generates an exceptionally complex wine that is round and harmonious on the palate, with fruity and spicy notes, and this approach of blending together plots is in fact the traditional one in Barolo.

 

The first vineyard, Vignane, is situated in the historical part of the Barolo appellation and shares many characteristics with Cannubi but does not possess the latter's aromatic complexity.  The wines show softness and elegance, and a distinct mid-palate mouthfeel that enhances the sense of richness when combined with other, more austere grapes.  The second vineyard, Merli, is located in the Novello part of the appellation, with the Sandrone section in a south-southwest facing bowl that captures the afternoon light perfectly.  The wines made from here are earthy and robust but with good aromatic complexity. The third vineyard, Baudana, is located in Serralunga d'Alba. The 2011 vintage marks the first time that Luciano Sandrone has included fruit from a fourth vineyard, Villero, a 3.7 acre plot in Castiglione Falletto, which they recently acquired via a long-term lease.

 

Each vineyard is vinified separately, and after destemming and light crushing, the must is covered with CO2 for a gentle warm maceration of approximately a day.  Alcoholic fermentation begins about 24-36 hours later from native yeasts.  A gentle maceration takes place in upright open-top steel tanks for the first 9-15 days of alcoholic fermentation.  Immediately after alcoholic fermentation, which takes 28-30 days, malolactic fermentation takes place in 500 liter French oak casks.  The wine is aged in these casks for 24 months, followed by 18 months bottle aging.  Around 1,300 cases are produced in a typical vintage.

 

Ancient art. Le Vigne Barolo interprets the ancient handed-down wisdom and tradition of Langhe and Barolo of assembling the Nebbiolo grapes from various vineyards. We interpret this historic practice by working only with indigenous yeasts and by keeping the grapes of each vineyard separated during the fermentation and wood ageing, rather than combining them during fermentation.

A perfect diagonal. We meticulously selected four vineyards so as to bring out all the characteristics of the Barolo area. The vineyards of Baudana in Serralunga d'Alba, Villero in Castiglione Falletto, Vignane in Barolo and Merli in Novello form a perfect diagonal across the area which encompasses different terrains: light and sandy, more compact and deep, and all at different altitudes and exposures.

Every year is a new discovery.Harvested, vinified and aged separately, only the best lots are mixed together during the assemblage so as to express the uniqueness of the vineyards and enhance the particularities of each vintage.

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Wine Information

The year 2007 began with an unusually mild and dry winter, which led to an extremely early bud-break about 20 days sooner than normal. Summer was in the normal range, with temperatures never above average.

Even and well-distributed rainfall of average quantity during the growing season contributed to the development of the vines. During the month of July, a cooler period slowed the advance of phenological ripening. Despite this, by mid-September the grapes were already close to maturity. The harvest took place between 24 and 30 September.

In summary, it was a normal growing season, just 15-20 days advanced compared to the norm.


Harvest
Each vineyard was harvested individually from the 24th of September to the 7th of October.

Vinification
Each vineyard was vinified separately. After destemming and light crushing, must is "sealed" with CO2 for gentle warm maceration of approximately a day. Alcoholic fermentation begins about 24-36 hours later from native wild yeasts only.
Maceration: Gentle maceration in upright open-top steel tanks for the first 9-15 days of the alcoholic fermentation
Malo-lactic Fermentation: Immediately after alcoholic fermentation in French oak casks with a capacity of 500l.
Alcoholic Fermentation: 28-30 days
Aging: 24 months in French oak tonneaux of 500l, followed by 18 months in bottle.
Blending: Summer 2009
Bottling date: December 2009
Drink from: 2014
Drink to: 2025

Production
Bottles: 15000
Magnums: 600
Double Magnums :60

Analytical parameters
Alcohol content: 14.4%
Total acidity: 5.9 g/l
PH: 3.51
Net extract: 32.5 g/l

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Pale bright ruby. Tar and sweet of roses, aromatic and complex nose. Fresh acidity, high of ripe tannins, fruit driven without being rich or vulgar. Refreshing finish.
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Piedmont, Piedmont

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