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Fratelli Alessandria, Barolo DOCGPiedmont, Italy 2016 (750mL)

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Fratelli Alessandria, Barolo DOCG Piedmont, Italy 2016 (750mL)

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“This is not only an indispensable wine for Barolo aficionados, it’s the perfect wine for newcomers to this region and its sometimes-challenging Nebbiolo grape. It doesn’t get more elegant than Alessandria!”

The Fratelli Alessandria Barolo not only captures the character of the vintage—ripe and generous, but impeccably balanced—but of its home village of Verduno as well. Of the 11 townships that comprise the Barolo DOCG production zone, Verduno may produce the most elegant wines of the bunch, and for me, Alessandria is one of the standard-bearers of the Verduno style—their wines showcase the gentler, more perfumed side of Barolo’s Nebbiolo grape, which has a reputation for being tannic and standoffish in its youth. In the glass, the 2016 is a deep garnet-red with slight hints of orange and pink at the rim. The aromas show off Nebbiolo’s inimitable array of fruity and savory notes: black cherry, red currant, raspberry, blood orange, fennel, leather, dried rose petals, sandalwood, and a truffle-y, forest-floor earthiness. Medium-plus in body, its tannins are perfectly integrated, especially after 30-60 minutes in a decanter—it is spicy and savory, but also refined and drinkable, with a long and aromatic finish. It’s a fairly “forward” vintage, but I wouldn’t hesitate to age it for 10+ years if you’re so inclined—it is floral, complex, and truly spot-on in every way.

  • CountryItaly
  • RegionPiedmont
  • Sub-RegionBarolo DOCG
  • SoilClay & Marl
  • FarmingOrganic
  • BlendNebbiolo
  • Alcohol14.5%
  • OakLarge Slavonian Casks
  • Temp.Serve at 60° F
  • GlasswareBurgundy Stems
  • DrinkingNow-2035
  • Decanting60 Minutes
  • PairingVeal w/ Mushroom/Truffle Sauce

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