From the Wine Shop
Castello di Verduno, Barolo “Massara” Piedmont, Italy 2015 (750mL)
The structure of this wine might best be described as epic. It aged for about five years, first in large wooden vats, then in bottle, before it was released into the market—and it’s still a baby! That’s the promise of classically styled Barolo in a great vintage, and it doesn’t get more classic than Castello di Verduno. Housed in a 16th-century castle and owned by the Burlotto family since 1909, this winery is way more than an architectural landmark: This is one of the standard-bearers of traditional Barolo, a producer that should be mentioned alongside all-time-greats like Bartolo Mascarello, Giacomo Conterno, and, closer to home, G.B. Burlotto. This village, Verduno, may not be as well-known as its immediate neighbor, La Morra, but it is home to several of the greatest single-vineyard sites in all of Barolo, including the iconic “Monvigliero” and its neighbors, which include the source of today’s blockbuster: “Massara.” We’re talking about a landmark Barolo here, albeit one whose price hasn’t caught up to reality (yet).
If you are unable to wait to pull a cork, give it at least an hour in a decanter to unwind before serving. In the glass, it shows nice color concentration, displaying a deep garnet core moving to a pink rim. The aromas are intense and complex: bing cherry, wild strawberry, cranberry, currant, blood orange peel, leather, dried rose petals, underbrush, sandalwood, underbrush, smoke…the list just goes on and on. It is full-bodied and powerfully structured, ready to tackle the kinds of fatty braises Barolo is built for
- SoilClay, Sand, Limestone
- OakLarge Used Casks
- Temp.Serve at 60-65° F
- GlasswareBurgundy Stem
- Decanting1-2 Hours
- PairingRed Wine-Braised Short Ribs
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