Garnet red in color, with orange highlights that become slightly amber with age. Full, dry, austere and rather harsh when very young, this superb Barolo becomes rich and velvety with age, very harmonious and elegant. It exhibits a distinct bouquet of violets or rose petals, with seductively earthy, slightly musky undertones.
|Wine maker notes
|Michele Chiarlo has technologically refined traditional vinification methods to produce a Barolo of greater elegance and accessibility at an earlier age but without sacrifice of structure and dimension. His principal focus, however, is on the inherent quality of the soil, the vineyard site and exposure, and the vine. Cluster thinning and harvesting the grapes an average of 10 to 15 days later than most producers yields fruit higher in sugar and concentration and lower in total acidity. Vinification is carried out under strictly controlled temperatures, and malolactic fermentation is carried out during the spring to further reduce acidity. Barrel aging, the length of time of which is determined according to the wine's intended ranking, is accomplished primarily in Slavonian oak, with selective lots aged in French Allier oak. The wines are then bottle-aged in the Chiarlo cellars under perfectly stable conditions of temperature and humidity.
|GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Nebbiolo
MAXIMUM YIELD: 80 quintals per hectare,
corresponding to 52 hl/ha
(approximately 230 cases/acre)
MINIMUM ALCOHOL: 13%
TOTAL ACIDITY: 5.5% - 7%
AGING REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 1 year in oak and
2 years in bottle