2011 MANZONE GRAMOLERE BAROLOGiovanni Manzone
Producer: Giavanni Manzone
Grape: Nebbiolo 100%
Region: Piedmont, Italy
Zone: Monforte d’Alba, Barolo
Established in 1925 in Monforte d’Alba, Giovanni Manzone has recently been joined by son Mauro and daughter Mirella, both graduates of the Oenology School of Alba. Monforte is renowned for powerful, muscular Barolos but the Manzone’s vineyards at Castelletto and Gramolere are the highest in the zone at around 450 metres, promoting elegance and finesse. There are eight hectares in total, five registered to Barolo – four in Gramolere, including Barolo Bricat which is selected from the oldest vines of the upper portion, and one in Castelletto. Viticulture is organic, with no synthetics ever used and Giovanni began growing grass between the rows, only recently common, in the 1970’s. All the wines are unclarified and unfiltered with minimal amounts of SO2.
All three baroli are made the same way, fermented using natural yeast with about 35 days skin contact, and ageing is carried out half in botti and half in tonneaux, for two years, before both parts are blended. Nothing is rushed here and the baroli are released quite late.
Tasting note: Dark berry, blue flowers, menthol and a balsamic note lead the nose. The structured palate delivers juicy red cherry, oak, cured meat, toast, espresso and licorice alongside assertive but fine-grained tannins. – Kerin O’Keefe
Growing System: Guyot
Soil Composition: calcareous soil
Production: fermented using natural yeast with about 35 days skin contact, and ageing is carried out half in botti and half in tonneaux, for two years, before both parts are blended. Nothing is rushed here and the baroli are released quite late.
Alcohol (%) 13.8%