2017 Michele Chiarlo Barolo 'Tortoniano' Piedmont
Winemaker Notes: Garnet with brilliant luminous hues. Complex nose with notes of rose petals , juniper berries and fine spices. Good structure with a silky texture of tannins which already give a surprising harmony to the juvenile stage of this Barolo. Remarkable elegance and persistence
The 2017 vintage was characterized by a long summer with very little rainfall. In the vineyard, we adopted agronomic practices that allowed us to keep the soil moist the preserve the freshness of the grapes. We have done extraordinary work on the soil to oxygenate the roots; we have not eliminated excess leaves to prevent sunlight from directly hitting on the bunches and avoid sunburn; we have delayed leaf thinning operations in order to not risk damaging the fruits. To maintain elegance, freshness, and to avoid excessive alcohol contect, we brought the harvest forward by about ten days compared to the usual (25 September/2 October). We think that 2017 can be compared to vintages such as 2007 or 2011 in terms of climate and organoleptic characteristics. Harmonious flaviour is present in the early stage thanks tot he combination of soft and silky tannins that are already present in a wine with an important structure but also with complex aromas and excellent longevity.
Pair this wine with fettucini with porcini, Barolo brazed pidgeon, well-matured cheeses.
Wine Enthusiast - " New leather, truffle and camphor aromas mingle with a whiff of wild berries on this earthy red. The ripe, accessible palate doles out fleshy black cherry, crushed raspberry, culinary spice and game alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2022–2027."
Wine Spectator - "A mix of macerated cherry, plum and balsamic notes of mint, wild thyme and eucalyptus highlight this balanced red, with a light viscosity and fine length. Best from 2023 through 2036.."
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