Vietti Barolo – Brunate 2013 – Organic
Located in the heart of the Langhe hills, at the top of the village of Castiglione Falletto, the Vietti wine cellar was founded in the late 1800’s by Carlo Vietti. The estate has gradually grown over the course of time, and today the vineyards include some of the most highly-prized terroirs within the Barolo winegrowing area.
Although they have been making wine for four generations, the turning point came in the 1960’s when Luciana Vietti married winemaker and art connoisseur Alfredo Currado, whose intuitions – from the production of one of the first Barolo crus (Rocche di Castiglione – 1961), through the single-varietal vinification of Arneis (1967) to the invention of Artist Labels (1974) – made him both symbol and architect of some of the most significant revolutions of the time. His intellectual, professional and prospective legacy was taken up by Luca Currado Vietti (Luciana and Alfredo’s son) and his wife Elena, who have contributed to the success of the Vietti brand – universally recognized today as being one of the very finest Italian wine labels – by continuing along the path of the pursuit of quality, considered experimentation and working for expansion and consolidation internationally.
In 2016 the historic winery was acquired by Krause Holdings, enabling Luca and Elena, always at the head of Vietti brand, to add a number of prized crus to the estate’s holdings, and be able as a result to look to a future with new, stimulating prospects, all while maintaining the family approach for which the cellar has always been known.
The grapes are selected from the historical cru Brunate, located in La Morra, on the south side towards Barolo, with 4,600 plants per hectare. The average age of the vines is 50 years old, the soil is a mix of limestone and clay. Grapes are gently crushed and fermented for 3 weeks in stainless steel tank with skin contact. This time includes pre- and post- fermentative maceration with the traditional method of submerged cap. Malolactic is done in barriques.
Aged for six months in old French oak barrels, followed by an additional 24 months in large Slavonian oak casks, these are then married in stainless steel tanks and kept there until the bottling and left unfiltered to bear all the wonders of this gifted parcel of land. Tasting of Brunate this rare Barolo is well suited to red meats, roasts, and naturally wild game.
Intense ruby red. Dry, with generous body, harmoniously balanced, and velvety texture. Classic, ripe red-fruit, long finish, rich, and very elegant. Spices, violet, plums, and intense tar, very typical for the Brunate vineyard.
96 points Vinous Vietti’s 2013 Barolo Brunate is one of the most reticent, powerful and explosive wines in the range. Huge beams of tannin give the wine its energy and overall shape. Readers will have to be especially patient with the 2013, as it is built for the long haul. As…in the very long haul. The gravitas and overall muscularity of Brunate is quite evident, but the wine remains raw, powerful, and in need of significant bottle age. Today, the tannins are searing, which adds to the wine’s brooding personality. This is the first vintage that includes old-vine fruit that used to go to Oberto and Marengo from a parcel Vietti acquired a few years ago.
95 Wine Spectator Pure cherry, strawberry, and floral flavors, plus flashes of eucalyptus and wild herb, mark this supple, bright red. Firms up toward the finish yet remains balanced, refined and long, with a lingering aftertaste of cherry, tobacco and mineral. Best from 2021 through 2038.
Please consider aging this wine for another 5-15 years.