2019 Vietti Castiglione Barolo, Piemonte, Italy – WA 95, WS 92

2019 Vietti Castiglione Barolo, Piemonte, Italy – WA 95, WS 92

$69.95

Description

The “Castiglione” Barolo is the winery’s take on Barolo classico. The grapes come from small yet significant vineyards in the various municipalities of Barolo, and the vines are between 10 and 45 years old. The soil is rich in limestone and clay, the Guyot training system is used, and the average density per hectare is 4500 plants.

Each individual cru is vinified and aged separately and in different ways to bring out the characteristics of each “terroir”. The grapes are harvested by hand in October. After gentle pressing, the juice fermented for around three to four weeks in a steel tank, in contact with the skins. This period included pre- and post-ferment maceration, involving the traditional submerged-cap method. Malolactic fermentation takes place in wood.

Matured about 30 months in large barrels and, for a small portion, barriques. Each cru is vinified separately and assembled before bottling.

Red color with medium intensity. The nose is explosive, opulent, seductive and striking. Notes of plum, red, ripe black and sour cherries, blackberry, rose petal, and tobacco emerge. On the palate, the flavour is classic, rich and potent, with notes of alpine herbs and a leathery finish. The tannins are well-integrated.

“This is the most accessible Barolo from Vietti and the wine that casts the biggest net in terms of fruit sourcing from across many MGA sites. The 2019 Barolo Castiglione is a layered and generous wine that reflects the main takeaways offered by this very successful vintage. In fact, because this wine is not from a single site, it speaks more to the quality of the vintage than it does to any one specific vineyard. The Castiglione reveals generous richness and concentrated cherry fruit with dark saturation and good structure that comes from the thicker skins developed on Nebbiolo grapes this year. It concludes with a salty mineral note that adds focus and elegance. 2024-2045” – 95 points

“A fruity style, featuring cherry, raspberry, violet and mineral flavors. Shows finesse, along with fine harmony, length and a chalky feel on the fresh finish. Best from 2025 through 2040. 8,346 cases made, 1,800 cases imported.” – 92 points, Wine Spectator