Prunotto 2017 Barolo DOCG

Delicately perfumed yet persistent on the palate. A great example of a Barolo from the Antinori-owned Prunotto.

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Complex nose with floral notes and forest fruits. Delicately perfumed yet persistent on the palate. A great example of a Barolo. Grapes come from vineyards in the areas of Monforte, Serralunga and Castiglione Falletto. Soils are rich in chalky clay with traces of magnesium and manganese. The wine has been aged for 18th months in French oak barrels. Drinking well now but could be kept for several years. "Prunotto’s Barolo is garnet red in color. The nose is complex and generous with pleasing aromas of rose petals, red fruit and spicy notes. The palate is full, well-balanced with velvety tannins."

Alfredo Prunotto founded his business in 1922, and was one of Piemonte’s most dynamic exporters until his retirement in 1956. The company passed then to Prunotto’s friend Beppe Colla, now a revered winemaker and one of the founding fathers of modern Piemonte. His defining moment was the decision in 1961 to bottle single-vineyard, or cru, wines from the finest sites – a practice that is now the norm in the region. Those wines were made from bought-in grapes, but in the 1990s the current owners, the Antinoris of Tuscany, extended the Prunotto holdings, including plots in the outstanding Bric Turot and Bussia vineyards. The quality of the top wines goes without saying, but the rest of the range is made with equal aplomb. The style is modern without being exaggerated: freshness of aroma and approachability of structure are viewed as positives, but copious new oak is not. Indeed, the only wines that see the inside of a brand new barrique are the outstanding single vineyard Barberas.

The 2017 growing season in the Barolo area will be remembered for hot temperatures and minimal precipitation. Winter was mild with limited snowfall, while the first half of spring was defined by occasional rain showers and temperatures above seasonal averages causing early vine development. A sudden drop in temperatures was registered at the end of April with several frost events, however the vineyards that produce Barolo were not affected. A lengthy period of beautiful weather began in the month of May and continued culminating in a summer season with very high temperatures. Several isolated rain showers in the month of August provided generous groundwater reserves, essential for completion of the vines’ vegetative cycle. As of the first week of September, temperatures dropped considerably with significant temperature swings between day and night. In general, this vintage produced lower yields but the grapes were of excellent quality. Harvesting began on September 18th and was completed on September 26th.

The grapes for this Barolo were carefully selected, destemmed and crushed. Maceration on the skins lasted for approximately 8 days at a maximum temperature of 30° C (86° F). Malolactic fermentation was completed before the end of winter. The wine was aged for at least 18 months in oak barrels of varying capacities, allowing this Barolo to develop great balance.

Prunotto 2017 Barolo DOCG
Prunotto 2017 Barolo DOCG
  • Italy
  • Nebbiolo
  • 2017
  • Prunotto
  • 14%
  • Standard - 75cl
  • Cork

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