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Michele Chiarlo, ‘Tortoniano’ Barolo 2015, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

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$55.00 USD
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$55.00 USD

A fantastic example of classic Barolo from one of Piedmont's most esteemed producers!

The wine producing firm of Michele Chiarlo was founded in 1956 by the sole and present owners, Michele and Giuseppina Chiarlo. Son of over seven generations of esteemed wine growers, Mr. Chiarlo is today one of the most respected producers of the fine wines of Piedmont and a leading figure in its viticultural industry.  Michele Chiarlo has not abandoned his philosophy. Rigorous selection of the best grapes from only the most reputable growers in the most favored vineyard areas and longer aging in oak and then in bottle prior to release were measures he adopted before the DOC laws. Michele Chiarlo is also credited with being one of the first producers to introduce malolactic fermentation to Italy, thereby achieving wines of greater stability, lower acidity and easier accessibility in their youth.

Tortoniano is named for the tortonian-era soils in which the vines are planted, which contain a high percentage of magnesium and manganese. Grape clusters are thinned and are harvested somewhat later than usual so that the fruit attains higher concentration. Temperatures are strictly controlled during vinification and the wine is aged for two years in large oak casks and one year in bottle before release. About half of the fruit sourced in this bottling comes from the Cerequio vineyard and the rest comes from other parcels, including some plantings in the Novello township. The Cerequio fruit itself comes from 30-year-old vines.

2015 Barolo's tend to be overlooked because of the stellar 2016 vintage, but this wine is a wonderful example of just how gorgeous the 2015's turned out. Violet, rose, ripe berry and minty aromas mingle with earthy whiffs of truffle, leather and game. The delicious, juicy palate doles out fleshy Marasca cherry, crushed black raspberry, licorice and tobacco framed in chewy, fine-grained tannins. A fantastic example of classic Barolo from one of Piedmont's legendary producers.

100% Nebbiolo

* Included in our November Premier Box *