Estate: The Fenocchio family has been producing wine from their land in the heart of the Bussia in Monforte d’Alba since 1894. In 1964, Giacomo Fenocchio took over for the estate with the goal of crafting the finest wines in Barolo, so he purchased prime parcels in some of the best crus in the Langhe. Today, Giacomo’s son Claudio heads the estate and continues his father’s tradition of crafting character driven wines. Considered as one of the next stars in Barolo, Claudio’s is known for his minimalist, non-internationalist approach. He makes 11 different wines from 14 hectares of vineyards. His wines are renowned for their “level of terroir clarity that is only found in the top echelon of producers”.
Winemaking: Following agricultural practices passed on for 5 generations, the estate is both organic and sustainable. Castellero is a single vineyard, cru wine known for expressing the power and elegance of Nebbiolo. The vineyard was leased by Bruno Giacosa for his red label Barolo until the late 1990’s, at which point it became under the care of the Fenocchio family. The vineyard is located between Bussia and Cannubi, with marl, tuff and a prominent presence of sand, making the soil always dry. 70% of vines are 45 years old, 30% are 10-12 years old. Fermented with natural yeasts, 40 days of maceration, aged 6 months in stainless steel tanks, followed by 30 months in large Slavonian oak casks.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of baked cherry and strawberry, licorice, caramel, tarry earth and rose. Cherry, strawberry, rose petal, black pepper, grilled herbs and a trace of sandalwood are wrapped in silky tannins. Tart cherry, chocolate, baking spice and tarry earth linger on the plush finish. Very fruity, yet with developed spice and savory notes, a fantastic Barolo to enjoy now or cellar.
Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Red meat, game and aged cheese. Also, with many rich international dishes.
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Giacomo Fenocchio S.S.
Enjoy now thru 2030
Rated 93 points by Wine Enthusiast