Estate: The Fenocchio family has been producing wine in the heart of the Bussia in Monforte d’Alba since 1894. In 1964, Giacomo Fenocchio purchased prime parcels in some of the best crus in the Langhe, with the goal of crafting the finest wines in Barolo. 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 praised for their “level of terroir clarity that is only found in the top echelon of producers”. Following agricultural practices passed on for 5 generations, the estate is both organic and sustainable.
Winemaking: Grapes are from 30 year old vines in clay and calcareous sedimentary soil, rich in iron in Bussia, one of the most renowned MGA [cru] in Barolo. Natural fermentation with native yeasts in stainless steel tanks. “Ancient technique of splinting or submerging the cap until 90 days. This process allows for an elegant transfer of the wine as it retains some of the noble elements found in the skins.” Aged 6 months in stainless steel tanks, followed by 4 years in large Slavonian oak casks (35-50 hl).
Tasting Notes: A velvety fusion of strawberry, cherry, rose, tarry earth, black pepper, tobacco and a hint of licorice draped over a frame of firm, silky tannins and fresh acidity. Black currant, iron-earth minerality and a wisp of eucalyptus linger on the spicy finish. Elegant, genteel and plush.
[Paired with tajarin with tartufo bianco.]
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Giacomo Fenocchio
€100 [Purchased in a restaurant in Italy.]