Estate: The birth of Barolo began in 1807, when the Marquis of Barolo, Carlo Tancredi Falletti married Juliette Colbert de Maulévrier, a French noblewoman. Juliette recognized the potential of the land and grape, setting up cellars in the family castle. She brought her Barolo to the rich, royal and famous, achieving international recognition for Barolo and the region. Giulia Falletti, Marquise of Barolo, died childless in 1864. During her life, the Abbona family had cellars next to the Castle of Marquis Falletti. Gradually, they were able to acquire the historical cellars and vineyards of the ancient Falletti estate. Today the 6th generation of the Abbona family heads the 430 acres of prestigious vineyards. The vineyards are farmed organically, certified since 2015.
Winemaking: ‘Del Comune di Barolo’ is a blend of grapes from the historic vineyards in Cannubi, Sarmassa, Coste di Rose, Castellero, Boschetti, Preda, Vignane and Ravera. Hand harvested grapes are destalked and soft-pressed, fermented in stainless steel, skin maceration for 8 days, malolactic fermentation ends in December. Grapes from each MGA [Cru] are vinified and aged separately, they are then combined and aged for 1 year in Slavonian oak casks.
Tasting Notes: Garnet with brick edges in colour, with aromas of cherry, blackberry liqueur, tarry earth, rose petal, clove, rosemary , white pepper and baking spice. Cherry, black cherry crushed black peppercorn, brambly underbrush, and rosemary glide over a backbone of wooly tannins and tangy acidity. Black cherry, tarry earth and a trace of cedar linger on the plush finish. Rustic, strapping and straightforward.
Bottled by Marchesi di Barolo
$61 [average price]