Estate: The Burlotto estate was founded in the mid-1800’s by Giovan Battista Burlotto [called “il Commendatore” by friends and family]. A pioneering winemaker in the region, he was one of the very first in Barolo to sell his wines in bottle [rather than a cask or demijohn]. He was the official provider of wine to the Royal House of Savoy, and put his tiny village of Verduno, in Piedmont, on the map as a region of high quality wines. Following his death in 1927, the estate “faded into obscurity”.
Today, G.B Burlotto’s great-great-grandson Fabio Alessandria has not only revitalized the 15 hectare estate, but has become renowned as an artisanal, traditionalist winemaker. In addition to his stunning Barolo, he is reviving and safeguarding indigenous grapes such as Freisa and Pelaverga. His character driven wines are famous for their purity and elegance.
Winemaking: Organic and low intervention practices are used in both the vineyards and cellar. Hand harvested grapes are from 3 different sites in Verduno: Sut Jort, Lasagne, and Rocche dell’Olmo. Vines are 4-20 years in age, in mostly calcareous limestone soils. Fermented with native yeasts in used French oak, malolactic fermentation in stainless steel, aged for 3 months in wood, followed by 2 months in stainless steel.
Tasting Notes: Transparent ruby in colour, with aromas of strawberry, raspberry, mint, violets. Raspberry, red currant, pomegranate, herbs, earth, white pepper are framed by fresh acidity and good tannins. A dash of nutmeg accents red fruit and bitter almond trace on the sleek finish. Vibrant and silky.
100% Pelaverga Piccolo
Verduno Pelaverga DOC
Estate Bottled by Burlotto Marina