Estate: Founded in the mid-1800’s by pioneering winemaker Giovan Battista Burlotto [called “il Commendatore” by friends and family], 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 selected from “the oldest and finest” vineyards in Verduno; Roddi, Neirane, and Castagna. Fermented in French oak barrels, malolactic fermentation in 500L Allier oak barrels, followed by 10-12 months ageing in barrel. ‘Aves’ is made only in the best vintages.
Tasting Notes: Black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, bramble, earth, black pepper, good acidity glide across a backbone of fine-grain, robust tannins. Fig, blueberry infuse the spicy finish. Silky, well balanced, dapper.
Barbera d’Alba DOC
Bottled by Burlotto Marina