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.
The Verduno Pelaverga DOC is one of the smallest DOC regions in all of Italy. Currently, there are just over 10 winemakers and only 18 hectares of vines dedicated to the cultivation of the rare Pelaverga grape.
Winemaking: The estate is organic but not certified. Striving to be as natural as possible minimal intervention is observed in both the vineyards and cellar. The high elevation of the vineyards along with the cool climate “provides for wines of finesse, bright acidity and soaring aromatics”.
Tasting Notes: Bright transparent ruby in colour with aromas of strawberries and warm summer earth. Fresh strawberry and raspberry glide atop an herbaceous streak, spicy pink peppercorn highlights the earthy, dry finish. Friendly, engaging and easy drinking, this is fantastic on its own and versatile at the table.
Verduno Pelaverga DOC
Bottled by Burlotto Marina
$17 [average price]