Giacomo Grimaldi Barolo Sotto Castello 2005

Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy

$50.00 $34.49
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Item No. 107009
  • red wine
  • WS94
  • WE93
  • RP92
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Winemaker's Notes

After hand harvest of the nebbiolo grapes from the Sotto il Castello Vineyards in Novello, the grapes undergo 5–7 days of maceration in temperature controlled horizontal rotofermenters. The malolactic fermentation follows in barrique. The wine then ages for 22–24 months in French barriques (50–60% new the rest are second or third use). After blending, the wine sits for 8 months in stainless steel tanks before bottling.

A ripe wine with generous flavors of blueberries, spices, violets and toasted oak. This well-structured Barolo has elegant tannins with considerable depth and an overall harmonic finish.

Critical Acclaim

"Lovely sweet berry and ripe raspberry aromas have a floral undertone. Full-bodied, with gorgeous fruit, supervelvety tannins and a long, long finish. Best after 2012"
94 Points

"This expression of Nebbiolo offers elegant layers of berry, smoke, spice and cola that build in intensity and persistency over the palate. This is a cellarworthy wine that will drink best five to 10 years from now. When it’s ready, pair it with braised lamb with aromatic herbs. "
93 Points

"Grimaldi's 2005 Barolo Sotto Castello di Novello sparkles on the palate with gorgeous ripe dark fruit. This is an especially striking, vibrant Barolo, especially in the way the fruit carries through all the way to the long, refined finish. To be sure, the style is still on the modern side, but there is quite a bit more Nebbiolo character than in the past, and on the whole the wine displays exceptional balance in a style that is a touch more taut and focused then the Le Coste. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020"
92 Points

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Nice, fruity, kind of light like pinot. Overall pretty good
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Giacomo Grimaldi, was founded in 1930 by Ernesto Grimaldi. In 1983 the winery was inherited by Giacomo, who sold the greatest part of his grapes in bulk, while keeping only a small part to be bottled for sale to a mostly local clientele. In 1996 Ferruccio Grimaldi, Giacomo's son decided to continue the family wine business. Animated by a great passion, Ferruccio started to...

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Learn About Piedmont

(PEED-mont) Piedmont is located in the Northwest area of Italy, hugging the Mediterranean coast. The regional capital, Turin, is situated smack in the middle of the province. Being close to the alps, the area enjoys a high altitude, with the best vineyards benefiting from the hills and elevation. Known for its famous sub-districts, Piedmont delivers some of the most...

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Learn About Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo(neh-bee-OH-low) The King of Piedmont Nebbiolo is the key grape in the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. It is not the most planted variety, but it does make the most distinctive and age-worthy wines. Native to Piedmont, Nebbiolo is a bit of a soil snob - it's finicky about where it grows and has long been the honored red grape of Northern Italy...

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