Vietti Barolo Brunate 2009
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
Barolo Brunate is intense ruby red. It is dry, with generous body that is harmoniously balanced and velvety in texture. There are notes of spices, violet, plums and intense tar - very typical for the Brunate vineyard. Plus, classic, ripe red-fruit flavors and a long finish, rich, very elegant finish.
The Wine Advocate - "From one of the region’s most celebrated vineyards, the 2009 Barolo Brunate lavishes on smoky, granite and mineral notes that make this wine absolutely irresistible. Even the drawing of a snail on the label seems to hammer home one obvious point: This wine is built for longer cellar aging. Its rich texture, velvety feel and firm structure are guarantees that it will become increasingly elegant and finessed with time. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030. "
James Suckling - "Wonderful depth of ripe fruit on the nose with a purity and freshness. Full body, with integrated tannins and a caressing mouthfeel. Pretty fruit character. Brunate made excellent wines in 2009. Better in 2015."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "One of the standouts of this challenging vintage, the 2009 Barolo Brunate is sweet, layered and pretty from start to finish. Dark red cherries, menthol, spices and tobacco are all woven together in this gracious, radiant Barolo. Like so many 2009s, Vietti's Brunate is a bit restrained relative to its historical standard, but in the last few months, the wine has begun to blossom nicely, showing more and more Brunate character with time."
International Wine Cellar - "Good deep red. Ineffable, deeply pitched aromas of raspberry, smoke, dried flowers, mocha, mint, menthol and minerals. Then much less forthcoming on the palate, with dark soil-driven flavors of dried fruits dominating. There's a deep sweetness here but the fruit flavors are not yet expressing themselves. Finishes with serious tannins that reach the front teeth. The hot-vintage character is obvious here but this highly concentrated wine avoids coming off as dry.
Range: 93+ Points"
Wine Spectator - "A pretty red, offering delicate floral and red berry aromas, with tobacco and briar notes matched to an elegant frame. The firm tannins mesh well, giving this a balanced impression overall. Best from 2016 through 2027."
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The history of the Vietti winery traces its roots back to the 19th Century. Only at the beginning of the 20th century, however, did the Vietti name become a winery offering its own wines in bottle. Patriarch Mario Vietti, starting from 1919 made the first Vietti wines, selling most of the production in Italy. His most significant achievement was to transform the family farm, engaged in many fields, into a grape-growing and wine-producing business.
Then, in 1952, Alfredo Currado (Luciana Vietti’s husband) continued to produce high quality wines from their own vineyards and purchased grapes. The Vietti winery grew to one of the top-level producers in Piemonte and was one of the first wineries to export its products to the USA market.
Alfredo was one of the first to select and vinify grapes from single vineyards (such as Brunate, Rocche and Villero). This was a radical concept at the time, but today virtually every vintner making Barolo and Barbaresco wines offers "single vineyard" or "cru-designated" wines.
Alfredo is also called the "father of Arneis" as in 1967 he invested a lot of time to rediscover and understand this nearly-lost variety. Today Arneis is the most famous white wine from Roero area, north of Barolo. Setting such a fine example with Arneis, even fellow vintners as far away those on the west coast of the United States now are cultivating and producing Arneis!
With 35 hectares of vineyards, Vietti expects to not only increase production, but having greater control over the vineyards, looks to continually improve from a qualitative perspective. It is poised to excel well into the 21st Century. View all Vietti Wines
About PiedmontView a map of Piedmont wineries (PEED-mont)
Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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