Bruna Grimaldi Barolo Badarina 2017  Front Label
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Bruna Grimaldi Barolo Badarina 2017

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750ML / 15% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Badarina is the symbolic vineyard of our family. It is the expression of the power and minerality that characterize the terroir of Serralunga d’Alba. Here, a unique microclimate and terroir require more time for the Nebbiolo to ripe. The resulting wine is a Barolo of extraordinary complexity which is distinguished by the intensity of the aromas and the great structure. Ethereal bouquet, with red fruits, raspberries, herbs, balsamic hints that emerge with aging. Important tannins, freshness and minerality, for a Barolo of energy that improves over time. Food pairing: rich dishes such as mains with meat, game, stew and matured cheese.

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JS 95
James Suckling
Lot of tar, cherry and dried strawberry with some asphalt on the nose. Very typical. Full-bodied with chewy tannins that are focused and real. This has stuffing and power.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
Balsamic aromas of camphor mingle with ripe berries, leather and a whiff of hazelnut. On the full-bodied, concentrated palate, velvety tannins envelope dried cherry, licorice, coffee bean and the warmth of evident alcohol.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A release of 6,000 bottles, the Bruna Grimaldi 2017 Barolo Badarina is open-knit and softly layered in manner we don't usually see with the Nebbiolo grape. This is, of course, due to the vintage heat and drought that resulted in a shorter growing season. The longer the season, the greater the complexity, and it goes to follow that the 2017s are less complex compared to a cooler vintage. This wine is also characterized by crushed flowers and wild rose. Winemaking saw 30 days of maceration with submerged cap, malolactic fermentation in cement vats and aging in large oak casks for 30 months. All these steps have preserved the basic flavor freshness of the wine. This wine will be released in July.
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Growing grapes and crafting high quality wines have always been Bruna Grimaldi’s family tradition. Born and raised in the hills that link Grinzane Cavour to Serralunga d’Alba, in the heart of Langhe, Unesco World Heritage, Bruna Grimaldi is a small family-owned winery that since the early 60s produce authentic and terroir-driven wines. Careful work in the vineyard, commitment in the winery, respect for the environment are key aspects of Bruna Grimaldi’s philosophy: a passion for wine that has been handed down for decades in Langhe region where the best plots are selected for the production of Barolo. This history talks about the territory, in full respect of the tradition.

The estate farms organically 14ha (34 acres) of vineyards in the Barolo region and in the neighbouring villages. Bruna and her husband Franco have been recently joined by their son Simone, enologist, and Martina, who both proudly represent the fourth generation and whose aim is to continue the family tradition of producing soulful wines.

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The center of the production of the world’s most exclusive and age-worthy red wines made from Nebbiolo, the Barolo wine region includes five core townships: La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, Serralunga d’Alba, Castiglione Falletto and the Barolo village itself, as well as a few outlying villages. The landscape of Barolo, characterized by prominent and castle-topped hills, is full of history and romance centered on the Nebbiolo grape. Its wines, with the signature “tar and roses” aromas, have a deceptively light garnet color but full presence on the palate and plenty of tannins and acidity. In a well-made Barolo wine, one can expect to find complexity and good evolution with notes of, for example, strawberry, cherry, plum, leather, truffle, anise, fresh and dried herbs, tobacco and violets.

There are two predominant soil types here, which distinguish Barolo from the lesser surrounding areas. Compact and fertile Tortonian sandy marls define the vineyards farthest west and at higher elevations. Typically the Barolo wines coming from this side, from La Morra and Barolo, can be approachable relatively early on in their evolution and represent the “feminine” side of Barolo, often closer in style to Barbaresco with elegant perfume and fresh fruit.

On the eastern side of the Barolo wine region, Helvetian soils of compressed sandstone and chalks are less fertile, producing wines with intense body, power and structured tannins. This more “masculine” style comes from Monforte d’Alba and Serralunga d’Alba. The township of Castiglione Falletto covers a spine with both soil types.

The best Barolo wines need 10-15 years before they are ready to drink, and can further age for several decades.

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Responsible for some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world, Nebbiolo, named for the ubiquitous autumnal fog (called nebbia in Italian), is the star variety of northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Grown throughout the area, as well as in the neighboring Valle d’Aosta and Valtellina, it reaches its highest potential in the Piedmontese villages of Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero. Outside of Italy, growers are still very much in the experimentation stage but some success has been achieved in parts of California. Somm Secret—If you’re new to Nebbiolo, start with a charming, wallet-friendly, early-drinking Langhe Nebbiolo or Nebbiolo d'Alba.

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