Giacomo Grimaldi Barolo Sotto Castello 2005 Front Label
Giacomo Grimaldi Barolo Sotto Castello 2005 Front Label

Giacomo Grimaldi Barolo Sotto Castello 2005

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Winemaker 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

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WS 94
Wine Spectator
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
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
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.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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
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Giacomo Grimaldi, Italy
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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 produce wines exclusively from the family's vineyards. He began acquiring vineyards of Nebbiolo in the most prestigious Barolo zones, firmly convinced of the great potential of Barolo wine. The family's vines grew from 1.5 hectares to 10 hectares. The current vineyards are situated in the communes of Barolo, Novello and Monforte and divided as follows: 6 hectares of Nebbiolo for Barolo, 2 of Barbera d'Alba, 1 of Dolcetto d’Alba, 1 of Nebbiolo.
In the vineyard, there is significant attention and a deep devotion to the care of the vines. Ferruccio is renowned amongst other wine makers for his 'perfectionism' in caring for the plants. Green harvest is vital to Ferruccio, to reduce the quantity of the yield for a better quality.

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