Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano 2012 375ml
THESE ARE 375 ML OR HALF BOTTLES Since 1956, the Piemontese winemaker Michele Chiarlo has foreshadowed the continuing quest for quality on the part of so many of Italy's conscientious producers. From the beginning, the Chiarlo family winery has made superior Barberas and high quality Barolos that today are consistently among the most renowned expressions of these wines. Now, additional varieties help carry the firm’s reputation for purity of grape variety and terroir, including this delicious Gavi Bianco. From the beginning, Michele Chiarlo has directly managed or personally overseen every aspect in the production of his wines. Since the early 1990s, his sons, Alberto and Stefano, have also held management roles. Alberto, the elder, directs marketing and sales; Stefano, an enologist by profession, manages vineyard operations and collaborates in production in the cellars.
Tortoniano is named for the tortonian-era soils in which the vines are planted, which contain a high percentage of magnesium and manganese. Grape clusters are thinned and are harvested somewhat later than usual so that the fruit attains higher concentration. Temperatures are strictly controlled during vinification and the wine is aged for two years in large oak casks and one year in bottle before release.
Wine EnthusiastAromas suggesting ripe berry, exotic spice, Alpine herb and a whiff of blue flower come together in the glass. The dense, round palate offers black raspberry, fleshy cherry, licorice and espresso alongside velvety tannins. It's already surprisingly accessible.
Wine AdvocateThis wine is known for its mid-weight appeal and delicate floral fragrances. The 2012 Barolo Tortoniano is true to form. The bouquet is silky and finessed with cola, anise seed, grilled rosemary and lightly spicy Teriyaki sauce. There is fruit here, but it is fleeting. You get more cherry and cassis characteristics in the mouth than you do on the bouquet.