A Bumpy Road Indeed
Monfalletto Cordero de Montezemolo - La Morra
Monfalletto is a historic property in La Morra that has managed to straddle the modernist/traditional line in many ways. The wines are solid and reliable, if rarely exciting though their Barolo from the Villero cru, Enrico VI does outperform the line-up.
Barolos see six days of maceration, then another ten days or so off the skins to ferment until dry. The Crus here are aged exclusively in barrique while the Monfalleto sees a larger variety of wood, toast, and size depending on the vintage.
5000-5500 bottles produced
The best part of the Cru with the maximum expression of Monfalleto.
Cedary, spicy, and floral on the nose with rose notes and incipient aromas of tobacco, Round and rather rich in the mouth with dark, almost meaty cherry fruit framed by nice spice notes and a touch of camphor and tobacco. There are plenty of tannins and good acidity here though a little too much oak with some wood tannin obvious on the palate but this has some very attractive fruit with incipient tobacco and macerated floral notes. 90pts
Draws fruit from nine hectares, 45,000 bottles
Toasty wood, cherries in alcohol and a touch of truffle greets the nose with a hint of herb adding some detail. Silky and soft on entry with nice ripe cherry fruit framed with hints of strawberry. This is broad and relatively clear on the palate with good acids and fine grained tannins that build on the moderately long finish. Nice if a bit simple. 88pts
9000 to 10000 bottles produced
More masculine with earthy base notes of fine dark fruit and black tea on the nose. This works with the wood better than the other wines here, showing a richness on entry, deep and elegant with a fleshy feel to the dark cherry fruit with a little black currant note and a fine earthy herbal edge to it. This has fine depth on the palate, powerful and complex with very pretty fruit that really pops on the backend and excellent length to the licorice and spice toned finish. This shows a fleshy richness that the others bottlings here don't with apparently softer acids,or simply more buffering flesh, 92pts