Vietti - Castiglione Falletto
 
The wines of Vietti have been somewhat of a moving target over the past decade or so, with changes from vintage to vintage. Today they've settled down into a style that is very clean and fruit driven, though the wines are classically structured. These have for years been among my favorite Piedmontese wines, but with the change in style I'm not as convinced as tot heir long term arability, not that that is a sign of quality. 
 
The protocol for Barolo since 2010 is roughly:
 
All Barolo is fermented with a submerged cap and the length of fermentation/maceration is dictated by the development of the tannins in the wine though typically Brunate goes for about 21 too 24 days, Lazzarito a few days more, Villero about 30 days and Rocche five weeks
 
Brunate and Lazzarito then spend 3 to 5 months in barrique then at least two years in botte
 
Roche and Villero undergo malo in barrique then right to botte for at least two years
 
Typically about 20% of barriques are new
 
 
 
Spicy on the nose with notes of salted plum, dark cherry in alcohol with a touch of prune, tar and menthol, This is a little soft on entry though with nice tannic cut to the burnished fruit, that turns spicy and mineral earth rich  on the back end, This is quite clear in the mouth, full of liquory wild strawberry and wild bitter cherry fruit and packed with fruit tannins on the fine aromatic finish with it’s hints of of citrus rind, and sapid, spiky acids that lead to a pop of cherry fruit on the finale. A pretty elegant wine in the making. 93pts
 
 
 
This is tighter on the nose with wood that is a touch more obvious though fairly well integrated into the dark and earthy aromas of chalk and bitter medicinal herb roots that yield to lovely notes of dried roses, balsamic, strawberry fruit, necco wafers, and a touch of menthol. At first spicy, then a little soft on entry, if decidedly clear and firm on the full bodied mid-palate that is tannic but not weighty. There are lots of dark, earthy flavors here that lead to a big cherry in alcohol finish that is long, focused and full of lots of firm tannins all culminating in a hint of truffle on the finale. 92pts
 
 
Balsamic on the nose with a bit of new wood showing over sadny soil tones and dusty, perfumed rose and strawberry aromas. Soft on entry with a chewy, fruit driven feel that features small red fruits with a slight jammy edge and a pop of strawberry on the backend. While this seems plush at first it’s actually packed with with plenty of angular tannins that cut the finish short, though the hints of lingonberry and very aromatic rose petals and balsamic aromas on the finish are promising. 90pts 
 
 
Attractive mint, herb, and watermelon aromas greet the nose. On entry one finds tart cherry fruit delivered in a soft, broad style that is wide open today. Easy to drink already, this shows flashes of mushrooms and an earthiness that helps to frame the red fruit, turning fairly tannic on the modest finish. Perhaps a little light but elegant and really quite attractive and freshening. 88pts