Castiglione Falletto - Barolo 2006


As I tasted through the wines of the various villages of Barolo this past May, I looked forward to those of Castiglione the most. Yes, it's true. While I love so many wines from the region, the wines from these tightly clustered vineyards have tended to give me the clearest indication of a vintage's quality in a tasting like this. Being at the center of the region, Castiglione tends to benefit from the weather, or conversely show signs of a vintage's difficulty in those vintages where challenges arise.

These are wines that can exhibit the best attributes of Barolo: the fruit of La Morra, the structure of Monforte, the intensity of perfume of Serralunga. 2006 was no exception, with wines that exhibited all the signs of the vintage: big fruit married to important structure, with all the signs of fine ripeness. But even here, where the wines still tend to be somewhat soft and elegant, I was struck by the imposing quality of the wines. If nothing else, the wines of Castiglione perfectly illustrated the depth and power that 2006 Barolo promises to deliver.
Related Imagery

Montanello and Bricco Boschis as seen from the hillside below the village of La Morra

The Communes of Barolo

Bricco Fiasco, Monprivato, and the back of Villero vineyards as seen from the hillside below La Morra

Castiglione Falletto

67 distinct vineyards covering 136 hectares/336 acres or 7.5% of total Barolo vineyards

Only a tiny sliver of Castiglione’s vines are planted on Tortonian soils, the remaining being planted in the lighter, more limestone-rich Helvetian soils that dominate the eastern half of the Barolo region.

Lying upon the boundary between the two regions, Castiglione, as well as Barolo, benefits the most from this mixing of soils. The resulting wines tend to retain some of the forward fruit found in La Morra, backed up with a stiffer, more age-worthy structure. These are generally still rather full-bodied and fruit-driven for Barolo, but begin to show some of the stern edges upon which Barolo’s reputation is based.

Wines from Castiglione tend to be quite aromatic, perhaps the most perfumed of all the communes, and offer a finely balanced drinking experience.

Vineyards of note:

Bricco Boschis

Producers of note:

Giuseppe Mascarello

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  • Snooth User: luca chevalier
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    ...yes i agree 90%....

    Sep 12, 2010 at 10:59 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    So I have to ask, where is the 10% we disagree on?

    Sep 12, 2010 at 12:34 PM

  • Snooth User: luca chevalier
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    533661 2,535's simple nobody have the same opinion 100% specially on wine thats wy we love wine, because we like also to talk about it... but, let's leave philosofy's a question " De lana caprina" (Orazio, Epist., I, 18, 15)...
    ......anyway i think that Oddero ‘Rocche di Castiglione’ & Cavallotto ‘Bricco Boschis’ sould be added with a plus...Ciao

    Sep 12, 2010 at 2:32 PM

  • Snooth User: luca chevalier
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    PS did you taste anytingh from Ceretto?...

    Sep 12, 2010 at 2:33 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    I haven't tasted anything by Ceretto since last year:

    I agree with you entirely!

    Oddero is one of my favorite producers, Brovia to. Sometime they show well young, other times less so. Cavalotto, I don't see the wines improving as of late, very fruity and dense on release, but time will tell. I still rather enjoy them and think 1999 Riserva San Giuseppe is one of the wines of the vintage!

    Yes to a previous question , alle ciechi, al meno per questo degastazione, ho fato cosi ogni anno.

    Alla prossima!

    Sep 12, 2010 at 3:14 PM

  • Snooth User: luca chevalier
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    Thanks and ...Alla Prossima.

    Sep 13, 2010 at 4:26 AM

  • Snooth User: Eric Guido
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    Hey Greg,

    I'm trying to catch up with things. CRAZY MONTH.

    Thanks for the insights. As you know, i love the Rocche and always buy. Good to here you thoughts on the wine.

    Are you switching to a letter scoring system or was this just for this article?

    Did you taste any '07's on your trip? Any insights?

    Sep 17, 2010 at 8:25 PM

  • Snooth User: luca chevalier
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    ...quite impossible for 07... it's the law....3 years of ageing starting from the 1° jen of the year after the production ...this mean 2011 for the 2007 vintage....
    altough if you go in someone cellar you can taste it but is not finished yet...
    not suitable for commerce...

    Sep 18, 2010 at 10:59 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Yes, I barrel tasted quite a few 2007s. Did the Vietti cru tasting. Great work in 07! terroir is so interesting, Lazzairasco stood out impressively.

    I use a letter system for these wines since they were blind tasted rapidly in less than ideal conditions. Many of the wines were very recently bottled and I can't give a numerical score that gives the illusion of precion for these wines. Who knows, I and may move to a letter system in the future for all wines since the 100 point scale is really an illusion.

    Sep 18, 2010 at 11:22 AM

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