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.
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.
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