Tenuta Montanello is a large estate in Castiglione Falletto occupying the ridge just to the north of Monprivato and roughly adjacent to Cavallotto's Bricco Boschis. The wines have improved during the relatively brief existence of the winery, since about 2000, and additional replantings of the vineyard should yield positive results in the coming decades. Today the Barolo is a little on the light side and as such shows its oak rather obviously, though I expect the potential of this Cru to slowly reveal itself as the vines mature and the proprietors become more confident with their work
2008 Tenuta Montanello Barolo - Castiglione Falletto
One year in French barrique, on third new. A second year in botte in six to eight-year-old Slavonian botte.
Wood on the nose immediately, a little sweet, cinnamon sugar and toasty spice lends this a nice woodsy note with a little stemmy spice just a touch green adding some freshness and detail. This is soft broad and a bit diffuse on the palate with a nice load of tannins but the wood tannins are more obvious. Showing nice fruity aromas of wild cherries, this shows good integration of oak on the backend as the wine finds a bit of a center. A bit small scaled and leaning more towards the modern than the traditional this retains a light, fairly airy feel to it. 87pts