Andrea Oberto Barolo 2005

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Manual harvesting of the overripe grapes in 20-kg perforated crates through a careful selection of the bunches. Transfer in cellar within hours and light drying of the bunches for 24 hours. Grape crushing and destemming, and 10% must bleeding. Themo-controlled fermentation at around 34 °C, with often and soft pumpovers. Long maceration of the marcs (about 350 hours); racking in wood casks, where the natural malolactic fermentation takes place.

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Andrea Oberto:
The story of Andrea Oberto might seem banal or sound like the classic yarn, told yet again, but I can assure you that every time I find myself telling people how my father came to be a winemaker, the expression on their faces is one of pure amazement. Not because my father started out in a particularly adventurous or exciting way, but because his story is so simple that it fascinates and astoun... Read more
The story of Andrea Oberto might seem banal or sound like the classic yarn, told yet again, but I can assure you that every time I find myself telling people how my father came to be a winemaker, the expression on their faces is one of pure amazement. Not because my father started out in a particularly adventurous or exciting way, but because his story is so simple that it fascinates and astounds people. For most of his life Andrea Oberto had two jobs: lorry driver and farmer. Indeed after a long, exhausting week of work, undoubtedly driven by his great passion for the land, Andrea would still find the energy to work on the three hectares of vineyards he inherited from his father. Part of the grapes from these vineyards would be sent to the local cooperative winery, while the rest would be turned into wine and sold to private clients by the demijohn. Nowadays the Andrea Oberto estate continues to be a family company, but the three hectares of vineyards have become 16, and the demijohns are now bottles (around 100,000) of fine wine which is exported all over the world. Andrea’s passion, however, has not changed: while other winemakers prefer to delegate the work in the vineyards, my father has remained faithful to the countryside, continuing to work the land with the same enthusiasm he has always had. My name is Fabio Oberto and I am Andrea Oberto’s son. I wanted to tell you how my father succeeded in fulfilling his dream, because his experience has taught me how much dedication and how many sacrifices were required to reach that sought-after “success”. I, and many of my generation – children of winemakers who, like Andrea Oberto, have dedicated their lives to this craft – have a great responsibility: that of continuing the work of these extraordinary people. People who never gave up when faced with difficulty or defeat, and who never lost faith in themselves or their passion for their work. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Andrea Oberto Barolo

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,058
4.50 5
05/21/2009

AWE blind asting - cinnamon spice, roast beef, spicy cherry pie filling, gamy and rich, nice complexity with dried grass notes, chewing gum and menthol, quite sweet on entry, nice austere tannins, a bit fruity styled but in this style quite well done, a blend of dark dried strawberry fruit, earth, and classic structure, quite rich and chewy, nice finish with a brisk feel, lots of wine with a nice, spiced slightly balsamic finish 90-91


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,058
3.50 5
05/21/2009

AWE blind tasting - nice herbal, slightly medicinal, slightly anise driven nose, a little woody but not enough to obscure the fruit a touch of funghi and some drying leaves, with some sweet fruit, nice and taut in the mouth, fine tannins, good polish, nice fruit with briarwood and dried herb notes, nice acidity, drying on the backend leading to a nice savory, briary finish, 86-87


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Snooth User: zinfandel1
1546601,004
3.50 5
10/11/2012

I thought this Barolo would be too tannic because it is fairly young. This was not the case. Color was vivid and the aroma showed some dark fruits and a hint of dried straw. On the palate some dark fruit and a definite zestyness. Nicely layered with several flavors appearing at different stages. A very faint hint of sweetness almost like hard candy crossed my palate for a split second and then disappeared. The tannins were medium and just enough to hold everything together. Fantastic structure with a nice finish.


Snooth User: cczura
164252145
4.00 5
11/14/2010

Four glasses



Tasting Notes:

Full garnet in colour with delicate orange highlights. Wide, clean but complex aroma with scents of dried flowers and red berries. Well-integrated oak with toasty notes of coffee and leather linger in a perfect balance between elegant body and concentration.

Manual harvesting of the overripe grapes in 20-kg perforated crates through a careful selection of the bunches. Transfer in cellar within hours and light drying of the bunches for 24 hours. Grape crushing and destemming, and 10% must bleeding. Themo-controlled fermentation at around 34 °C, with often and soft pumpovers. Long maceration of the marcs (about 350 hours); racking in wood casks, where the natural malolactic fermentation takes place.

3500 bottles produced.

Notes: 26 months in wood (part in barrels, part in all new barriques); 2 months in stainless steel vats and and 6 months in bottle.


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