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Azienda Agricola Tenuta Montanello Barbera d'Alba Crocetta 2005

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

The same wine as above but this sees 20% new barrique with the remainder seeing second and third passage barrique. Low intensity nose with obvious sweetness and spice from the wood that gives the impression of jammy blackberry fruit well laced with moderate vanilla notes. This is also soft but the wood somehow brings the acids into focus and while this is soft and flannelly there is better definition here. Bigger fruit in the mouth as well with spicy notes and a nice layering of red berry, black berry and spice. Not complex but balanced and offering a nice contrast between sweet and sour and tannin and acid. Well done. 87pts

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Tenuta Montanello:
Tenuta Montanello is located in the Comune of Castiglione Falletto, a small mediaeval village in the heart of the Langhe, the land of truffles, top quality wines and ancient castles. This is the area where Barolo wine is produced: an amphitheatre of gently-rolling, restful hills at an altitude of between 200 and 500 metres where vines tend to dominate picturesque landscapes, painted in attracti... Read more
Tenuta Montanello is located in the Comune of Castiglione Falletto, a small mediaeval village in the heart of the Langhe, the land of truffles, top quality wines and ancient castles. This is the area where Barolo wine is produced: an amphitheatre of gently-rolling, restful hills at an altitude of between 200 and 500 metres where vines tend to dominate picturesque landscapes, painted in attractive colours and with unexpected contrasts. Tenuta Montanello stretches between these hills in a single 40-hectare estate, of which 11 hectares are cultivated with wine grapes. The high prestige wines that are characteristic of this area such as Barolo, Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto have been produced here for many years. Bartolomeo Racca bought the Montanello Estate from the Count of Castiglione Falletto, Patrizio Filippo di Scagnello, on April 19, 1864. For many years, it was the home of the first wine growers' cooperative of the Langhe: the Cantina Sociale of Castiglione Falletto which united no less than 36 wine growers of this comune towards the end of the 19th century. This marked the start of the production and sale of the first Barolo wine. Today, five generations later, the Racca family still owns Tenuta Montanello, now managed by Alberto Racca. A traditional approach is applied to the grape growing and wine making processes, incorporating more modern techniques and technologies where appropriate. The hill of Montanello has always been considered one of the best cru of the Barolo area; Renato Ratti included it in his Map of Barolo and Slow Food has classified it as one of the Great Vineyards of the Langhe. The composition of the soil and excellent exposure to the South, South West and West produce a Barolo with a good alcohol content and penetrating bouquet, worthy of its long history. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Azienda Agricola Tenuta Montanello Barbera d'Alba Crocetta

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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3.50 5
04/07/2009

The same wine as above but this sees 20% new barrique with the remainder seeing second and third passage barrique. Low intensity nose with obvious sweetness and spice from the wood that gives the impression of jammy blackberry fruit well laced with moderate vanilla notes. This is also soft but the wood somehow brings the acids into focus and while this is soft and flannelly there is better definition here. Bigger fruit in the mouth as well with spicy notes and a nice layering of red berry, black berry and spice. Not complex but balanced and offering a nice contrast between sweet and sour and tannin and acid. Well done. 87pts




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