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Azienda Agricola Tenuta Montanello Barolo 2004

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

6,600 bottles produced. This spent 1 year in barrique one third of which was new, 1/3 second passage, and 1/3 third passage. There is serious intensity here on the nose with rose, hickory, menthol and tobacco notes framing very fresh red fruits and sappy, vegetal floral tones. The wood adds a bit of an autumnal character here and rounds out the entry nicely. Unlike the 2004 the tannins here are wonderfully ripe and in fine balance with the bright acidity that gives this wine good cur and focus even if it is a touch linear at this point. Not particularly fruit driven with some interesting pomegranate and mulberry notes covering a core of dark spices and rich earthy tones. The backend turns a bit more red fruited and offers nice follow through with a particularly intense rose notes and attractive strawberry/rhubarb finish. This really shows nice purity on a sleek medium weight frame and is a fine expression of the grape. 91pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for Azienda Agricola Tenuta Montanello Barolo

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.50 5
04/07/2009

6,600 bottles produced. This spent 1 year in barrique one third of which was new, 1/3 second passage, and 1/3 third passage. There is serious intensity here on the nose with rose, hickory, menthol and tobacco notes framing very fresh red fruits and sappy, vegetal floral tones. The wood adds a bit of an autumnal character here and rounds out the entry nicely. Unlike the 2004 the tannins here are wonderfully ripe and in fine balance with the bright acidity that gives this wine good cur and focus even if it is a touch linear at this point. Not particularly fruit driven with some interesting pomegranate and mulberry notes covering a core of dark spices and rich earthy tones. The backend turns a bit more red fruited and offers nice follow through with a particularly intense rose notes and attractive strawberry/rhubarb finish. This really shows nice purity on a sleek medium weight frame and is a fine expression of the grape. 91pts




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