Guido Porro Barolo Santa Caterina 2009
WINE: "Vine Age: 30-35 years. Vines are sustainably farmed, the equivalent of lutte raisonnee in France. Only indigenous yeasts are used. Almost all barrels used (barriques, tonneaux, and botti) are at least 5th passage; new barrels are introduced occasionally as needed. The Lazzairasco, Santa Caterina, and l'Pari vineyards are all monopolies. Maceration in cement vats 20-25 days; pumping over 3-4 times daily, three years in 15- to 25-hl Slavonian oak botti. Both the Lazzairasco and Santa Caterina vineyards are in the Lazzarito cru of Barolo. Santa Caterina: 400-410 m altitude; W exposure, the difference between the Barolos is due primarily to the ages of the vines." -Importer WINEMAKER: "Reviews and notes on Guido Porro regularly refer to him as "under the radar": the wines he makes are worthy of a stellar reputation, but he is too easygoing and unassuming to worry about whether the general wine-drinking public recognizes his name. He rarely bothers to send samples to wine writers. Guido is the fourth generation at an estate that has always been passed from father to son, and although fifth-generation Fabio hasn't reached middle school, he is already showing a keen curiosity in the family business. The Porros continue to work just as their predecessors did - the only major change over the last few decades has been the decision to bottle at the estate instead of selling the wine in demijohns or barrels - and they like to keep things simple and down to earth. The door is always open, and Guido's wife Giovanna never looks quite as happy as when she's serving enormous platters of classic local dishes to a full table of guests." -Importer
The our vineyards are among the most famous for their enviable position in the famous cru Lazzarito: Lazzairasco, Santa Caterina and 'L Pari.
Editorial Reviews for Guido Porro Barolo Santa Caterina
This has a very direct nose with an early hint of tobacco, followed by icy mineral notes framed with an herbal nuance. This smells icy cool. On entry this is a little tight if fine and firm with tannins that show an edge of austerity. The mid palate is rich with lovely mineral laced rose petal and bramble framed black cherry fruit, that leads to a finish that is a bit tight and short, but does show some sneaky length, A second bottle open three days prior was, more open but still tight if spicy with limestone notes and some small wild black raspberry flavors. Broader but still tense in the mouth, it displayed a really nice combination of rich ripe fruit that doesn't cross the line and fine lacy structure, with a modesty minty and medicinal finish. An aggregate score for the two bottles: 91pts