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Michele Chiarlo 2007

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Wine Tasting Notes Pure, ripe plum and strawberry fruit flavors underscored by a crisp acidic note and a hint of earth mark this charming, succulent wine, set in a supple texture supported by sweet, soft tannins.

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Michele Chiarlo:
Our Philosophy is to produce wines whose characteristics faithfully represent that variety of provenance, as well as their terroir, but in which the hints of wood are never underscored; that they be rich, highly elegant and never nauseous wines. The wine brings with it a precious baggage of qualitative features, which derive from the grape variety and the terroir of provenance: we are fu... Read more
Our Philosophy is to produce wines whose characteristics faithfully represent that variety of provenance, as well as their terroir, but in which the hints of wood are never underscored; that they be rich, highly elegant and never nauseous wines. The wine brings with it a precious baggage of qualitative features, which derive from the grape variety and the terroir of provenance: we are fully committed to ensuring that all said characteristics remain integral and do not diminish or undergo modifications, thus we limit our actions to those strictly necessary, using delicate procedures, aware that every clarification, filtration or other intervention subtracts a part of the wine's qualitative characteristics. Pressing is carried out by means of soft presses so as not to tear the skins; fermentation comes about exclusively at controlled temperatures programmed for each wine, so as to preserve the precious perfumes and original flavours; the extraction of the anthocyans and polyphenols from black grapes is done by means of a very delicate system involving automatic rotary sprinklers that shower must onto the skins. As for our white wines, among the most innovative actions, we would mention the one adopted for Gavi: cold maceratyion of a part of the cortese grapes before pressing, so as to favour a more marked and delicate extraction of their perfumes. As regards red wines, of great importance for us is the choice of wood, capacity and age of the barrels used, all of which in French oak. We use oak tuns for the fermentation of our highly prized reds and barrels of different sizes for their refinement. For instance: 225-litre barrels for Montemareto and in part for La Court Barbera d'Asti (of which 50% is instead refined in fermentation tuns); 700-litre barrels for the Barolo and Barbaresco crus; 5000-litre barrels for Barbera d'Asti Cipressi della Court, Le Orme, classic Barolo and Barbaresco. All our top-rank reds (Barolo, Barbaresco and relative crus, Barbera d'Asti La Court , Montemareto) are bottled without having previously undergone filtration, so as to maintain integral both their original wealth of bouquet and taste. The “long-life” reds undergo lengthy and adequate refinement in the bottle, away from the light, at a constant temperature of 14- 16°C so as to enable them slowly to develop heady fragrances and to deliciously harmonise their flavours. It is precisely in this stage that the greatness of a wine comes to the fore: thus we delay putting our crus of red wines on sale until after the deadline foreseen by the individual Production Regulations, so that they may arrive on the wine-lover's table ready to be appreciated to the utmost. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Michele Chiarlo

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
0.50 5
Vintage: 2006 10/30/2010

Candied, seeds, terrible nose, oaky water, sweet entry, shallow, flaccid, bitter tannins, a mess. (<70pts)

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
1.50 5
Vintage: 2006 08/31/2010

Cooked fruit, chocolate, here we get some tootsie roll, lots of sickly sweet fruit here with marshmallow tones and some cola, rich, fruity, nice extracty raspberry fruit, wood tannin on finish is dry and raw,

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 05/22/2009

AWE blind tasting - a bit jammy on the nose with lots of cola character, sweet woodiness, root beer, biter herbs, jammy root beer, cool and seamless if monolithic with prominent tannins backing nice bitter cherry fruit, uncomplicated if impressively structured, nice fruit fights to get out on the backend, finishes fairly strong with really nice fruit but bit short, 85-86

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
2.50 5
Vintage: 2005 05/21/2009

AWE blind tasting - well integrated spicy wood tones, light cherry and rose, a bit of clay, soft and simple, nice, simple, easy, some fruit, some spice, neither good nor bad 83-84

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 05/21/2009

AWE blind tasting - sweet and candied nose, root beer, some baked goods, extracted, heavy, but deep and intense with chewy, dark, opaque fruit, this might just come around as it has a lovely minerality that really cuts through the huge fruit and finishes with intense cooling menthol and dark, earthy note, even a hint of dark tobacco on the moderately long finish 86-87

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
1.00 5
Vintage: 2001 10/16/2013

Leather and sulphur dominate the nose along with hints of fish sauce and burnt meat. Graceless and extracted in the mouth this is a bit medicinal but otherwise mostly detail-lees and heavy on the palate with a burning, oily finish. 70pts

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
3.50 5
Vintage: 2000 06/11/2013

Very pretty on the nose, with aromas of soft cherry, fresh herbs, shoe polish and braised fennel accented with hints of roses and iron. Silky on entry, this shows fine balance with a nice transparent core of wild cherry fruit accented with hints of leather and medicinal herbs. Rather light on its feet, this tapers off on a soft finish rich soil tones, if a touch short but rather elegant. Some harder tannins do appear on the finish, but they are well buffered on the palate, boding well for several years of positive development. Very finely textured. 87 points

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Snooth User: Mimi Kim
0.00 5
Vintage: 2012 09/13/2011

This wine is slightly sparkling and has a excellent floral aroma of orange blossom, spring flowers and strawberries. On the palate it is a smooth mix of violets, apricot, berries, and summer fruit. It has a crisp, clean finish that is refreshing and well rounded.

Snooth User: puhnner
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 02/25/2016

Another sampler from Lunch. As a Bubbly, a bit too sweet fruity and floral for me, but could see it pairing well with various foods. Very inexpensive

Snooth User: Seymore CAKE
4.50 5
Vintage: 2012 04/07/2011

Four and a half glasses

Snooth User: EMark
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 02/05/2013

Nice yellow color, but there seem to be tiny particles floating. Very "fresh" outdoorsy nose--some floral hints. VERY FRUITY on the inital palate--citrusy, quite tart. Very light-died. Very refreshing. US$14.99 at Total Wines

Snooth User: Eric Guido
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 04/19/2012

The nose showed enticing notes of sea air, lavender and floral notes. On the palate, it was refreshing with flavors of apple and minerals, which carried into the finish with a spritz of lime and mouthwatering acidity.

Snooth User: Jerel1957
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 05/11/2013

Drink Now- The 2010 Barbera d’Asti Superiore Le Orme is an attractive, fleshy wine loaded with class and personality, especially within its price range. Clean, mineral notes frame expressive dark fruit in this vibrant, highly appealing Barbera. This is a highly representative example of the taut style of Barbera that emerges from Asti. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015. Score: 88. —Antonio Galloni, October 2012. @thewinebuyer

Snooth User: tirmi
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 01/01/2012

Достаточно обычное белое вино. Не стоит своих $20. Неплохо пошло с козьим сыром, но не более. Ничего запоминающегося

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External Reviews for Michele Chiarlo

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Source: CityWineCellar.com
Vintage: 2012 03/25/2010

Exuberant aromas of tropical fruit and honeysuckle blossoms mark this fresh, lightly sparkling wine and carry into a palate of ripe melon and mango flavors finishing on a delicate sweet note underscored by bright acidity

External Review
Vintage: 2012 12/12/2014

Michele Chiarlo sources grapes from strictly selected Barbera vineyards with excellent exposure to produce a superb, balanced wine. The choice vineyards are in the southern area of Asti province, especially the hills around Nizza Monferrato. Temperature controlled maceration and fermentation on the skins for 10 days in stainless steel tanks yields the dark, rich color that is typical of great Barberas. The wine is aged in large French oak casks for eight months before release. Wine Spectator said “Rich, this displays black cherry, raspberry and tobacco flavors, with firm tannins underneath. Powerful and heady, with moderate length. Drink now through 2018.”

External Review
Vintage: 2012 10/16/2012

Michele Chiarlo was born in the Monferrato region of Piemonte where his family has grown grapes for over 5 generations. In 1956 he decided to start a small winery in Calamandrana, a small village nestling in some of Monferratos finest hillside vineyards. Armed with enthusiasm and an iron will, he worked hard to make the best wines possible. His 'Le Vigne di Chiarlo Rosso Monferrato' has won many awards worldwide and his wines are now recognised as being amongst Italys top red wines. Thanks to this recognition, the company has been awarded the much sought-after Stella star which the Italian Wine Guide bestows on wineries that have received the 3 Bicchieri ten times. Grapes : 50% Barbera, 40% Nebbiolo, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon Region: Italy / Piedmont / Monferrato DOC Maker : Stefano Chiarlo and Gianni Meleni Notes : Superb, surprisingly fruity nose of great breadth and freshness; there are evident notes of woodland fruit and sweet spices, harmoniously matched. A great impact,with optimum roundness, freshness and pleasantness, it possesses extremely well integrated, delicate tannins. Serve : At 16 - 17C Perfect for pasta dishes (with meat sauces, tomato sauces, and fish), it goes very well with cold meats (chicken and rabbit) and noble cold cuts (ham,Tyrol smoked ham, fine salami and cold pork) ABV : 13% Suitable for Vegetarians

External Review
Vintage: 2010 02/05/2013

A brilliant ruby-red wine with an intense yet airy, vinous bouquet and a medium-bodied, bone-dry robustness that is exceptionally pleasant on the palate. The best vintages, with age, tend to garnet in color, and show a velvety, harmonious quality of considerable elegance.

External Review
Vintage: 2010 06/22/2010

Barbera is the other great red wine grape grown in Italy's Piedmont region. In charming contrast to big, often tightly wound Nebbiolo based wines of Barolo and Barbaresco, Barbera is forward and bright. Its natural acidity and fresh fruitiness give it an immediate appeal. Michele Chiarlo is a world renowned producer and this Barbera, Le Orme, is made from grapes from their hillside vineyards in the southern Asti province. Aged 8 months in oak barrels for added complexity.

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Vintage: 2010 08/10/2014

Tight and spicy, this has barbera’s acid-driven funkiness of grilled mushrooms and bright strawberry notes — for wild mushroom pizza.

External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/31/2012

This classic expression of the Cortese grape is delicate and refined, with lean, subtle pear and white fruit flavors and a fragrance of acacia blossoms offset by notes of almonds. - Winery

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