Michele Chiarlo 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

This elegantly structured wine shows pure, high toned red berry and currant flavors and aromas with nuances of violets, spice and chocolate around a restrained acidic core supported by refined 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

Member Reviews for Michele Chiarlo

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Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578085,596
3.00 5
12/20/2012

Medium bodied, bright cherries, medium light tannins with nice acidity and good balance. Almost burgundian in flavor profile.


Snooth User: calywa
9256772,137
3.00 5
10/21/2011

Decent wine, but leaves a bit of a harsh burning feeling in the back of the throat.


Snooth User: BeautifulCalamity
7729671,563
3.50 5
09/06/2012

Nice easy red wine for the price.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
3.50 5
02/24/2013

Nice floral notes. Earthy, roasty blue and purple fruit on the nose. Crisp, tart and berry-accented with good fruit and medium body. Easy drinking, soft red berry fruit. Clean and nice. Sour, tart finish. 88 pts. 12/15/12


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
3.00 5
04/02/2012

Strong wood spice on the nose, as well as espresso, dark chocolate and black cherry. On the palate, it's tart and acidic. Flavors of blackberry, plum and pomegranate, all fresh. Hints of flowers. Very youthful, needs more time to relax. 3/10/12


0.00 5
03/15/2012

Sweet blackberry, plum and pomegranate fruit is fresh and vibrant as this red unfolds ... Drink now through 2018. -BS


Snooth User: androidgrrl
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4.00 5
04/16/2011

I was looking for Bonny Doon's Muscat, but the store didn't have it and recommended this. For a sweet wine, it is very good. It has a nice honey peach flavor. I prefer moderately sweet wines-this is too sweet.


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External Reviews for Michele Chiarlo

External Review
01/03/2012

The 2008 Barbera drsquo;Asti Superiore Le Orme offers up dark red fruit, flowers, licorice and spices, showing good depth and fine overall harmony. Clean, mineral notes frame the pretty finish. Anticipated maturity: 2010ndash;2013.


External Review
09/27/2011

Plum skin and cherry aromas follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with good fruit and a citrus and strawberry aftertaste. Drink now.


External Review
11/20/2013

Robert Parker 91 Points Michele Chiarlo is one of Piemonte's truly great winemakers. The family owns 60 hectares of vineyards in three of the classic growing areas - Langhe, Monferrato and Gavi. Stefano Chiarlo heads the technical staff overseeing the vineyards and viticulture. Stefano's ethos can be summed up thus: a balanced or rigorous pruning depending on the oenological goals, a technique of guided pest control using products with no environmental impact, meticulous manual thinning-out of the grape clusters, tuffing between the rows and no use of anti-mould products. Michele Chiarlo wines continue to win awards worldwide. Grapes : 100% Nebbiolo Region : Italy / Piedmont / Barbaresco DOCG Maker : Stefano Chiarlo & Gianni Meleni Notes : Full, elegant and aristocratic with a hint of green peppercorns and spice in the background. Serve : Game, roast meats, and mature cheese. ABV : 13.50%


External Review
04/13/2011

Winemaker Notes - typical are the hints of citrus fruit, lime blossom and minerals; its freshness on the palate, fragrance and well-balanced spirituousness make it a very elegant wine.


External Review
09/27/2011

Minerally, with hints of berry and aromatic bark. Medium-bodied, with a tangy fruit palate and fresh finish. Bargain Barbera for everyone. Drink now.


External Review
09/27/2011

This is very jammy, with lots of blackberry and raspberry. Full and soft, with plenty of fruit on the finish. Straightforward and delicious. Drink now.


External Review
01/03/2012

Chiarlorsquo;s 2006 Barbera drsquo;Asti Superiore Le Orme is a delicious, fragrant Barbera. Made in a medium-bodied style, it offers notable harmony in its ripe red fruit, minerals and spices. Silky, refined tannins round out this terrific effort, which is a steal for the money. Anticipated maturity: 2008ndash;2010.


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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.

This elegantly structured wine shows pure, high toned red berry and currant flavors and aromas with nuances of violets, spice and chocolate around a restrained acidic core supported by refined tannins.

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