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Tenuta Montanello Barbera d'Alba 2010

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Over a year in barrique, one third new,eight days of fermentation Tight, a little briar pipe, some soil and wood spice greets the nose along with a bit of toasty spice framing, candied mulberry fruit. The oak here builds with air adding a creamy, cedary aspect to the nose. Soft and a little creamy in the mouth as well though with nice depth and purity of fruit. This is fairly precise in the mouth but the oak adds sweetness and creaminess that isn't really necessary here. Less lively than the 2011 base bottling but the finish is driven by acid and shows some nice fresh berry fruit before too much wood tannin kicks in to dry everything out. 84pts

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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 Tenuta Montanello Barbera d'Alba

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,835
2.50 5
09/17/2013

Over a year in barrique, one third new,eight days of fermentation Tight, a little briar pipe, some soil and wood spice greets the nose along with a bit of toasty spice framing, candied mulberry fruit. The oak here builds with air adding a creamy, cedary aspect to the nose. Soft and a little creamy in the mouth as well though with nice depth and purity of fruit. This is fairly precise in the mouth but the oak adds sweetness and creaminess that isn't really necessary here. Less lively than the 2011 base bottling but the finish is driven by acid and shows some nice fresh berry fruit before too much wood tannin kicks in to dry everything out. 84pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,835
4.20 5
09/17/2013

Four and a half glasses




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