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Vietti Barolo Castiglione 1989

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

The nose quickly turned things around! What a seductive nose, absolutely fresh with wonderfully ripe red cherry fruit, and soft subtle perfumes of herbs, flowers, menthol and sandalwood. In the mouth this saw simply silken elegance. The tannins are polished; they are like tiny buckyballs in the mouth forming a virtually seamless presence that tastily completely engulfs your mouth. There is lovely fruit and a huge rose element but that texture is phenomenal. I expect this to age rather slowly but I’m not sure it can get any better than it is now. 2009-2019 96pts

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Vietti:
Since 1974 certain Vietti wines have been dressed with specially-designed original works (lithographs, xylographies, etchings, silkscreens, linocuts) inspired by the wine of that particular vintage. The print run is the same as the number of bottles produced, and the first hundred labels are signed by the Artist. Each work is only used once, just for the wine of that vintage. Since the presenta... Read more
Since 1974 certain Vietti wines have been dressed with specially-designed original works (lithographs, xylographies, etchings, silkscreens, linocuts) inspired by the wine of that particular vintage. The print run is the same as the number of bottles produced, and the first hundred labels are signed by the Artist. Each work is only used once, just for the wine of that vintage. Since the presentation of the 1982 Barolo Villero in 1988, the artist’s labels have been dedicated exclusively to the wines grown on this great vineyard. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Vietti Barolo Castiglione

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,926
5.00 5
03/16/2009

The nose quickly turned things around! What a seductive nose, absolutely fresh with wonderfully ripe red cherry fruit, and soft subtle perfumes of herbs, flowers, menthol and sandalwood. In the mouth this saw simply silken elegance. The tannins are polished; they are like tiny buckyballs in the mouth forming a virtually seamless presence that tastily completely engulfs your mouth. There is lovely fruit and a huge rose element but that texture is phenomenal. I expect this to age rather slowly but I’m not sure it can get any better than it is now. 2009-2019 96pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,926
4.50 5
01/19/2014

Tight on the nose with superb rose petal aromas over a base of candied raspberries, and wild cherry that have a light jammy edge to them. Some hints of buttery toast and and herbal hint of black currrant add further complexity. A bit tough and rather strict in the mouth, this is filled with mineral flavors layered over a base of dark cherry and black plum fruit with again a hint of the herbal currant like flavor. Tight, powerful and still youthful this finishes with great length and spicy, grippy tannins along with a wash of white soil tones. Still an infant, this is bound to improve. 93pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,926
4.50 5
03/16/2009

This base bottling was a blend of many vineyards, mostly likely including Bussia, Ravera Novello, Ravera Mosconi, Bricco Boschis, Valletta, Brunella, Foassati, and Ciabot Berton. This delivers above it’s paygrade with such wonderful, layered aromatics that revealed fresh herbs, sandy soil, sour cherry and currant fruit and hints of bay leaf, minerals, and briarwood. In the mouth this offered well-resolved tannins with fine focus. To the transparent, light red fruit. There were lovely notes of rosehips, roast meat and sandalwood and the palate and a haunting finale of roses in the mouth. What a steal this was. Firmly at peak but I see nothing to gain from keeping this any longer and it may have been better a few years ago. 2009-2014 91pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,926
4.50 5
09/22/2008

paler and brassier than the preceding 3 wines this seems quite evolved on the nose with lots of floral highlights over a core of strawberry fruit with notes of tar, sand and prosciutto adding depth. Reticent and taut in the mouth with fruit tones floating above the palate this is mysterious with relatively light weight though very finely balanced. Brisk and with finesse, this offers stern yet not abbrasive tannins with really herby, rhubarby fruit that leads to a spicy finish that hints at curry tones. After 3 hours this has just blossomed with a nose full of salted capers, truffles, caraway seed, pressed flowers, and ripe fruit. The palate has really filled in and maintains nice tension with tons of ripe tannins and bright acidity that are gorgeously integrated. Very youthful , long and complete this is my WOTN. 2008-2025


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,926
5.00 5
01/19/2014

Rich and powerful on the nose this is immediately attractive with notes of plum, spice and grape pomace jam soaring from the glass. Notes of blue fruits, violets, leather and clay add admirable complexity. A bit tight on entry, this slowly unfolds with hints of plum skins and bitter cherry supported by ripe tannins. the texture is like cashmere, showing perfect integration and stunning freshness to the fruit. With some air this turns a bit spicy and attractively rich with a long, finely fruited finish. Still youthful but so fresh and already quite supple. 96pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,926
5.00 5
03/16/2009

This bottle started out with a touch of jammy raspberry on the nose and smelled very taut and sinewy with slowly growing notes of berry fruits, iron, turmeric, fenugreek and a touch of green anise seed. In the mouth this was zesty, precise and incredibly well balanced. A bit closed and decidedly youthful this bottle none-the-less thrilled with it’s balance and vibrancy. It opened somewhat over the course of the evening revealing a nice floral tone with hints of rosehips and dried raspberry fruit. The finish is long with a lovely stony minerality and echoes of used pipe and soil. This is going to be a fantastic bottle when it’s mature. 2010-2030 96pts and going to improve!


External Reviews for Vietti Barolo Castiglione

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/26/2010

A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 1989 Vietti Barolo Rocche 750ml




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