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LE VIGNE Barolo 2013

 

Tasting notes
The 2013 vintage shows itself through the extensive range of floral scents that majestically rise from the wine glass: the rose, the lavender, the violet and the peony. There are also balsamic notes with spice leaves, wood and tea.


Le Vigne Barolo is more relaxed and articulate compared to its brother ALESTE. It is a joy on the palate, filling and satisfying. It has good structure, balanced and persistent tannins. For this wine, time is simply an ally. At the moment, it is still closed in on itself, constrained by its youth and requiring much patience. And it is indeed with patience and many twirls of the glass that the palate, like a fan, opens to reveal the intensity of dark fruit, tobacco, eucalyptus and mint.


At the moment it is definitely more direct and generous in comparison to the evolution of ALESTE, and will require another 6-8 years of patience. The finish is long and lingering, with ripe and round tannins typical of this vintage. It is its regal complexity that makes this wine so difficult to resist.

 

Ratings for the vintage 2013
Wine Advocate 96+ points
James Suckling 96 points
Vinous 98 points
Wine Spectator 95 points
Wine Enthusiast 97 points
Falstaff 96 Punkte
Vini Buoni d`Italia 4 stelle
I Vini di Veronelli 3 stelle
Vitae - Rivista AIS 4 viti
International Winereport 97 points

 

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Evolution of the vintage 2013

Overall, it was a season characterized by a dual personality: after an initial cool and rainy phase, we had a second warmer and drier period that allowed the fruit to recover strongly and achieve highly satisfying results.


Even though the bud break took place during a period characterized by low temperatures and frequent rainfalls which made us fear a serious quality loss, by June the atmospheric conditions had markedly improved, and flowering happened under favorable conditions, resulting in a good fruit set.


The true turning point came in July with a period of stable weather. Warm and bright days into October helped the phenolic development. This allowed us to recover most of the disadvantages of the late spring. The cool nights of the last period of maturation helped develop the best characteristics of Nebbiolo, thus obtaining grapes of excellent quality.


In the end, we can say that the vineyard management was demanding, but by making the right choices according to the climate and soil conditions, and by optimal timing of the vineyard operations, we were certainly able to make a difference. Where crop and leaf thinning were performed at the right time and with the right methodology, grapes were obtained that made well-structured and long-lived wines and which made 2013 a particularly good year.

 

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