- Barolo DOCG
- Spontaneous fermentation from indigenous yeasts
- Maceration and fermentation in open steel tanks
- Malolactioc fermentation and ageing in French oak barrels of 500 liters
- Aged in bottle for 18 months before release
- First vintage: 1990
- Vineyards in the villages of: Serralunga d'Alba: Baudana Castiglione Falletto: Villero
- Alcohol: 14,5%
- Recommended drinking time: 2022 - 2045
LE VIGNE Barolo 2015
The seven weeks of mid-summer heat in 2015 resulted in a rich, nuanced and delicate Le Vigne that shows the resulting complexity of the intermingling of sites of varied altitude and ripening curves.
The nose of the Le Vigne is currently restrained but shows excellent raspberry and red fruits with licorice, augmented by a delicate mineral component. In the mouth it is still quite structured but has a warm, inviting mid palate characterized by ripe red and black fruits and notes of black pepper, licorice and dried herbs.
The tannins are surprisingly well-integrated, and the wine feels broad and vast in the mouth - there is much untapped potential that requires only a bit a patience. The finish is long and mineral, with cherry notes brightened by the balanced acidity.
Ratings for the vintage 2015
James Suckling 97 points
Vinous 95+ points
Wine Spectator 94 points
Evolution of the vintage 2015
The year 2015 was characterized by a period of extraordinary heat, followed by a milder period that allowed the perfect maturation of the grapes, giving the wines generosity, balance and harmony.
Seven weeks of extreme heat from the last week of June to August 14 were ended by a series of strong storms that rapidly brought cooler temperatures for the near-perfect maturation during the last 10 weeks of vegetative cycle.
The wines of this vintage show generosity and abundance in both taste and aroma.
We have learned much with regards to timing and its importance for the work in the vineyards over the last 20 years. Key practices, such as more careful defoliation, greater freedom of natural vegetative growth and especially the careful management of timing the vineyard practices have been optimized for best results. For example, crop-thinning too early often leads to fruit with notes of over-ripeness and excessive concentrations while doing it too late causes bitter and astringent phenolic results.
Many of the innovations that we have developed over the hottest years were put in practice during 2015 to get ripe, balanced fruit and the final result of our vineyard management is evident in the glass. In sum, the 2015 vintage is characterized by excellent maturation and well-developed, enveloping fruit, balanced with good freshness and ripe tannins in the Nebbiolo. 2015 is a beautiful example of generosity, balance and harmony.
Harvest took place from October 4th until 17th.