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LE VIGNE Barolo 2010

 

Tasting notes

Le Vigne had a breakout year in 2010, with the first addition of the Baudana fruit from Serralunga that gave power and a bottomless foundation to this classic “assemblaggio.” The nose of this wine is exceptionally complex and layered, with intermingling of Black fruits, different dark flowers, spices, wood notes and garrigue, mushroom and tar. In the mouth, the wine is still closed and tight, but with air and patience multi-dimensional fruits and flowers emerge, a sweet tannin that is almost silky in its character and bright freshness. The finish goes on and on, showing forest floor and mineral notes. Luciano considers this among his finest efforts for Le Vigne.

 

 

Ratings for the vintage 2010

Wine Advocate 96 points

Stephen Tanzer 95 points

James Suckling 96 points

Vinous 100 points

Wine Spectator 94 points

Wine Enthusiast 97 points

Falstaff 96 points

Gambero Rosso 2 bicchieri

Vini Buoni 4 stelle

I Vini di Veronelli 3 stelle / 95 points

 

 

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Evolution of the vintage 2010

The significant precipitations of both snow and rain in the winter, replenished the groundwater reserves after the warm 2009 season. The spring showed alternating periods of wet and dry. Bud break was inconsistent depending on exposure and altitude of individual parcels. Moderate warmth began before the flowering which occurred in the normal time frame. 

 

The season continued with weather patterns that we would consider “normal” by historic standards but would be considered “cool” today. This allowed for a long cycle, and the plants never suffered from excess heat. Other than a week of moderate heat at the time of the veraison during the first 10 days of August (which gave a very consistent color change to the red grapes) temperatures never exceeded the norms of a “classic” year. 

 

In 2010, it was essential to manage the crop loads and the vegetative cover at the level of the individual plant. Crop thinning and judicious use of green harvesting were essential. The Nebbiolo plots in the Barolo zone performed spectacularly well, giving fruit of both great structure and delicacy. The long harvest period allowed individual plots to be harvested at the correct time without being rushed.

 

2010 can be considered a “once in a generation” vintage for its grace and seemingly effortless ability to age. The combination of climactic conditions yields fruit of uncommon maturity and complexity.

 

Harvest took place from October 7th until 25th

 



 

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