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Villero

Villero

Varietals Planted: Nebbiolo

Bottling: Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne

Vineyard description:

Villero is a great historical cru in the village of Castiglione Falletto. The wines show acidity and backbone tempered by the midpalate richness typical of Castiglione fruit. Early single-cru bottlings by other producers have shown the potential of this favored site since the early 1970s (for example, the traditionalist master Bruno Gicaosa bottled cru Villero from 1978 to 1996). The site is south/southwest facing in the middle elevation of the hill.

The Sandrone Villero site was acquired as a long-term lease in early 2011. The vineyard is planted to 100% Nebbiolo of varying ages - the youngest are 10-15 years old, and the oldest parcels of the 1.5ha site are over 45 years old. For Luca and Luciano, the healthy and well-established plants made the site impossible to resist. “It happened very quickly by Langa standards,” Luciano said. “we were approached about the site in November of 2010, and by the following March we were working the vines as they started to bud. It was imperative that we have control of the vineyard for the entire growing season if we were to use the grapes for our wine.”

The Villero fruit will be used for the Le Vigne bottling beginning with the 2011 vintage.

Township: Castiglione Falletto

Soil: Clay with sand layers

Exposure: South

Density: plants per hectare: 4000

Average Age of vines: approximately 30 years (2011)

Training: Guyot basso

Altitude: 330m

Yields: 35 hl/ha

Area: 1.2 ha

The Brothers

LangheLuciano and Luca work together brilliantly. Though they are 20 years apart in age, they share the bond of brotherhood, and each understands implicitly the needs of the winery and how to help each other succeed.

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