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ALESTE Barolo 2013

 

Tasting notes

ALESTE 2013 is the result of a classic year.

Its aromatic complexity is expressed at every turn of the glass. The aromatic hints of Asian spices, oak and black fruits are simply captivating. As is typical for cooler vintages, there are significant floral tones of rose petals and hibiscus. These are supplemented by aromas of cigar, cedar, black licorice and white ground pepper.


On the palate, the sense of volume is palpable, dominated by dark sweet cherries and black raspberries. This is a wine that delights all the senses. There is indeed a vibrancy, which gives personality to this wine, and the freshness of the acidity balances the opulent tannins.


ALESTE Barolo 2013 will be a particularly long-lived wine that needs patience. Its present structure makes this wine complete, but still very young: it will reach its optimal drinking period in 12 – 15 years.

 

Ratings for the vintage 2013
Wine Advocate 97 points
James Suckling 95 points
Vinous 97+ points
Wine Spectator 94 points
Wine Enthusiast 97 points
Wine&Spirits 95 points 
Falstaff 97 Punkte
Vini Buoni d`Italia 3 stelle
I Vini di Veronelli 3 stelle
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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