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LE VIGNE Barolo 2009


Tasting notes

Dark red garnet. Big, forward aromas, with deep and ripe fruit, hints of vanilla and wood. Expressive in the nose, excellent black cherries and blackberries. On the palate, it possesses great balance, length and minerality, with complex balsamic notes, mountain herbs and spices and the tannins are beginning to smooth out and integrate, undoubtedly from the higher-altitude site Conterni.

Great fruit, intense tannins and good acidity – it is all there, requiring only patience to knit together.

Long, dry finish; the tannins just need time. The expressive fruit of the 2009 vintage is still front and center.


Ratings for the vintage 2009
Wine Advocate 95 points
Stephen Tanzer 93 points
Vinous 94 points
Wine Enthusiast 95 points
Wine&Spirits 86 points 

Falstaff 95 Punkte
Gambero Rosso 2 bicchieri 4 grappoli
Vini Buoni d'Italia 4 stelle
I Vini di Veronelli 3 stelle / 95 points
James Suckling 95 points
Decanter 82 points


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Evolution of the vintage 2009

The 2009 agricultural campaign began with a winter distinguished by heavy snowfalls and a rainy early spring, guaranteeing excellent soil water reserves, averting any water stress-related problems which could have occurred due to the almost total lack of rain and the intense heat during the summer months, especially during the second half of August. A rainy April combined with mild temperatures to contribute to the appearance of slight symptoms of downy mildew, fortunately staying in a scale which could have compromised the vintage, because the month of May was dry and ventilated.

The phenological development of the vine began late, but it recovered immediately, resulting almost everywhere in the harvest being brought forward.

From a wine-making point of view, this situation certainly offered good potential for a vintage which could prove to be among the very best of recent years.

The general pattern seen in the 2009 vintage demands giving serious consideration to the vineyard. In fact, wherever vineyard management and planting decisions were shown to be correct, the quality of the product proved to be higher. The use of appropriate, timely vineyard management techniques catered for higher quality production, underlining and increasing the difference between the vineyard management plans failing to see the influence of the climate and the development of the vine.

Harvest took place from October 8th until 14th.





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