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Vite Talin Barolo

Vite Talin is a wine born through the careful custody and protection of nature's true and vital expression. Luciano is a curious man, receptive to miracles and surprises, loyal to his land but above all humble and thus patient. A tireless observer, an unstoppable experimenter, an attentive and courageous defender, Luciano probes and interrogates Mother Nature, then accepts, treasures and cultivates her gifts.

 

Il mistero di Madre Natura. L'incontro tra due uomini. L'umiltà del viticoltore.
Il rispetto per la diversità.

VINTAGE

 
  • Barolo DOCG
  • Nebbiolo 100%
  • Complete destemming
  • Warm pre-fermentation maceration under anaerobic conditions
  • Indigenous yeasts only
  • Fermentation in 50 hl upright wooden cask
  • 20-35 days of total maceration, depending on the vintage's specifics, with use of submerged cap when merited
  • After the maceration, the first racking is to separate the wine from the grape solids. The wine is racked to steel for 1 week for the rough less to settle out
  • Then, the wine is racked to French oak tonneaux – 500 l – for malolactic fermentation and 2 years of ageing
  • Over 50% of the tonneaux are new, as the wine's tannin structure requires more new wood
  • Racked to large oval casks of French Oak for 1 year of further refinement
  • Bottled after 3 years total in wood
  • Held in bottle for 3 additional years before release
  • Barolo VITE TALIN is ready for its debut 6 years after its vintage

THE HISTORY

The Marvelous Surprise

In 1987 a single old, gnarly Nebbiolo vineyard facing the castle of Barolo gave Luciano its first fruit. The parcel had a long history: an old farmer and landowner named Natale - nicknamed "Talin" – who, after years of heartfelt work and tireless cultivation, rented his plot to Luciano. An act of faith to a young and curious winemaker, worthy and capable of following in his footsteps. Both of these men are old souls, separated only by a generation. In his constant quest to improve the quality of his vineyards, Luciano let himself be surprised. Among the rows, he noticed a vine of particular character, on whose shoots had grown small and scraggly bunches, with individual grapes much smaller than usual, and of a deep dark bluish plum colour.

Differences need not always frighten, and this plant possessed unique characteristics: a compact vegetation of lower vigour, thick and jagged leaves, a moderate production of both grapes and bunches that were smaller than usual. Traits, however, that would remain stable over time and seasons. Luciano marked the plant, so he could continue to observe it.

Protecting Vitality

In 1987 a single old, gnarly Nebbiolo vineyard facing the castle of Barolo gave Luciano its first fruit. The parcel had a long history: an old farmer and landowner named Natale - nicknamed "Talin" – who, after years of heartfelt work and tireless cultivation, rented his plot to Luciano. An act of faith to a young and curious winemaker, worthy and capable of following in his footsteps. Both of these men are old souls, separated only by a generation. In his constant quest to improve the quality of his vineyards, Luciano let himself be surprised. Among the rows, he noticed a vine of particular character, on whose shoots had grown small and scraggly bunches, with individual grapes much smaller than usual, and of a deep dark bluish plum colour.

Differences need not always frighten, and this plant possessed unique characteristics: a compact vegetation of lower vigour, thick and jagged leaves, a moderate production of both grapes and bunches that were smaller than usual. Traits, however, that would remain stable over time and seasons. Luciano marked the plant, so he could continue to observe it.

Cultivating the Natural Expression

Since 1991, year after year, with care and dedication in both the vineyards and the winery, the resulting wines showed constant results, endowed with a significant structure greater than average. Therefore, while both the plants continued to grow in the vineyards and the vinification experiments proceeded in the cellars of the winery, Professor Schneider's research-team made DNA analysis available and studies on this special plant continued.

 

The Desired Confirmation

DNA techniques and practices of research evolved and reliable results were finally available in 2017: it is a Nebbiolo vine with the highest qualitative characteristics. It was everything Luciano had always believed. The path of this special plant and of this potential Barolo had always been clear to Luciano, and the 2013 vintage, having already matured in wood for 3 years, first in tonneaux and then large casks, was bottled in the early Springtime of 2017 and continue to evolve.

Vite Talin, the birth of a Barolo

It required 25 years of experiments, tests and critical evaluations. In 2019 the first bottle of Barolo Vite Talin 2013 vintage will emerge from the Sandrone winery after 6 years of evolution and refinement. This wine was born and destined to be the one as imagined by Luciano.

"Vite" is the Italian word for vine and it has given in honour of the singular and unique plant. "Talin" to celebrate the elderly owner of the vineyard, the same Talin who believed in the ability, patience and humble winemaking skills of the young Luciano.

The wine is vinified in a large open-topped wooden vat, then matured two years in tonneaux of French oak followed by a year in large casks before being held in bottle for an additional 3 years. Vite Talin is a precious, rich wine, suited to long cellaring, with an intense and impeccable garnet-red colour, of varied and full aromatics which at the moment are predominantly floral and fruity, and with hints of emerging spice notes. The wine is structured and powerful with significant tannins, which promise great potential for long cellaring.

The label also highlights the specific and unique character of Vite Talin: a wine in which the grape's unique character is more intense than the terroir.

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