This is only the second vintage of the Briccolina vineyard that we have offered to our U.S. Patrons List! Since its inception, Barolo Briccolina has been special. Known as the “Ambassador of Serralunga,” this important Cru has been referenced in publications dating back to 1879 as the very pinnacle of Serralunga vineyards.
Briccolina is a very special site that sits at 340 meters above sea level with a curved west to southwest orientation. The vineyard has a very high concentration of clay and calcareous soil, giving great depth to the final wine. We are extremely meticulous with our grape selection here, green harvesting at least three times during the growing season to focus each vine’s energy on the highest quality clusters. In the cellar, we do a very long, traditional maceration for 50-60 days, giving the highest level of concentration and extraction of the skins, then ferment in open top vats in the classic style of Barolo. This produces a wine that is very floral but structured for long aging, with very delicate tannins and intense aromatics.
In 2014, following mild winter temperatures, spring appeared early in the vineyards of the Langhe. Rainfall during the summer was above average, requiring us to pay special attention to avoid fungal attacks. Deciding precisely when and how best to manage and treat the vineyards proved to be more important than ever for the health of the grapes, especially given our organic and biodynamic approach. The result was lower yields than in the past, and we were grateful for the even temperatures in September, with good day-night temperature variations which continued throughout October. This proved to be all-important for the ripening of the grapes and the composition of their phenolic profile.
If you have seen this bottling in the past, you may have recognized that the label color has changed. With the 2014 vintage and going forward, I have chosen to highlight a color that has always accompanied the historical labels and winery logo since the 1950s – Cyan. In color symbolism, Cyan represents trust, loyalty, wisdom, intelligence and confidentiality. It also expresses peace and helps concentration. These ideas exemplify our identity as a biodynamic producer and our focus on our land. Above all, this dramatic color denotes a very special vineyard and a unique wine.
Note that the 2014 vintage is yet to be reviewed, see the latest review on the 2013 vintage - "Violet, rose petal, dried hay, grilled herb and balsamic aromas all merge together on this delicious red. Full bodied and elegantly structured, the tight savory palate delivers wild strawberry, crushed raspberry, tobacco and star anise alongside firm refined tannins. Fresh acidity lends balance and tension. Drink 2023–2033.” - Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, 95 points