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Fratelli Alessandria 'Monvigliero' Barolo 2017
This is "THE" wine. The most opulent, the show-stopper. A wine to marvel at and to guzzle when you're in the mood to set the world on fire! The small village of Verduno is the home of Pelaverga, but less than a dozen local producers have stayed true to Verduno’s special grape. It’s this sun-bleached hamlet, kissed by the breezes coming off the river Tanaro, that the Alessandria family calls home. The Alessandria "brothers" have been farming grapes and making Barolo in the ancient village of Verduno since the 1800's. Indeed they and some of their neighbours were among the very first to bottle the dry, complex and age-worthy Nebbiolo that Barolo is now famous for. Today, the actual brothers are Gian Battista and Alessandro, with Alessandro's son Vittore increasingly at the helm, and they work together much the same as their family has for generations. Farming is crucial: they use organic principles in all of their 30 hectares of vineyards.
96 Points Antonio Galloni... The 2017 Barolo Monvigliero marries the raciness of the year with the floral lift and elegance of this great Verduno site. More than anything, the 2017 is a Barolo of pure and total sensuality. Even so, there is more than enough tannin to allow the 2017 to drink well for many years to come. It is very clearly one of the wines of the vintage. The rich, substantial finish is a thing of real beauty.
96 Points - Vinous The 2017 Barolo Monvigliero marries the raciness of the year with the floral lift and elegance of this great Verduno site. More than anything, the 2017 is a Barolo of pure and total sensuality. Even so, there is more than enough tannin to allow the 2017 to drink well for many years to come. It is very clearly one of the wines of the vintage. The rich, substantial finish is a thing of real beauty.
95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Here is the most representative wine by Fratelli Alessandria. It has been in production since 1978, making it the oldest expression of this popular cru. The 2017 Barolo Monvigliero draws its fruit from the village of Verduno where this historic winery makes its home. Like most of these samples, I opened the bottle with generous lead time, and the wine opened beautifully, albeit slowly, as a result. This bodes well for the aging potential of this bottle. It shows delicate aromas of wild berry and rose, and there is an underlying mineral note that appears with delicate intensity in this vintage. This 2017 expression is, however, less floral and peppery than we have seen in the cooler vintages, and the alcohol content is stronger at 15%.
95 Points - Wine Enthusiast Enticing aromas of wild red berries, iris, pipe tobacco and camphor shape the alluring nose. Full-bodied but with an almost weightless elegance, the palate delivers raspberry compote, blood orange, star anise and mineral notes suggesting tangy oyster shell alongside fine-grained tannins. You'd never guess the hefty alcohol content thanks to the great fruit, freshness and balance.
93 Points - James Suckling Spicy cherry aromas and flavors with some citrus rind and mild tobacco. Medium-to full-bodied with intense flavor, fine and firm tannins and a tangy, orange-marmalade tinge to the finish.