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Giacomo Fenocchio 'Villero' Barolo 2017
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This is a red wine imageGiacomo Fenocchio 'Villero' Barolo 2017

$66.13$49.95
 
James Suckling 97
"Such beautiful aromas with sweet-berry and floral character. Some cedar and sandalwood, too. Full-bodied with firm, round tannins. Lots of tar and asphalt to the pretty fruit. Very elegant at the end. Extremely attractive now, but will age beautifully. Such finesse and complexity. Try after 2023."

Decanter 95
"Giacomo Fenocchio is a truly authentic vintner of the Bussia vineyard. Although the Villero MGA has a southwesterly exposure, his plot is mostly south-facing. This vintage is ... read more
This is a red wine
Item ID: #42249
Shelf at store:91e
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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James Suckling 97
"Such beautiful aromas with sweet-berry and floral character. Some cedar and sandalwood, too. Full-bodied with firm, round tannins. Lots of tar and asphalt to the pretty fruit. Very elegant at the end. Extremely attractive now, but will age beautifully. Such finesse and complexity. Try after 2023."

Decanter 95
"Giacomo Fenocchio is a truly authentic vintner of the Bussia vineyard. Although the Villero MGA has a southwesterly exposure, his plot is mostly south-facing. This vintage is restrained and elegant. Liquorice root, smoky woodland, wild strawberry: an extremely classic nose, with some rhubarb minerality. The attack is velvety, full of fruit concentration yet stern, even if without dryness or bitterness. Dusty on the finish, the acidity carries the long cherry kernel notes. A classic Barolo built to age."

The Wine
From one-hectare of 65 year old vines in the cru of Villero
300 meters elevation
Iron-rich calcareous clay soils
Spontaneous fermentation and skin maceration over 40 days
Aged 36 months in large Slavonian oak casks prior to bottling
500 cases produced annually.

The Estate
Among my favorite Barolos are those from Giacomo Conterno, Bartolo Mascarello, Giacomo Fenocchio, Burlotto and Cavalotto.Claudio Fenocchio is a master at crafting classic Barolos that beautifully express their pedigreehis noninterventionalist approach in the cellars ensures that their individual terroirs shine through From the terrace of his house and cellars on top of the hill overlooking his Bussia Sottana vineyards, Claudio demonstrates how small the entire Barolo growing zone really is: two hills over to the left of his Bussia vineyard is Cannubi, while on the right, the next hill over is Villero. The altitudes for all are pretty much the same300 meters for Bussia and Villero and 280 meters for our vineyards in Cannubi. Kerin OKeefe, Barolo and Barbaresco

Five generations of Fenocchios have been producing wine from their holdings in Monforte dAlba since 1894. Most of the production was sold locally up until 1964, when the ambitious and energetic Giacomo Fenocchio took over the estate. In his quest to make the finest wines in all of Barolo, he purchased prime parcels in Cannubi and nearby Castellero, but his focus was always on what he liked to call the heart of the Barolo area, the Bussia.

In April of 1989, Giacomo passed away, leaving his young son Claudio to take over all farming and winemaking duties for the estate. As Claudio explains it, it was a challenging time for Barolo. Many producers were pushing a new way to make Barolo, and having great commercial success; but Claudio never strayed from the path of tradition. He continued producing his wines with the time honored techniques of the classic style: organic farming, with long fermentations on the skins and aging only in large Slavonian oak casks. Today Claudios wines exhibit a level of terroir clarity that is only found in the top echelon of producers. If youre looking for the next star winemaker in Italy, look no further. In October of 2014, The New York Times rated Fenocchio in second position in a tasting of 2010 Barolos coming behind only Elio Altare and ahead of Elio Grasso, Massolino, and Vietti. Claudio now manages 14 hectares of vineyards in Barolo, Castiglione Falletto and of course, the Bussia of Monforte. Total average annual production is about 8,000 cases.

With prices that frankly do not come close to approximating the astronomical quality of the wines, its painfully obvious that Fenocchio should be on the radar of Barolo lovers everywhere.

Farming Practice:Sustainable

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Giacomo FenocchioFive generations of Fenocchios have been producing wine from their holdings in the heart of the Bussia in Monforte d'Alba since 1894. Most of the production was sold locally up until 1964, when the ambitious and energetic Giacomo Fenocchio took over for the estate. His goal was to make the finest wines in all of Barolo, so he purchased prime parcels in some of the best crus in the Langhe – including Villero in Castiglione Falletto and Cannubi.

Today, Giacomo's son Claudio has taken over winemaking duties for the estate, continuing his father's tradition of making pristine wines from the greatest vineyards in Barolo. Use whichever word you want, minimalist, traditionalist, non-interventionist, – all that matter is that Claudio's wines exhibit a level of terroir clarity that is only found in the top echelon of producers. If you're looking for the next star winemaker in Italy, look no further. Just recently, The New York Times rated Fenocchio number 2 in a tasting of Barolos – coming behind only Elio Altare and ahead of Elio Grasso, Massolino, and Vietti. Claudio manages some 7 hecatres of vineyards in Barolo, Castiglione Falletto and of course, the Bussia of Monforte. Total average annual production is about 3,000 cases.

With prices that frankly do not come close to approximating the astronomical quality of the wines, it's painfully obvious that Fenocchio should be on the radar of Barolo lovers everywhere.

Farming Practice:Sustainable

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