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2010 Barolo Vigne Vecchie “Cascina Dardi”

A. & G. Fantino

2010 Barolo Vigne Vecchie “Cascina Dardi” A. & G. Fantino - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

Traditional lore in Piemonte's Langhe hills dictates that the best sites to plant Nebbiolo are those where the snow melts first. These are generally south-facing hillsides, where an abundance of direct sun ripens Nebbiolo to its fullest. The Bussia vineyard-and especially the Dardi subsection, home to the Fantino brothers' holdings­undoubtedly represents one of the warmer crus in the Barolo zone, its steep grade and southern exposure ensuring maximum sunshine each vintage. The excellent situation of Bussia and the brothers' expert touch yields a Barolo with the best of all worlds: great typicity, soaring aromatics, fine structure, loads of complexity... While it certainly has classic grippy tannins and firm acidity, its powerful core seems concealed behind a silkiness of fruit that is uncommon for the King of Wines when young. It can be held for many years, but the generous aroma and soft edges make this young Barolo hard to resist. –Anthony Lynch

$55.00
Vintage: 2010
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Nebbiolo
Appellation: Barolo
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Producer: A. & G. Fantino
Winemaker: Alessandro & Gian Natale Fantino
Vineyard: 8 ha in total
Soil: Sandy Clay
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About Piedmont

Kermit’s love affair with the great reds of Piemonte dates back to the early days of his career: the very first container he imported from Italy, in fact, featured legendary 1971 and 1974 Barolos from Vietti and Aldo Conterno. Regular visits since then have seen our portfolio grow to now nine Piemontesi estates, with a strong focus on the rolling hills of the Langhe.

Nebbiolo rules these majestic, vine-covered marl slopes, giving Italy’s most mystifyingly complex, nuanced, and age-worthy reds. When crafted via traditional production methods—long macerations and extensive aging in enormous oak botti—the powerful, yet incredibly refined Barolos and Barbarescos provide haunting aromatics of tar, raspberry, incense, tea, roses, and more. At times austere in their youth but well worth the wait, they pair beautifully with the hearty local cuisine starring veal in many forms, braised beef, pastas like tajarin and agnolotti, and of course, Alba’s famous white truffles.

Surrounded by mountains on three sides, Piemonte’s climate is continental, with baking hot summers and cold winters. Nebbiolo is only part of the story here: juicy, fruity Barberas and Dolcettos represent the bread and butter throughout the region, and other native grapes like Freisa, Croatina, and the white Arneis are also noteworthy. Value abounds in the Monferrato, while Alto Piemonte also has its share of thrills to provide.

Every corner of Piemonte is rich with tradition, especially when wine is concerned. It’s no wonder we have been singing the region’s praises for over forty years.

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For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.

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