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Ladies and gentlemen, lately we have been witnessing one of the greatest runs that the proud Barolo hills have ever known. Alessandro Fantino seems to be at the height of his powers, and the string of Riservas that he has turned out over the past ten years (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011) are—to my palate, anyway—as good as Barolo gets. The 2011 is a magical vintage that allies the structure of a classic year with the power and concentration of a warm year. You can drink it now (an hour in the decanter is a recommended first step), but we’ll be enjoying this one for many years to come.
|Producer:||A. & G. Fantino|
|Winemaker:||Alessandro & Gian Natale Fantino|
|Vineyard:||60 years, 8 ha in total|
|Aging:||Aged in large oak barrels for 5 years, then in bottle for 12 months|
Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.
Inspiring Thirst, page 312