The Fantino brothers are back at it with only the third-ever release of their superb Laboro bottling, an intentionally declassified Barolo crafted according to near-extinct winemaking methods. No stainless steel, no new wood, no pumping, no filtration, no added yeast or enzymes... all you’ll find is sustainably farmed, old-vine Nebbiolo from one of Monforte d’Alba’s top sites, fermented and aged in traditional old oak casks, and bottled by gravity with minimal sulfur added. Truffles, luscious dark fruit, and intoxicating spices preface this regal Nebbiolo that is so plush and cushiony you can start drinking today, pleasure guaranteed.
|Producer:||A. & G. Fantino|
|Winemaker:||Alessandro & Gian Natale Fantino|
|Aging:||A declassified Riserva, aged in large, old, oak barrels for 5 years, aged in bottle for 12 months before release|
Two brothers, Alessandro and Gian Natale Fantino, run this family estate in Monforte d’Alba. Alessandro managed the vineyards and served as the enologist at Cantina Bartolo Mascarello for 20 years, from 1978 to 1997. The brothers farm eight hectares in the heart of the historic Bussia cru, one of Barolo’s most famous areas for producing wines of great longevity and finesse. The Fantino holdings are concentrated exclusively in the “Dardi” section of Bussia. The brothers also produce a Barbera d’Alba from these ancient vines in Dardi, and a “Rosso dei Dardi” from younger vine Nebbiolo. They are also specialists with several traditional Piemontese wines that are mostly disappearing: Nebbiolo Passito and Barolo Chinato.
You don’t have to be rich to cellar a great wine.