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2016 Barbaresco “Vicenziana”

Silvio Giamello

Silvio Giamello’s minuscule production numbers and reserved demeanor ensure that his wines stay under the radar. He is a vignaiolo in the truest sense of the term, a farmer whose work in the cellar relies solely on patience, tasting, and the wisdom passed down from previous generations. This entails natural fermentations, aging the wines in botti grandi (oak casks), and bottling them unfiltered. The sunny 2015 vintage gave notably rich wines with aromas of ripe fruit, but some aeration quickly reveals the delicacy and floral notes we love in great Barbaresco—trademarks from this humble master.

Anthony Lynch

$45.00
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Nebbiolo
Appellation: Barbaresco
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Producer: Silvio Giamello
Winemaker: Silvio Giamello
Vineyard: 41 - 48 years, 2 ha total
Soil: Clay with Lime-rich Marl
Aging: Aged in Slavonian oak botti (barrels) of 20-30 hectoliters for 2-3 years
Farming: Traditional
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About Piedmont

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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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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.

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