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2018 Barolo “Vigna Lazzairasco”

Guido Porro
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A steep, imposing amphitheater sloping up toward the hilltop fortress of Serralunga d’Alba, the Lazzairasco vineyard is the source of some of Guido Porro’s most complex and long-lived wines. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them right away, as is the case with this latest release from the excellent 2018 vintage. Its tannins are already delightfully supple and its fragrant bouquet leaves nothing more to be desired, offering gorgeous aromas of orange zest, faded roses, and a hint of cinnamon stick. Guido is a man of few words, and when I asked his thoughts on the 2018 Lazzairasco, he declared stoically that he considered it a buona annata. I pushed on, inquiring how it compares to other highly acclaimed years such as 2016 and 2019. He simply shrugged. “Those were also buone annate.”

Anthony Lynch

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2018
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Nebbiolo
Appellation: Barolo
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Producer: Guido Porro
Winemaker: Guido Porro
Vineyard: 40 - 45 years, 2 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: Three years in 15- to 25-hl Slavonian oak botti
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About The Region

Piedmont

map of 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 twelve 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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Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

Inspiring Thirst, page 236

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