Killer Barolo from a Legendary Producer at a Great Price!

Killer Barolo from a Legendary Producer at a Great Price!

Posted on Jan, 13. 2012 by

Categories: Wine

I’ve had my eye on this wine ever since I tasted it briefly at an Italian restaurant in Richmond several weeks ago. Enotaca Sogno is run by Gary York, a former Charlottesvillian known to many around town who’s also an expert on Italian wines. Over dinner at his place one night (which I highly recommend, BTW), he swung by my table to interrupt the conversation with “you’ve GOT to try this”. He poured me a small taste with his hand over the label, and asked me what I thought it should cost. It was clearly very classy Barolo, complex palate, very impressive, so I guessed it would be north of $100 on his wine list. But when he showed me what it was, and told me its wholesale price, I was blown away…

The wine was the 2007 Vietti Barolo Castiglione. The Vietti estate is run by Luca Currado, generally regarded as one of the top winemakers and consultants in Barolo right now. I have had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times on my trips there, and have always been impressed by his warmth and charm for a person as highly revered as he is. Just last week, Antonio Galloni of the Wine Advocate featured him in his video series on Barolo, which can be seen here: http://www.erobertparker.com/members/ag/ag184.asp (I believe this works, but you may need to be a subscriber).

Castiglione is their baseline Barolo, a blend of several of the estate’s Cru vineyards, places like Bricco Fiasco, Ravera and Fossati. For my money it’s one of (if not THE) best base-level Barolo made each year. And recall that 2007 was a great vintage in Barolo, with the wines I’ve tasted across the broad showing exceptionally well. Interestingly, this vintage is drinking well right off the bat (unlike most) — while these wines will certainly improve with age, this can be consumed now and deliver great pleasure.

Galloni published a strongly enthusiastic review of the wine last year and gave it a great score:

The 2007 Barolo Castiglione deftly balances the open, radiant personality of the vintage with considerable underlying structure. Warm, dense and full-bodied, the 2007 Barolo Castiglione flows effortlessly across the palate with generous fruit and fabulous overall balance. The wine was even better when I tasted it from bottle a few months later. It is another overachieving wine from Vietti and a bottle that is exceedingly fairly priced. 93 points. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027.

Whether you are a savvy Barolo connoisseur, got recently introduced to it through the Guild, or are curious to try it for the first time to see what the fuss is all about, this would be a great wine for you. Complexity, class, accessibility, and a very affordable price for the overall quality, this is a great choice all around. Highly recommended!

We’re expecting this wine to arrive by the end of the month.

2007 Vietti Barolo Castiglione, Piedmont, Italy
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $37.40 • Premier Cru: $38.60 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $48.0
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