Ca' Rome' Barbaresco D.O.C.G. "Chiaramanti" 2009
(Piedmont, Italy)

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About This Wine:

Pure Nebbiolo from the Chiaramanti vineyard in Barbaresco, covering 0.5 hectares (1.2 acres) and planted in 1978 (the average age of vines is thus 32 years old). Its terrain originated in the Tortonian-Messinian era; rich in calcareous clay and magnesium, manganese and zinc, it is made of very fine particles that tend to form layers (silty marls) – therefore highly erosive. Vines are Guyottrained, exposure is southerly, and average altitude is 280 meters, i.e. approx. 920 feet. Grapes are harvested in early to mid-October. After severe selection, fruit is de-stemmed and softpressed.  Maceration on the skins lasts 12 days in stainless steel vats, at a controlled temperature. Malolactic fermentation is completed before the end of winter, and the wine is aged in mediumtoasted French barriques for 12-15 months, then in 2nd-year 25-hl. oak barrels for several more, totaling 2 years in wood. After this period, it is transferred to stainless steel vats to rest 3 months before bottling, then  bottle-ages a further 10 months before release, unfiltered and unclarified. The latter takes place 3 years from harvest. The first vintage of this wine was 2006.

Color: Intense garnet with dark ruby reflections.
Bouquet: Ample, complex, with superb depth; notes of licorice, berry fruit, brushwood, violets, cinnamon and cloves.
Palate: Full-bodied, luscious and well balanced, with a persistent finish of ripe fruit.

Ratings & Reviews

Wine Spectator Magazine (2008 vintage):
"A supple yet dense red, this offers a cherry flavor accented with tobacco and spice notes. The tannins are rustic, and this finishes on the astringent side. Best from 2014 through 2025. 201 cases made." –BS (Dec 31, 2011)

90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine (2007 vintage):
"Tightly wound, delivering sweet spices, cherry and licorice up front, with firm tannins on the back end. There's a nice tension here, and the acidity pushes the length, but this needs time. Best from 2012 through 2022. 275 cases made." –BS (Mar 31, 2011)