Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano DOCG 2013 (Piedmont, Italy) - [JS 94] [WE 93] [RP 91] [AG 90]

Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano DOCG 2013
(Piedmont, Italy) - [JS 94] [WE 93] [RP 91] [AG 90]


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Notes from the Winemaker:
Tortoniano is named for the tortonian-era soils in which the vines are planted, which contain a high percentage of magnesium and manganese. Grape clusters are thinned and harvested up to 15 days later than usual so that the fruit attains higher concentration. Temperatures are strictly controlled during vinification and the wine is aged for two years in large oak casks and one year in bottle before release.

Tasting Notes:
The wine shows layered aromas of rose petals, juniper berries and fine spices. On the palate the acidity is balanced and the tannins are silky, leading to a long finish.

Food Pairing:
This wine is a superlative pairing for fettuccine with porcini, braised red meats, and well-matured cheeses.

Variety: 100% Nebbiolo

Ratings & Reviews



94 Points - James Suckling:
"Aromas of leather, dried strawberries and lavender follow through to a full body, ultra-fine tannins and a racy, beautiful finish. Goes on for minutes. Drink in 2019." - (Jan 2017)

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Lovely scents of rose, violet, perfumed berry, cake spice and a whisper of menthol lead the way on this fragrant red. Savory and precise, the linear luminous palate doles out crushed raspberry, juicy Marasca cherry, licorice and clove. It's well balanced, with fresh acidity and polished tannins. Drink 2020–2028." -KO (Sep 2017)

91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advoate:
"This is Michele Chiarlo's entry-level Barolo that sees fruit sourced from the Cerequio cru. The wine is named after the calcareous marl clay soils of sedimentary marine origin that characterize this site. The soils are from the Tortonian period (nine million years ago). The 2013 Barolo Tortoniano reveals a dry and mineral-rich bouquet. Those aromas are enhanced by bright tones of dried raspberry and cherry." - Monica Larner (Jun 2018)

90 Points - Antonio Galloni:
"Chiarlo's 2013 Barolo is bold and powerful in the glass. Super-ripe dark cherry, smoke, sweet spice, licorice and tobacco give the wine much of its up-front appeal. Although not especially complex, the 2013 will drink well right out of the gate, which makes it an excellent choice for readers who can't cellar wines for the long term. This is an especially succulent, plush style for the year." - Antonio Galloni (Oct 2017)