Vietti Barolo "Brunate" DOCG 2017
(Piedmont, Italy) - [JS 96] [JD 96] [WA 95] [VM 94]
Regular price $250.00 Sale price $178.97 Save $71.03
Located in the heart of the Langhe hills, at the top of the village of Castiglione Falletto, the Vietti wine cellar was founded in the late 1800s by Carlo Vietti. Alfredo Currado married Luciana Vietti and is largely responsible for the resurrection of the Arneis grape. Today the estate is led by Luca Currado Vietti and his wife Elena.
In 2016 the historic winery was acquired by Krause Holdings, enabling Luca and Elena Currado, the fourth generation in charge of the Vietti brand, to add a number of prized crus to the estate’s holdings, all while maintaining the family approach for which the cellar has always been known.
The grapes are selected from the historical Cru Brunate, located in La Morra, on the south side towards Barolo, with about 4,600 plants per hectare. The average age of the vines is 54 years old; the soil is a mix of limestone and clay. The grapes are gently crushed and fermented for 3 weeks in stainless steel tanks with skin contact. This time includes pre- and post- fermentative maceration with the traditional method of submerged cap. Malolactic takes place in barriques.
Aging: The wine is aged for 32 months in big oak barrels and barriques and bottled without filtration.
Intense ruby-red colour. Explosive, powerful and generous nose. Fruity notes of plum, citron and grapefruit, along with spicy overtones. In the glass it gradually shows violet aromas, very typical of the Brunate vineyard. Full and intense on the palate. The tannins are soft, round and velvety, distinctive of the La Morra terroir. Licorice root noticeable on the finish.
Food Pairings: Red meats, roasts, wild game
Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo,
Alcohol: 14.37 Alc. by vol.
Total Acidity: 5.77 g/L
Total dry extract: 31.0%
Ratings & Reviews
96 Points - James Suckling:
"Beautiful, sweet fruit and perfumes on the nose with fresh flowers, such as roses. Full-bodied with fine, dusty tannins and a long, persistent finish. Very caressing. Builds on the palate at the end. Drink after 2024." (Jun 2021)
96 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"Sourced from an average of 54-year-old vines in Brunate of La Morra, the 2017 Barolo Brunate was aged for 32 months in large oak cask and barriques. It offers brooding aromas of licorice, dried currant, and cedar. Congruent on the palate with mineral-rich turned earth, there is a firmly built structure with balance. Drink 2024-2050." - Audrey Frick (5/27/2021)
95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"A release of 4,981 bottles, the Vietti 2017 Barolo Brunate is beautifully rich and fleshed out, with balanced fruit weight and inner structure. The bouquet reveals tart cherry and cassis, but the Brunate also shows a more delicate side, with crushed flowers, dried violet and polished stone. The power of this cru creeps up on the palate, where you feel the tightness of its fiber and tannins. Following that delicate aromatic preface, this Barolo ultimately delivers a strong, cellar-worthy performance." - Monica Larner (Jun 2021)
94 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2017 Barolo Brunate is a powerful, brooding wine. Huge dark fruit, leather, spice, menthol and dried herbs all build in a potent Barolo that is enshrouded by tannins. The 2017 is going to need quite a bit of time in the cellar. Today, it is very much a brooding powerhouse. Dark wild cherry, licorice, tar, menthol and spice take shape in the glass, but the 2017 is clearly an infant, and an unruly one at that." Antonio Galloni (Feb 2021)