Perman Wine Selections Friday Feature – 10/8/10

Hello and Happy Friday!

Get excited folks – the 2006 Vietti Barolo “Castiglione” is here!

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, dollar for dollar this is the best Barolo value you can buy. It may not be the least expensive, it certainly isn’t the most expensive, but based on the quality, ability to age, and just sheer deliciousness, this is a Barolo that no fan of the region should miss.

Back in June of this year I took a trip to Piemont and focused my tastings on the Barolo region, meeting with ten of the top wineries. It is an exciting time to taste in Piedmont because of the string of excellent vintages.

Vintage 2006 is truly special. There are very few winemakers, journalists, retailers, etc. that will say anything different. The majority of wines offer the uncanny ability to drink well now, and age for a long time.

So I urge you to read on about this great wine, and secure some for yourself today!

Have a great weekend,
Craig

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2006 VIETTI BAROLO “CASTIGLIONE”
Why Vietti? Well as you may notice by the fact that at least one Vietti wine is on my shelves at all times – across the board this producer makes outstanding wines, easily a top three winery of the region in my book.

This didn’t just happen by accident. Vietti is the longest established family owned winery in Piedmont. Bottling under the Vietti label started in 1919 by Mario Vietti.

In the 1950’s, Alfredo Currado, the husband to Luciana Vietti, took over and expanded the vineyards and production. Alfredo was one of the few winemakers at the time to vinify wines from single vineyards. He had the exceptional foresight to purchase some of the best vineyards of the region. He also began to resurrect the Arneis varietal in the 1960’s.

Modern day Vietti is still a family affair, Luca Currado is the winemaker, and his wife Elena is the person that seemingly keeps it all together. Mario Cordero, who is the husband of Emanuela (Alfredo’s daughter) is also responsible for production, marking and sales.

Luca is a fantastic winemaker. Not only is he making some of the best Barolo ever produced by Vietti, but his work with Barbera has been nothing short of brilliant. In my mind, he makes the best group of Barbera’s in Piedmont.

Today we are focused on the Vietti Barolo called “Castiglione.” The grapes for this wine come from various communes including: Castiglione Falletto, Monforte, Barolo and Novello. The vine age ranges from 7 to 35 years, and yields are kept very low at 38 hl/ha.

Vinification for all Barolo’s produced at Vietti are relatively similar. With Castiglione, the fermentation occurs over a 15-day period, with daily cap submersion. This is about half that time of the single vineyards, one of the reasons why Castiglione is typically softer in its youth.

Below is a tasting note from Antonio Galloni of The Wine Advocate.

“The 2006 Barolo Castiglione is frighteningly outstanding, considering it is Vietti’s entry-level Barolo! There is incredible density and power in the glass as waves of fruit caress the palate with tons of richness. Sweet menthol, flowers and spices add complexity to the long, stupendous finish. In 2006 the Barolo Castiglione is a blend of fruit from Bricco Fiasco (except for the lower part of that plot), Ravera, Fossati and Bricco Ravera. The Barolo Castiglione is usually approachable pretty much upon release, but in 2006 the wine has so much fatness it will probably benefit from a few years in bottle. Barolo is never inexpensive, but the Castiglione is as good a wine as readers will find for the money. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2026. 92+ Points.”

The best news that I have for you today is that the 2006 Vietti Barolo “Castiglione” is available to all of you folks out there in email land. There is good supply of this wine. Vietti has shipped this wine at two separate times, so while I only have access to a few cases now, lots more is on there way in the next three or four weeks. Most of you will be putting this away, but if you need some now to try, I have it.

Do not miss this!
$47.99 BTL. / $287.94 SIX-PACK CASE

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A FEW BOTTLES REMAIN OF THE VIETTI SINGLE VINEYARD BAROLOS!
With around 3,000 bottles produced of each of Vietti’s famed single vineyard wines – it is difficult to offer this out to the masses.

This year I emailed those customers that have purchased the single vineyard wines before, as well as known Barolo enthusiasts. After their orders have been filled, I will have a few bottles of each wine left to sell.

These are monumental wines for any wine collector!
2006 Vietti Barolo “Brunate” – $123.99 btl. (95+ Points, Wine Advocate)
2006 Vietti Barolo “Lazzarito” – $123.99 btl. (97 Points, Wine Advocate)
2006 Vietti Barolo “Rocche” – $123.99 btl. (97 Points, Wine Advocate)

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