2019 #Piemonte | Vietti winery, Castiglione Falletto
Updated: Jan 7, 2020
Vietti is iconic, chic and classy. The estate I'm in love with. It is simply impossible to miss it if you are travelling to Barololand. Vietti is a must visit place for any #winegeek or just a wine lover. The winery has a long history and produces superb wines, worth the highest attention though. My visit was planned originally for about an hour and a half, but finally it took almost three hours, which flew away like an eye blink and I appreciate every single minute of it. Definitely will come back.
Vietti's history starts more than a hundred years ago, in the beginning of 20th century Patriarch Mario Vietti crafted the first #Vietti wines. He built a great viticulture and winemaking business based on a family farm. In the 50s Alfredo Currado continued to run the business, producing high quality wines at the estate, so Vietti grew up as one of the top producers in #Piemonte. Alfredo was one of the pioneers and drivers of a cru vinification & winemaking concept. In the 60s he spent a lot of time to rediscover and understand Arneis, indigenous white variety of Piemonte, which is the most famous white wine from #Roero area nowadays. Alfredo Currado was called "the father of Arneis" because of that.
In the 70s Alfredo and Luciana Currado, together with local artists, have created new labels for Vietti wines, which are still continuing to be such amazing (truly true, see later below). In the 80s Alfredo's son-in-law Mario Cordero came to join #Vietti running sales & marketing of the estate. In the 90s Alfredo and Luciana’s son Luca Currado, super talented enologist, began taking care of Vietti's winemaking and vineyards' stuff.
Vietti estate owns 35 hectares under vine and produces #Barolo crus like Rocche di Castiglione, Lazzarito, Brunate, Ravera and Villero. Try them all, you will never be mistaken with the highest quality and finesse.
The estate is located right in the heart of Castglione Falletto town, right in front of the church, on the stunning hills of Langhe. "La casa della Mamma" (=mother's house) stands right overlooking the vineyards...
...Luca's house is located on the background.
The #winery entrance is in between, all the vinification facilities are located behind "La casa della mamma" and the cellars are deep underground, of course.
Vinification #vessels are made only of stainless steel, and all are of very different sizes, but somehow mainly of cylindrical elongated shape.
And there are some teeny tiny cutie ones as well.
As explained, this horizontal-shaped #tank was taken as experimental one, but seems a result of vinification process was not that exciting as expected, so now it is not in use.
Slalvonian oak botti of ideal condition.
One of the first vintages of Vietti Cerequio, will be introduced to the market in 2022, already awaiting for it.
French oak #barrels carefully stored on the two-storey constructions. Light green shutters at the background, by the way, is a door, from which all the casks are being uploaded into the cellar - the only way to bring them inside.
Tasting room is small, but comfy.
Super old labels like vintages 1961 and 1966 can be found proudly kept here.
The labels painted during many years by different local artists, estate's friends, also can be found here.
I love the one with rabbit drinking wine. Stylish.
Guide to the history of labels with authors' naming. By the way, my lovely rabbit with a glass of #wine is painted in 2004 by Leonid Sokov, whose name sounds like Russian.
Moving to the wines of Vietti, I would like to mention from the beginning that all of them are exceptional. Luca is definitely a genius and super talented #oenologist, no doubts. Barolos are especially my endless love. Vietti's style is absolutely ideal for my personal palate - elegant, charming, seductive, intelligent, complicated and enigmatic. Strong but super soft tannins, purely elegant structure, crystal clear aromas and super complex flavours... You never know what this Barolo will open to you in a next couple of minutes, it is so interesting and complex, so you would spend a couple of hours with a glass of Rocche di Castiglione and never notice how much time already passed. Love them all. Ones of the best I've tried in Barololand. And yes, let's touch again my favorite topic (it is always important), they are so approachable that you even don't think about those classic talks about Barolo like "Super strong grippy tannins, austere wine, wait for another 20 years to drink it". Forget it, really, you can drink #Vietti Barolos right now, with your eyes shut, no matter if it is the youngest vintage on the label, they are already amazingly beautiful. And, of course, they will be still chic and even more complex after 20-30 years of ageing.
Roero Arneis DOCG
Grapes: Arneis 100%
Vinification: alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel
Ageing: in stainless steel on fine lees, no malolactic
Nose: lemon zest, green melon, fresh-cut-grass, crushed gravel
Palate: medium body, crisp acidity
Crispy wine, full of citrus notes and green #fruit flavours. Very vibrant, nervious and refreshing, liked it a lot. The grapes for this wine come from vineyards located in the middle of the Roero area, in Santo Stefano, the vines are about 25 y.o. Food pairing possibilities are almost endless: seafood, vegetables, light soups, white meat, creamy cheeses... Try it and let me know then what do you think.
Dolcetto d'Alba DOC Tre Vigne
Grapes: Dolcetto 100%
Vinification: alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel, malolactic in stainless steel
Ageing: in stainless steel
Nose: black cherry, blackberry, raspberry, wild strawberry
Palate: soft tannins, well-balanced
Very fruitforward and juicy wine, simple but made of an excellent quality. Super easy drinking (be careful to drink whole bottle and do not even notice it), everyday wine pairing perfect with casual food.
Barbera d'Alba DOC Tre Vigne
Grapes: Barbera 100%
Vinification: alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel about 2 weeks, malolactic in stainless steel
Ageing: 1 year mixed in stainless steel, big oak casks and oak barriques
Nose: red cherry, violet, dried rose, cloves
Palate: medium acidity, round texture
The grapes for this #Barbera come from three different vineyards located in Monforte d'Alba, Castiglione Falletto and La Morra. It is made of grapes grown on old vines 25-40 y.o. on limestone and clay soils. Pure black fruit aromas, with hints of pepper, well integrated oak, soft tannins and a long finish. Bright and lively, can be a good summer wine served a bit chill.
Barbera d'Asti DOCG Tre Vigne
Grapes: Barbera 100%
Vinification: cold maceration, alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel about 2 week, again cold maceration for 1 week, malolactic in oak
Ageing: 18 months mixed in stainless steel, big oak casks and oak barriques
Nose: cherry, wild strawberry, pepper, cinnamon
Palate: dry, medium body
Barbera grapes come from Agliano Terme vineyards around Asti give fresh black fruits and red berries' aromas, ageing in #oak gives it sweet spices and vanilla flavours. Very pleasant wine, easy drinking and enjoyable. Should be a good match with grilled vegetables, soups, pasta and white meat.
Langhe Nebbiolo DOC Perbacco
Grapes: Nebbiolo 100%
Vinification: alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel about 3-4 weeks, each parcel separately, malolactic in oak
Ageing: 2 years in oak
Nose: raspberry, mushroom, eucalyptus, vanilla
Palate: strong tannins, intense, complex
Great Langhe #Nebbiolo, well balanced, perfect structured, young and powerful. The grapes come from different vineyards of Barolo and Barbaresco area, giving the wine a mixed and in the same time unique taste of the whole #Langhe zone.
Barolo DOCG Castiglione
Grapes: Nebbiolo 100%
Vinification: alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel, different crus are vinified separately
Ageing: 30 months in oak big casks and barriques
Nose: dried herbs, cranberry, earthy, leather
Palate: high tannins, long finish
Classic Barolo #blend of the estate, can be an entry level for newcomers to Barolo world. Grapes are grown in the different vineyards of the zone, planted on clay and limestone soils. Beautiful wine with fine aromas, juicy palate and powerful tannins. Rigid structure and long pleasant finish makes it truly enjoyable. Approachable, can drink now, but has a lot of potential for further ageing though.
Barolo DOCG Rocche di Castiglione
Grapes: Nebbiolo 100%
Vinification: alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel about 4 weeks with maceration on skins, pre and post fermentative maceration with the traditional method of submerged cap, malolactic in oak
Ageing: 30 months in Slavonian oak casks
Nose: truffles, dried rose, liquorice, cloves
Palate: elegant, persistent
This was 2016 vintage, which is not on the market yet, so I was really happy to have a chance to try it exclusively. And this is OMG-wine. Stylish, sophisticated, one of my favorite Barolos tasted from all the estates in Langhe. Rocche di Castiglione cru is located in La Morra area, on the north of Barololand, where Nebbiolo is born to become the most elegant and beautiful #Barolo. The vines in this cru are super old, planted in 40s, 50s and 60s on clay-limestone soils, giving very complex and powerful #wine. Silky tannins, perfectly balanced, multylayered, intense and earthy. Lovely astonishing Barolo, immediately jumped in to my favorites list.
Lots of thanks to super nice lady Anna, who managed my visit and tasting in such great welcoming way, so I would definitely come back soon.