Wine Spectator 90 points - This taut red shows cherry and menthol flavors, all balanced by the firm, integrated structure. Shows fine length and follows through with licorice and spice accents. Best from 2018 through 2028. 600 cases made.
(Jun 30 2016)
Stemming from the Nebbiolo grapes of the oldest vineyard of the Einaudi estates in Barolo. A great wine which ages well, of a brilliant garnet red with touches of amber and distinctive orange tinges which intensify with age, of an intense and persistent bouquet, of great body and full taste, austere and velvety. The tannic characteristics guarantee a long life in bottle. With time it acquires complexity as the ethereal aromas of spices, truffles and leather that substitute the fruitiness of the first years of its life.
The production is of 14.000 bottles per year.
|Wine maker notes
|Fermented in steel tanks under strict temperature control (30°C-32°C), racked after 10/12 days, decanted, induced malolactic treatment and completed always at a controlled temperature. Matured for thirty months in barriques and oak casks and refined over a long period, at least six months, in glass.
|It all began in 1897, when 23-year-old Luigi Einaudi (who was to become Italy’s first President in 1948) purchased the first of the Einaudi estates (poderi) at San Giacomo, near Dogliani, in the heart of Dolcetto country. Today, his great-grandson Matteo Sardagna orchestrates production with technical director, Lorenzo Raimondi, and winemaker, Beppe Caviola. Some of the region’s finest vineyard sites are assembled under the Einaudi umbrella. Today, the total surface area of the property, which is made up of twelve farmsteads, is 358 acres, 111 of which are under vine.
The vineyards, in turn, are subdivided into seven terroirs. Four of these are in Dogliani (four hills, one of which is the Vigna Tecc cru, another the premier area of San Luigi). The underground winery, located near the Vigna Tecc cru was renovated between 1993 and 2001. During that time, the winery was gradually doubled in size and includes state-of-the-art barrels and barrique cellars, sophisticated humidity and temperature control systems, and a new-generation bottle cellar stocking over 240,000-270,000 bottles.