Vietti 2000 Castiglione Barolo, Piemonte, Italy
Farming: Sustainable with Organic Practice
Terroir: The Castiglione is a combination of 100% Nebbiolo selected from clay-limestone vineyards located in Castiglione Falletto, Monforte, Morra and Novello where the vines are planed an aver of 5,000 plants per hectare. The vines are up to 40+ years old, grown using the Guyot system.
Vinification: After harvest, the grapes are separated by their cru, where they remain so until bottling and experience differentiating techniques depending on their specific site. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel.
Aging: A combination of oak and barriques for approximately 30 months. The wine is finally blended together once aging is finished then bottled.
Tasting Notes: Aromatically this Barolo is delicate with notes of dried roses and violets, red cherries and a hint of fine baking spice. On the palate, the wine has mouth watering tannins with red fruit flavors, dried basil, and a kiss of leather.
Scores: "The 2000 Barolo Castiglione is made principally from grapes of the township of Castiglione Falletto where the Vietti cellars are located. A medium garnet, it features dried fruit and flowers on the nose, a balanced, medium-weight palate, much freshness and force on the mid-palate and the close, and some interesting tar and leather notes for additional complexity." - 90 points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Vietti currently owns 90 acres of vineyards spread over nine communes within Barolo, and in nearly all the key regional appellations, including Barbaresco, Barbera d'Asti and Barbera d'Alba. The estate’s vines are from 10 to over 90 years old. The oldest, planted by Luca’s grandfather Mario, are made into the Vigna Vecchia (old vine) Barbera D’Alba wines.
Each lot of fruit is processed and aging separately with slightly different methods. Fermentation for each lot is performed in stainless steel. The wine is aged for roughly 30 months in oak and barriques, then blended before bottling.
The Vietti winery, now managed by the family’s fifth generation, is based in the small medieval village of Castiglione Falletto, the heart of Piedmont’s famous “Langhe” wine region. Here the Currado family carefully and patiently handcrafts lauded wines that are the result of a unique combination of sun and soil. Although the family has made wine for two centuries, the first Vietti-labeled wines were produced by third-generation Mario, who transformed the family’s farm into a grape growing winery. In 1952 Alfredo Currado married Mario’s daughter Luciana and made a name for Vietti’s single-vineyard Barbera and Barolo. He also put the native Piedmont varietal Arneis on the wine map.
In 1970 the Viettis began working with artists on an ongoing, original artwork label program, featuring Pier Paolo Pasolini and Janet Fish among others, which received an exhibition at New York’s MOMA in 1996. In 1990 Alfredo and Luciana’s son Luca joined the family business as winemaker after working at California's Simi Winery, Opus One, Long Vineyards and Bordeaux's Mouton-Rothschild. His innovative winemaking utilizes a unique combination of the modern and traditional. Luca's focus on terroir is reflected in his careful cultivation and organic farming of more than 25 single vineyards. Recently he eliminated equipment that measures acid and tannin levels in favor of a more intuitive, and wine-specific approach, preferring that wine critics and drinkers apply their own perceptions and preferences to his wines.In 1983 Mario Cordero, Alfredo and Luciana’s son-in-law joined the winery to run marketing and sales. In 2005 Luca’s wife, Elena Penna, started to work in the family winery in marketing and public relations.
One of the first Barolo wineries to select and vinify grapes from a single Barolo vineyard and label as a single cru, Vietti is also credited with rediscovering the almost lost varietal of Arneis. A true icon in the world of wine, Vietti specializes in producing a wide array of DOC and DOCG wines from the region.