This very special wine is from a single vineyard called Dardi le Rose, on the hill of Bussia, a historically renowned site for great Barolo. The vines are grown at 300 - 350 metres above sea level, with a southern /southwesterly exposure. The grapes are harvested mid-October. The grapes are destalked and pressed, and the must is macerated on the skins for approx 15 days - it undergoes malolactic fermentation. In the spring the wine matures in casks of Slavonian and French oak, part new, for a period of 24 to 28 months.
Warm, open, sensuous nose with aromas of fresh red and dried fruits, leather, brown spices and delicate floral notes. The palate is generous, supple and approachable, combining freshness and youth with complexity, spice and firm but fine-grained tannins. Taut acidity gives balance on the long, nuanced finish. Unusually forward for Barolo of this quality thanks to an exceptional vintage. A wine of depth and class which will develop over 20 years or more.
Perfect with a big veal chop or good buttery egg pasta with shaved black truffle. Also works well with rich fish dishes such as roast turbot.