Sobrero Barolo “Ciabot Tanasio” (93WE, 92WS)
Commune of origin: Castiglione Falletto, sourced from various vineyards: Valentin, Pianta , Ornato
Grape variety: Nebbiolo
Vineyard area: 4.5 hectares
Aspect and altitude: 350 metres, facing south-southwest
Soil profile: Clayey
Training method and vine density: Vertical Guyot, at 5,500 vines per hectare
Average age of producing vineyards: The older section of the vineyard has 50-year-old vines, the younger, recently planted, is 5 years old
Yield per hectare: 80 quintals of grapes
Fermentation and maturation: Controlled fermentation at about 30oC, followed by maceration in steel over 11 to 15 days, with both open and automatic pumpovers at least 3 times daily. The wine completes malolactic in steel and maturation for at least 24 months in oak botti varying in size from 25 to 50 hectolitres.
A strikingly brilliant ruby in appearance, very luminous. The nose, heady and generous, releases complex varietal aromas, with pungent notes of autumn leaves and spice well in evidence, complemented by nuances of tanned leather, liquored dried plum, black liquorice, and cocoa powder. The palate develops impressive fruit, bolstered by a solid charge of tannins that will become supple with bottle ageing. A lively acidity drives a lengthy finish well laced with savoury, succulent fruit.
Serving suggestions: Pot roasts with Barolo, red meat and game, stuffed guinea fowl, first courses featuring meat or mushrooms.