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Awarded a Platinum & Best in Show medal and 97 points at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).
The famous and spectacular scenery of the Langhe of Piedmont is the backdrop to the small family business of (now) Claudio Alario, which was founded in the early 1900s. They are located in Diano d’Alba, a small rural village, situated on soft, green hills to the east of the main Barolo zone. For three generations, the business had solely dedicated itself to the care and cultivation of vines and the sale of grapes, and it is only thanks to Claudio that they have - relatively recently - arrived at their own winemaking and bottling of their own wines. In 1988, Claudio, fresh out of oenology college with his degree, set to at producing his own Langhe wines. He/they started by producing only Dolcetto, progressively advancing with Barbera to Nebbiolo, arriving in 1995 at their first Barolo. Their vineyards, situated in the municipalities of Diano d’Alba, Serralunga d’Alba and Verduno, vary in age between 20 and 50 years old; all enjoy particularly privileged exposures.
This Barolo hails from the Serralunga municipality, and is drawn from the Sorano cru which lies at the very north of the crus of that zone (with an exposure to the SW).
Although quite brief, see the link below - a fiche technique/technical note from the winemaker himself - for more details of the winemaking and elevage.
Only 4,000 bottles of the 2015 were made.
Tasting note: as the DWWA19 panel said,"This authoritative and complex Barolo is a great harbinger for everything the 2015 vintage holds, as well as being an outstanding representative of its DOCG. It's relatively deep in colour, with lifted, seductive, pristine aromas which suggest roses, threshed grain and straw matting as well as refined plum, redcurrant and pomegranate fruits. It's still deep-textured and detaining, with choice gastronomic tannins, yet the beautifully stewarded fruits are already offering complexity and nuance. Further bottle age will only add to the allusive layers. An effortless classic, into which much effort has doubtless gone".
ABV = 14.5%.