LODALI Barbaresco Rocche Dei 7 Fratelli DOCG
The wine has an elegant nose with hints of violets, licorice and fall foliage. The taste is rich and harmonious with dark berry fruit and cherry, and elegantly balanced tannins.
On the right side of the Tanaro, the Barbaresco area is located southeast of the city of Alba. The area is small, three countries (Barbaresco, Neive and Treiso) and the hamlet of San Rocco Seno d'Elvio of the municipality of Alba. DOCG regulations stipulate that Barbaresco wines must be aged for a minimum of 2 years (at least 9 months in oak) prior to release.
Despite being made from the same grape and produced in neighboring areas less than 10 miles from each other, the wines of Barbaresco and Barolo do have some distinct differences. Located south of the river Tanaro, the Barbaresco zone receives a slight maritime influence which allows Nebbiolo to ripen here a little earlier than it does in the Barolo zone. This allows the grape to get to fermentation earlier with a shorter maceration time. The early tannins in a young Barbaresco are not quite as harsh as Barolo and under DOCG rules it is allowed to age for a year less than Barolo.
Region: Barbaresco DOCG, Italy
Varietal: 100% Nebbiolo
Nebbiolo is considered the king of Italian red grapes, prolific in the Piedmont region and the backbone of the internationally renowned wines Barolo and Barbaresco. Nebbia means fog in Italian, and the gentle hills around Langhe, including Alba, are often shrouded in mist. Nebbiolo thrives in soils composed of calcareous marls, conditions that hallmark the Langhe hills.
Nebbiolo is one of the world’s most difficult grapes to cultivate. Unlike other renowned varieties it needs specific growing conditions, including hillside vineyards with marked day-night temperature changes that prolong the growing season. It is one of the first varieties to bud and last variety to ripen. To aid in ripening, producers will often plant Nebbiolo in the most favoured sites on south and southwestern facing slopes, which give the grape more access to direct sunlight.
The grapes for this wine come from the Rocche dei Sette Fratelli vineyard located in the southern part of the municipality of Treiso, which itself is south of the town of Barbaresco. The most spectacular example of the whole Langa is that of the Rocche dei Sette Fratelli. The altitude is ideal for the cultivation of the vine, between 150 and 450 meters above sea level, with the prevalence of the range between 250 and 400 meters Nebbiolo. Here, the soils are formed by Marne di Sant'Agata Fossili (Tortoniano), bluish limestone marl, and are more compact and produce complex, structured and weather-resistant wines.
Vinification: Soft pressing, maceration at controlled temperature for about 12 days
Aging: 12 months in French and Slovenian barrels, followed by 6 months in the bottle.