LODALI Barolo Bricco Ambrogio
Deep garnet red colour, large and persistent fragrance with notes of dried flowers and tobacco. Harmonious balanced tannins on the palate with great structure.
Barolo is one of Italy’s greatest wines and is considered to deliver the highest and most powerful expression of the Nebbiolo grape. The Barolo DOCG is situated in the northwestern part of Langhe, on the right bank of the Tanaro River where the river makes a 90 degree turn east. For most of the past century, Barolo was an austere, powerful, and often rustic Piedmontese wine whose fierce tannins and pronounced acidity made it virtually unapproachable in the first decade of its life in bottle. But wines, like fashions, change with the times: today's Barolos are coveted by mainstream wine lovers around the world. Two developments have accounted for this surge in popularity: a revolution in winemaking techniques that has produced Piedmont wines that are more accessible in their youth, and an exciting proliferation of vineyard-designated bottlings, which enables connoisseurs to compare Piedmont wines from different villages and sites.
Region: Barolo DOCG, Piedmont, 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 vineyards located in the municipality of Roddi. The Bricco Ambrogio vineyard is the most important vineyard in the village of Roddi, located just south of the Tanaro river, with soils rich in marine fossils and limestone.
Vinification: Soft pressing, maceration at controlled temperature for about 18 days
Aging: 24 months in barrels, 26Hl oak casks, and 12 months in the bottle