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Fratelli Alessandria Barolo del Comune di Verduno 2018


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Fratelli Alessandria has made this Barolo “normale” since 1880!  Starting with the 2017 vintage it took on the name Barolo del comune di Verduno.  From 4ha of Verduno crus: Pisapola, Campasso, Riva Rocca , Boscatto, Rocche dell’Olmo, exposures from South to East.  Harvest in the first part of October. Fermentation in stainless w/ macerations of 12-15 days.  Aged 3 years in Slavonian oak botti of 2000 to 4000L, then settled in tank again for 2 months and bottle-aged for 6 months before release. 20,000 bottles made.

Fratelli Alessandria is a historic and beloved winery in the village of Verduno.  The estate, initially known as Fratelli Dabbene, traces its first commercial wine release back to 1830.  From 1870 on, after a marriage, it has been called Fratelli Alessandria.
Verduno has always played an important role in wine production, contributing to what we think of and love as Barolo today.  Barolo had been a rustic, semi-sweet wine that did not keep or travel well.  The House of Savoy, eventually Italy’s monarchy, owned Castello di Verduno and chose G.B. Burlotto as its official wine supplier.  They installed their royal enologist, General Paolo Francesco Staglieno, who—by improving sanitary conditions, keeping barrels covered and topped up, and insisting on long aging—helped transform Barolo into a dry wine, the “wine of Kings.”

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