Vini d'Italia 2016 Gambero Rosso: Tre Bicchieri
92 Points- James Suckling
95 Insider Points
Pedigree: 93 Points -Wine Advocate
The 2011 Gallinotto Barolo from Mauro Molino is a perfect example of a single site wine from this great region, showing a unique set of aromas and flavors specific to this wine. Expect the usual red cherry, rose petal and orange peel, with added hints of bay leaf, sandalwood and red earth. Drinking well above its price point, the wine has perfect balance, powerful fine grain tannin on the finish and great cellar potential. Enjoy now through 2030. - DZ May 2016
A Tre Bicchieri winner, Italy’s most prestigious wine prize. And 92 points from James Suckling: “A red that shows chocolate, hazelnut and plum character on the nose and palate. Full body, velvety tannins and a long and delicious finish. Drink or hold.”
Winemaker and proprietor Mauro Molina owns 1.5 hectares of the Gallinotto vineyard in La Morra, one of those site-specific locations that is the envy of local winemakers or anyone who knows and loves single-vineyard Barolo. From 45-year-old vines in Gallinotto, this 100% Nebbiolo is more supple than many Barolos and shows more forward fruit, and yet it is 100% Barolo, too, displaying the appellation’s power and elegance in every sniff and every sip.
Collectors already know, the 2011 Barolos are incredible. Antonio Galloni writes in Vinous: “The 2011 Barolos continue to surprise. Radiant, open and already quite expressive, the 2011s show terrific potential.” This 2011 is still young, and will be an awesomely electrifying wine after five or ten years of cellaring.
Reasons why we love it:
Although still very young, the Barolo wines made in 2011 are heralded by the wine press and a uniform success. Robert Parker gave 2011 in Barolo 93 points. According to the Barolo Barbaresco Consorzio di Tutela: “Without question, the variety that adapted best to the vintage was, once again, Nebbiolo. The grapes arrived in the winery with all the properties sought after in this area’s great wines: low yields in the vineyard, and an excellent amount of tannins and good colour, as well as a truly interesting aromatic profile.”
This wine spent nine days macerating on the skins (in stainless steel) for maximum extraction and purity. The entire period of fermentation took place over 20 days, followed by aging in French oak barriques (30% new) for 24 months and a further four months in bottle before release.
Proprietor Mauro Molino had the excellent fortune of inheriting his father’s vineyards in the heart of the Barolo DOCG. Molino produced his first Barolo back in 1982 and since then has focused on three “cru” releases from La Morra: Barolo Conca, Barolo Gancia and this—Barolo Gallinotto. Unlike other vineyards in La Morra, Gallinotto has an eastern exposure and tortonian soil, which is slightly richer in organic material than other local sites, producing fuller, fruitier wines.
Garnet red colour, with rich and intense bouquet of ripe fruits. Smooth palate, velvety tannins and long finish.
The company continues to produce wines in Annunziata of La Morra, in the utmost respect of traditions.
The total area amounts to 12 hectares, 50% of which is meant for Nebbiolo for Barolo. The rest is devoted to the production of Barbera d’Alba, Dolcetto d’Alba and, in a smaller quantity, of Roero Arneis.
A lot has changed since the early beginnings: events took place crucial to the continuation of this wonderful adventure of winemaking passion and dedication.
2003: Matteo, Mauro’s firstborn, is now part of the company staff. Matteo, like his father, attended Alba Winemaking School and after graduating, threw himself headlong into the family adventure.
Long passionate about the production of top-quality wines, Matteo showed interest in winemaking and taking care of the vineyards from a very young age.
After learning from Mauro, Matteo, a far-sighted and ambitious young man, brought fresh ideas and innovation to the company, promoting a type of winemaking aimed at enhancing the quality, the elegance and the superiority of the wines.
Another important objective for Matteo and his family is the environmental sustainability and respect for their territory, which has offered them such exceptional opportunites.
2009: Martina, Mauro’s younger daughter, joins the family business together with her father and brother. Martina too graduates from Alba Winemaking School.
After spending time abroad in order to improve her skills in the English language, she returns to La Morra and is ready to give her contribution to the family business.
Thanks to her inquisitive mind and passion for communication, she directs her endeavours towards developing and advertising the company philosophy.
Perfect alongside a rich cut of steak or a creamy cheese dish. The wine will age very well for several more years and will be at its best from 2017 onward.