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Aurelio Settimo Barolo DOCG Piedmont 2008
- Varietal: Nebbiolo
- Country: Italy
- Region: Piedmont
- Unit Size: 750 ml
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Wine Spectator 95 Points
This is really singing today, packed with licorice, leather, cherry, tobacco and menthol aromas and flavors. The tannins are rounding out, and though not a powerhouse, this still shows persistence, with an aftertaste of spice and licorice. Approachable now, but should evolve even more with time. Drink now through 2028.
Garnet red with ruby highlights, this wine has a nicely-intense nose with notes of cinnamon and vanilla, and sweet cocoa and coffee overtones. Dry on the mouth, with soft, well-amalgamated tannins and good structure.
Aurelio's parents settled in the Annunziata hamlet in 1943, in an old farmhouse built at the end of the 19th century. Until 1962 they used to practice mixed farming, working the land (vineyards, fruit trees, hazelnuts) and breeding animals (hens, rabbits, cows). The grapes were sold to big local wineries, and just a small amount remained for the family to produce wine for themselves and friends and relatives. At the end of the 1950s, Aurelio's father began bottling some of the wine under the Settimo Domenico label. Aurelio had understood how special this land really was however, and when Domenico died in 1962 he decided to specialize in wine-growing. Mixed farming and animal breeding were abandoned, the vineyards were extended, and the Aurelio Settimo label was introduced during 1962. Though fraught with difficulties, this was the beginning of a new challenge, and a new home and winery were built amidst the family vineyards.
Until 1974, when Aurelio began extending the winery, 50% of the grapes grown on the estate continued to be sold to the larger local wineries. But since the 1974 vintage all the production has been vinified on site. The Settimo family has continued to maintain a traditional product line, in particular as regards Barolo. Since the death of Aurelio (March 2007), production and sales have been handled by his daughter Tiziana, who had long been assisting him in the running of the business.
Aurelio Settimo Barolo is vinified according to tradition: fairly lengthy fermentations on the skin (submerged cap for 15-20 days), with frequent breaking up of the cap and pumping over of the must, followed by maturing in French oak casks, holding between 2,500 and 3,500 litres.
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