Story of the Wine:
Barolo DOCG “Essenze” Riserva is a Barolo blend of the finest pedigree. It is produced only in special vintages. Starting with 2000, first year of Vite Colte in Barolo village, they selected small lots of cru-grown Barolos from prestigious vineyards to create a prestigious Riserva blend.
Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo
Area: From separate vineyards; Bussia in Monforte d’Alba, Annunziata in La Morra, Ravera in Novello, La Volta in Barolo, Scarrone in Castiglione Falletto and Gianetto in Serralunga d’Alba.
Av. age of vines: 15-20 years old
Vine density: 4,200 plants per ha.
Training System: Guyot
Harvest: A manual harvest has done in the second half of October.
Vinification: Following the traditional local winemaking practice of blending together various separate lots to compose a Barolo, we achieved a Barolo of superb quality. Despite utilising traditional winemaking practices, their house style is evident, which emphasises full-bodied wines with emphatic fruit, and optimal equilibrium among all components as well. After maceration on the skins for some 20-25 days, malolactic fermentation is completed in steel. The blend takes place before bottling selecting the best expressions of the vintage.
Ageing: The wines are then matured in oak for 36 months and still other 24 long months in bottle.
Pack size: 6x75cl
Descriptions for the Wine List:
1) A deep ruby red tending to garnet, a complex nose that includes ethereal, with hints of violets, blackberry jam, licorice and cloves. On the palates it is dry, full-bodied, with silky tannins and a lovely chocolate, berry aftertaste.
2) Barolo, one of Italy’s great wines, has the capability to enchant and enhance life. From Vite Colte, an award winning winery, this wine, blended from grapes grown in the best vineyards, is testimony for that position. A deep ruby red tending to garnet, a complex nose that includes ethereal, with hints of violets and blackberry jam, licorice and cloves. On the palates it is dry, full-bodied, with silky tannins and a lovely chocolate, berry aftertaste.
Vintage 2001 Gold Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2015
Vintage 2001 Silver Outstanding Medal International Wine and Spirit Competition 2015
Vintage 2001 Vini d’Italia Gambero Rosso 2014
Country: Italy Region: Barolo - Piemonte Grape: 100% Nebbiolo Product code: 1643 Pack size: 6x75cl
Terre da Vino, based in Barolo, is a share holding company established in 1980. At the end of 2015, Terre da Vino has decided to focus on a smaller number of wine growers, that produce best quality wines. To emphasise this new approach they have decided to re-brand these top wines under the name Vite Colte. Literally this phrase has a double meaning referring to vine growers with both knowledge and experience, and this phrase resonates with the word; viticulture.
Owned by 14 co-operatives Vite Colte was given a mission to identify and make wines from the best vineyards from their 2.500 members. Vite Colte has great resources in terms of vineyards all over the region, over 4.500 hectares, from which they are able to select the best grapes to produce some of the finest wines.
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