2016 Fratelli Alessandria Barolo San Lorenzo
Crowning the small hilltop village of Verduno, the elegant 18th century cantina Fratelli Alessandria produces approx 5,000 wine cases from 14 hectares; including the wine crus of Monvigliero in Verduno & Gramolere in Monforte d'Alba in Piedmont. Their Barolo wines were recognised by King Carlo Alberto in 1843, identifying a notable quality that continues to be enhanced by the arrival of 5th generation Vittore, aside his uncle Alessandro and father Gian Battista. They are also proud producers of the Pelaverga wine, a charming and elegant pepper-scented thing from grapes grown almost in exclusivity around Verduno. -- Vittore's arrival in 2001, post commercial and oenological studies at Torino University, coincided with a period of positive change. 'More attention to detail' is how Vittore explains the improvements that have taken place over the past decade. No more so than in the vineyard, now a picture of health and source of bright fruit from appropriately low yields. 2001 was also the year that their single Monforte cru 'Gramolere' was released, echoing a regional trend. In the cantina: new static stainless steel tanks, better temperature control, the addition of a few French 500 litre tonneaux, while persevering with 15/20 day wild yeast fermentations & 30 hectolitre botte (slavonian & French oak) ageing have all combined to promote sales of bottled wine and thereby reduce their reliance upon sales to the bulk market; now down to approx 15% of production.
What The Critics Say
96+/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Monica Larner
"Next to the classic Barolo, the Fratelli Alessandria 2016 Barolo San Lorenzo di Verduno shows a slightly darker hue and more mild concentration. The bouquet reveals less outright floral and fruit definition, and it offers more secondary and tertiary aromatic complexity instead, with spice, crushed stone, balsam herb and faint white truffle. The wine is powerful and shows a richer fiber, not by much but just enough to consider a more robust food pairing and more cellar age. A mere 5,000 bottles were released, and this is another home run from this impressive set of new releases from Fratelli Alessandria. — This is by far the finest set of wines I have tasted from Fratelli Alessandria, and I cannot recommend this estate enough for value-wine seekers and collectors alike. There is something for every Nebbiolo-loving palate in this portfolio, and all these wines hit the ball straight out of the park. Congratulations." Drink 2024 - 2048
93-96/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni
"The 2016 Barolo San Lorenzo di Verduno is powerful, wild and beguiling from the very first taste. Rose petal, mint, sage, anise, crushed flowers and graphite give the 2016 an element of exoticism that is impossible to miss. Michet clone, prevalent in this site, yields a Barolo with uncommon complexity and volume, as well as pedigree to burn. The tannins are going to need time to soften, but there is so much to like here. A wine of stunning beauty, the 2016 San Lorenzo is shaping up to be one of the highlights of the year. I loved it."
17.5/20 JancisRobinson.com, Walter Speller
"Verduno. Gorgeous, expressive, earthy-savoury cherry fruit with great focus. Concentrated, multi-layered and with fantastic acidity streamlining the fruit. Marzipan-tasting, deep tannins. Hedonistic. (WS)." Drink 2022 - 2032
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