Just mid ruby. Fragrant, almost a little explosive raspberry fruit nose. Gorgeous lightness of touch on the palate with sweet raspberry fruit and fine tannins. Worth every penny. GV Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 Rating: 17+ Walter Speller, www.jancisrobinson.com (Apr 2020)
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Supple and vibrantly juicy dolcetto from Burlotto.David Williams, The Observer (Mar 2020)
GB Burlotto is a serious player when it comes to barolo and also makes this beautiful dolcetto. The producer is located in Verduno, whose wines are known for their finesse and elegance, a style that you can see in the dolcetto, too.Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph (Feb 2020)
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Today, Fabio Alessandria is following in the footsteps of his renowned ancestor Giovan Battista (G.B.) Burlotto who was one of the great figures of Barolo from the mid-19th century until his death in 1927. G.B.'s wines were supplied to the Royal Court of Savoy and he was a pioneer in sending finished, bottled wines directly to their customers - rather than in bulk.
The 'farmhouse' which run as a agriturismo is named 'Locanda dell’orso bevitore' taking the name from a 19th century cartoon of G.B. drinking his wine with a polar bear, after he was made sole supplier of wine to the Duke of Abruzzo's North Pole expedition of 1899.
Rooted in tradition, without being stuck in the past, the flagship wine still comes from the incredible Barolo Monvigliero vineyard in the village of Verduno. The labels still have the feel of those in G.B.'s day, the grapes are still foot-trodden, and the musts undergo 60 day macerations before long ageing in large botte. The wines are as highly regarded today as in G.B.'s time - and having dodged the recent craze for over extraction and over-oaking here in some cellars of Barolo - their crystalline freshness and purity of fruit continues to strike the perfect chord for lovers of great Piedmont wines.
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