CODE: 6820

Barolo Docg, sottozona Bricco Ambrogio


Roddi, Langhe (Piemonte)

Grape variety



Walter Lodali

Grape Variety
Usually cultivated in an area of ​​Piedmont and in some places at the foot of the Alps. Nebbiolo wines always have a ruby ​​color with garnet reflections, which turn into more orange tones after aging. These wines show fresh fruity notes in their youth; while over the years they often develope elegant notes of dried flowers, sometimes undergrowth. It can develop spicy, tobacco and goudron tertiary hints. Wines of constant good structure, whose tannins generally take many years to soften.
The term Langhe derives from an ancient Celtic word that expressed the concept of “stretchs of land”. In this region hills are often flanked in parallel and steep. The soils have sedimentary and marine origin, mainly calcareous. These, however, vary considerably a short distance away, sometimes including bluish tuff, other times veins of clay, or banks of sand and fossils. The climate is strongly influenced by the protection of the Alps and by the mild currents of the nearby Ligurian Sea. The presence of considerable altimetries, valleys and sun exposures generate a kaleidoscope of micro-climatic situations. The combination of different terrains and environments makes clear, as in few parts of the world, the importance of distinguishing wines through geographical sub-area mentions. The “Bricco Ambrogio” sub-area has soils called Sant’Agata marl, made up almost entirely of silt. The exposure is south-east with a fairly warm micro-climate.
Walter approaches this vineyard in Roddi in a different way than the Barbaresco vineyards. Here, the warmer micro-climate and with less temperature range requires him to identify the best time for the grape harvest, which will have to guarantee a good phenolic and grape seed ripening, but at the same time maintain a controlled residual acidity. This difficult equilibrium has the aim to balance the natural power of this Barolo with a certain freshness and elegance. For this Barolo Docg, Walter chooses a “traditional” refinement, using large wooden barrels that favor a slow exchange of oxygen in the wine.
Vinification and finishing
Vinification “in red” at controlled temperature with maceration for about 18 days with continuous pumping over and punching down. After malolactic fermentation, refinement for 2 years in large 26 hectolitre barrels, followed by a further refinement of at least 1 year in bottle.
Tasting notes
Clear garnet red color. The nose has fruity aromas, which evolve into a light spiciness, with delicate earthy notes and a tobacco finish. In the mouth it reveals its great structure; it is round and has a long and persistent taste. The tannins are already softened, but it is a wine still in full evolution.
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