Fratelli Alessandria

Fratelli Alessandria

A moment’s reflection is required before understanding the wines of Fratelli Alessandria: all the estate’s vines (except their cru Gramolere) are in the commune of Verduno. Not usually bracketed with the more familiar and renowned communes of La Morra, Barolo, Serralunga, Castiglione Falletto and so on, the village sits on the north-eastern border of the region. It’s almost more of an extension of neighbouring Roero. Its soils are sandier, and there’s a moderating influence from the Tanaro river, running below the village. All this adds up to a lighter, more delicate and perfumed style of Barolo – of which Fratelli Alessandria are brilliant exponents. Today, Vittore Alessandria runs the immaculate traditional cellar, while his brother Ale tends the 14 hectares of vineyards. 

The breezier conditions in Verduno reduced the risk of mildew in 2018 and Vittore professed himself very happy with the quality of the vintage. Indeed, the style of the year, with its softer angles and greater accent of red fruits, would seem to be tailor-made for Verduno’s more Pinot-esque aspect.  The surprise, then, is that the wines from the village seem to have a surprising extra level of depth and positivity but without quite losing their talcum ethereality. The Gramolere however, from Monforte, is a different beast, pure but strongly herbal. After the precocity of 2017, timings were back to normal with an early October harvest.  

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2009 Barolo, Monvigliero, Verduno, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont
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2009
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2013 Barolo, Monvigliero, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2013
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2013 Barolo, San Lorenzo, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2009 Barolo, Gramolere, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2009
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2013 Barolo, Gramolere, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2013
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2015 Barolo, Gramolere, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2015
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2015 Barolo, Monvigliero, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2015
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2014 Barolo, Gramolere, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2014
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2014 Barolo, Monvigliero, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2014
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2015 Barolo, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2015 Barolo, San Lorenzo, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2012 Barolo, San Lorenzo, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2012
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2008 Barolo, Monvigliero, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2008
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2012 Barolo, Monvigliero, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2007 Barolo, Monvigliero, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2007
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2008 Barolo, Gramolere, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2008
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2006 Barolo, Monvigliero, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2006
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2010 Barolo, Gramolere, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2010
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2010 Barolo, Monvigliero, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2016 Barolo, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2016 Barolo, San Lorenzo, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2016
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2017 Barolo, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2017
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2017 Barolo, San Lorenzo, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2017 Barolo, Gramolere, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2017
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2017 Barolo, Monvigliero, Fratelli Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
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2017
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