2019 Barolo, Badarina, Bruna Grimaldi, Piedmont, Italy

2019 Barolo, Badarina, Bruna Grimaldi, Piedmont, Italy

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2019 Barolo, Badarina, Bruna Grimaldi, Piedmont, Italy

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The Barolo Badarina comes from Bruna Grimaldi’s steep slopes on the east coast of Serralunga d’Alba. At 450m altitude, this is the type of terroir that is becoming increasingly in-demand and quality-focused in Piedmont. This is an incredibly compact and tightly-coiled wine, which is very impressive and detailed. While it’s a tough nut to crack at this stage, the pedigree of this cru is undeniable. The nose is quite vertical and charming, with intense raspberry fruit and orange peel that evolve into a balsamic herbal character. The tannins are structured, but with a core of sweetness that balances out notes of black tea. This is an utterly fascinating cuvée.

Drink 2028 – 2050

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Cantina Bruna Grimaldi

Cantina Bruna Grimaldi

In the 1950s, Giacomo Grimaldi set his family on a quality winemaking path. This saw him move away from bulk production, introduce pioneering viticultural practices, nurture vineyard wellbeing and introduce vintage bottlings. In 1990, the winery passed into the hands of his daughter Bruna, after whom the cantina was consequently renamed.

The Grimaldi family have deep roots in the Langhe; their original vineyards link the ancient hills between Grinzane Cavour and Serralunga d’Alba. Over the generations, their holdings have expanded across the northern and eastern areas of the Barolo area, totalling 14 hectares, and they’ve been certified organic since 2013. The winery is based in the north-east corner of Barolo, in the cru of Grinzane Cavour, and today the property is run by Bruna’s two children, Simone and Martina.

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Nebbiolo is the grape behind the Barolo and Barbaresco wines and is hardly ever seen outside the confines of Piedmont. It takes its name from "nebbia" which is Italian for fog, a frequent phenomenon in the region.

A notoriously pernickety grape, it requires sheltered south-facing sites and performs best on the well-drained calcareous marls to the north and south of Alba in the DOCG zones of Barbaresco and Barolo.

Langhe Nebbiolo is effectively the ‘second wine’ of Piedmont’s great Barolo & Barbarescos. This DOC is the only way Langhe producers can declassify their Barolo or Barbaresco fruit or wines to make an early-drinking style. Unlike Nebbiolo d’Alba, Langhe Nebbiolo can be cut with 15% other red indigenous varieties, such as Barbera or Dolcetto.

Nebbiolo flowers early and ripens late, so a long hang time, producing high levels of sugar, acidity and tannins; the challenge being to harvest the fruit with these three elements ripe and in balance. The best Barolos and Barbarescos are perfumed with aromas of tar, rose, mint, chocolate, liquorice and truffles. They age brilliantly and the very best need ten years to show at their best.

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