2016 Mauro Veglio Barolo Docg Castelletto
2016 Mauro Veglio Barolo Docg Castelletto The 2016 Barolo Castelletto, the sole Veglio wine from Monforte from a small 1.5 acre plot. Dark, rich and beguiling in its beauty, the 2016 has so much going on. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, licorice, menthol and spice all flesh out in this strapping, virile Barolo. I would give the 2016 a few years to come into its own. Vinous Galloni. Drink through 2040.
This is the wine to buy. A classic vintage, one of the highest scores, at the cheapest prices and the wine is to die for. This is the best high end buy of the vintage. The 2016 vintage for Barolo is one of the greats and the 2016 Mauro Veglio Barolo Gattera is one of the best from the vintage that I have tasted. The 2016 vintage for Piedmont is absolutely spectacular. Monica Larner of Parker’s Wine Advocate, and one of the sharpest Italian wine palates in the game, has announced “The 2016 vintage is epic, presenting outstanding results across the board.” And, “these releases from 2016 are downright monolithic in their excellence. The 2010 vintage comes close to 2016, thanks to that careful balance of elegance and power, but 2016 achieves almost startling focus and purity that puts it ahead.” The wines are radiant, intensely perfumed and totally seductive, yet not at all heavy, in a style that offers the textural richness of a warm vintage with the aromatics of a cool year.
The history of the Veglio’s is long in the Langhe, and like most families in the region they started out as contadini, or farmers, who sold their grapes to the local cooperative. The continuation of this was unsatisfactory to Mauro and Daniela, as quality was more important than quantity. In 1992, at the urging of their neighbor and friend, Elio Altare, they decided to start producing wine under their own label. Many new things occurred on the Veglio farm: drastic reduction in production through aggressive green harvesting, the construction of a modern winery, and the implementation of new techniques of winemaking. Utilizing shorter macerations with temperature controlled rotary fermenters and aging in French barrique, he started to produce, little by little, wines that were more elegant and less aggressive thanks to the reduced tannins even if the wines were more concentrated because of the higher grape quality. Today, Mauro’s wines are consistently rated alongside the best of his peers. Only 500 cases of this beauty were made.
Nebbiolo is the grape variety behind the top-quality red wines of Piedmont, northwestern Italy, the most notable of which are Barolo and Barbaresco. The most searched-for Nebbiolo wine on our database is currently Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Barolo Riserva. Nebbiolo wines are distinguished by their strong tannins, high acidity and distinctive scent – often described as “”tar and roses””. A less obvious characteristic, visible only over time, is their tendency to lose color. Within just a few years of vintage, most Nebbiolo wines begin fading from deep, violet-tinged ruby to a beautiful brick orange. Nebbiolo is the quintessential Piedmontese wine grape – the dominant variety in five of the region’s DOCGs and numerous DOCs (see Italian Wine Labels). Even its name evokes the region’s foothills on cool autumn mornings, when the valleys and vineyards lie hidden under a ghostly blanket of nebbia (fog). The name is very apt for this late-ripening variety, which is harvested later in the year than Piedmont’s other key varieties (Barbera and particularly Dolcetto), in foggy, wintry weather conditions.
Powerful, intense Barolo is the most famous and prestigious Nebbiolo-based wine, but it is increasingly rivaled by the slightly more elegant and perfumed wines from Barbaresco to the northeast, which rose to prominence in the late 20th Century. Wines from just outside the borders of Barolo and Barbaresco may be classified as Langhe Nebbiolo, as may wines from young vines or less favored plots within these two famous appellations. The high-quality red wines of Roero, just across the Tanaro river from Barolo, are further affordable alternatives to Barolo and Barbaresco. Here, Nebbiolo’s austerity and tannins was often softened with a splash of Barolo Bianco – a local nickname for white Arneis – though the practice, while still legal, is rare nowadays.