Olek Bondonio - Barbaresco 2011
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The differences between Barbaresco and Barolo are especially important in 2011 when Barolo suffered a bit more from the extra heat of the vintage when compared to Barbaresco. Instead, 2011 Barbarescos are wonderfully open at youth.
This is a blend of Nebbiolo from the two famed vineyards Starderi and Roncagliette, farmed from low-yielding, biodynamic old vines that are basket pressed, fermented with wild yeasts for 35 days on skins, and then aged in Slavonian and French casks. It's unfiltered, unfined, and bottled with minimal amounts of S02.
The nose is classic yet fresh, with notes of oolong tea, dried violets, bright cherry, and hints of orange and spice. Decant for 2-3 hours to best enjoy.
Annual Production: 1,500 - 2,000
Blend: 100% Nebbiolo
Terroir: Mix of sandy, calcareous clay Tortonian soils
Winemaking: Fermented in botti grandi
Drinking Window: 2017-2028
Olek Bondonio's winery overlooks one of Barbaresco's most historic vineyards, 'La Berchialla', where has family has lived for over 200 years. He is fortunate in that, along with the 'Roncagliette' vineyard where he is the only person to make a single vineyard wine from, the Bondonio's possess some of the best vineyards in the Langhe. What isn't luck is how they farm them—meticulously, biodynamically, and by hand.
His Barbaresco is what he's most proud of, and it doesn't take long to see why. These are stalwarts in Italian natural wine bars, and show true elegance and power.