Bricco Giubellini Barolo 2016 is an amazing wine. From the awesome 2016 vintage, this is a wine you need in your cellar. Bricco means the top of the hill, Giubellini (Jew-bell-ee-knee) means jubilant. It is a 0.3-hectare site, on the top of the Hill in Monforte. It is one of the highest Barolo sites. In fact, it is right on the legal limit of altitude in Barolo. This means it is elegant, perfumed, and fine.
The wine is made by Fabio Fantino from Conterno Fantino (which is just next door). Fantino makes elegant and perfumed styles, so was a natural choice to make the wine. In a good year, they get four barrels, in a not so good year, they get 2 barrels. Almost all of the production of Bricco Giubellini Barolo comes here to Australia.
This is a wine that will live for the long, long-term. Bury a case of 6 at the back of your cellar and open it in 20 years. Thank me later. But I did open a bottle now, it is ridiculously easy to drink. It is not often I find young Barolo so enjoyable. The fruit density offsets the tannic punch. It is tannic though. But, by night 3, we got the best of it.
Hear Importer Michael Trembath Talk about Bricco Giubellini Barolo and Barolo 2016.
Known as one of the greatest wine regions in the world, its name literally means the ‘foot of the mountain’. Piedmont located in the North-Western reach of Italy. There are a lot of parallels drawn between the best wines of Piedmont (Barolo and Barbaresco) and the wines of Burgundy. The region neighbours France and Switzerland with its border defined by the Alps to the north and west and Apennines to the south. These natural defences were used to keep the Ligurians safe from Roman invasions. Luckily it didn’t work forever, as we may not have the wines that we cherish today.
Made from 100% Nebbiolo aged for least 3 years (5 for Riserva). Famous villages include La Morra, Verduno, Castiglione, Montforte, Serralunga and Barolo. Awarded DOCG in 1980.
Famously producing long-lived red wines. Light of colour, but abundant in tannin from. Barolo and Barbaresco are the pinnacles of Nebbiolo. But many local and international regions are catching up. This is the variety that defines the region. Typical flavours include tar, roses, anise, cherry, blackberry and truffle.
One of the magic years where everything went right in Barolo. Barbaresco was fine too, but Barolo got the best of the conditions and the wines are unmissable.