2015 Vietti "Castiglione" Barolo SKU #1399238

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  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    3/20/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    Vietti resides in my heart as one of my first wine crushes when I started exploring Italian wines in my younger days. The Barberas and Nebbiolos were always classic and engaging and priced for a struggling student of wine to enjoy. The Barolos delivered complexity and were some of my favorite wines, and a special indulgent treat when I could afford to buy a bottle or two to tuck away. It's always great to walk down wine memory lane and see that the Vietti has maintained its integrity and purity in each new release, some twenty years later. The Castiglione has the purest of Barolo profiles. Dusty spices, perfumed red fruit and dried rose petals erupt from the glass. It is a classy wine that shows the mouth-filling qualities of the most traditional Nebbiolos with mouthwatering acidity and velvety tannins. It's a wine my younger self would have dreamed of having in his wine locker. Luckily, I am now in a position to put a few of these away and I am certain that my older self will be equally appreciative of those future bottles.
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    3/19/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    I had the privilege of a sneak preview of this wonderful Barolo during a visit to Vietti last year. Luca Currado should be very proud of his Castiglione Barolo as his deft winemaking has matched ripe fruit from a warm vintage with very fresh tannins and bright acidity which is no easy task. It's wonderful to open and drink now yet allowing its youthfulness to round out with a bit of cellaring will only enhance it.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    3/19/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    Love the 2015 vintage of this wine. The nose brings aromas of dried cherry and roses, and on the palate you will find raspberries, tar, tobacco, truffle, and a little Langhe dust with a good tannin structure. I love the elegance to this wine, and with all of its varietal purity here, I recommend decanting for a couple hours...or even aging a couple of years (I have some 2000 & 2001 that I am still waiting on.). This would show extremely well with a wild mushroom risotto or a barbecue Tri-tip.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    3/19/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    You’ve probably heard that the 2015 vintage in Barolo is special and with the Vietti “Castiglione” it goes even a little further. The heralded ripeness of the vintage does not play out in a “fruit bomb” concept the wine carries its added weight as muscle and structure, but it has no fat, its focused. The nose shows more herb and rose petal and bitter orange blossom initially and then drops into earth, leather hints of truffle and smoke. On the palate the wine shows considerable lift and elegance for such a powerful wine it has textural richness but more as an underpinning than the principal feeling. The flavors are much like the nose with a more savory character and less floral at the moment. The finish is balanced, long, and shows depth, tannins are there but are supple and not harsh. Truly an excellent representation of the vintage from one of the regions best producers.
  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    3/19/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    Vietti's Barolo Castiglione is in a class all its own. To call it "entry-level" is a huge disservice, as it can rival other producer's top Crus in strong vintages like 2015. Beautiful aromas of orange peel, rose petal, and cherries lead the way. On the palate, it somehow marries waves of sweet fruit in a weightless texture. While other vintages of this wine can be as demanding as any other young Barolo, the accessibility here is a wonderful counterpoint and will make it nearly impossible to resist. A wine that always disappears quickly from our shelves, grab some while available and enjoy anytime over the next 10-15 years.

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