IR21216

Barolo Riserva, Crissante 2016



£95.00

75cl ALC 14.5%
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Textured and complex wine with red and black fruits and warm and spicy undertones, balanced with good freshness and ripe tannins. A big wine but elegant, comprising wines from three separate vineyards around the commune of La Morra.


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Italy, Italy, Piedmont & NW Italy, Barolo

Red

100% Nebbiolo

Medium-bodied

Environmentally friendly

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2016

Game, Roast

14.5%

75cl

Vegetarian

Vegan

Crissante Alessandria

The family cantina of Crissante Alessandria is tucked away in the frazione (hamlet) of Santa Maria, near La Morra in one of the best parts of Barolo. The estate comprises 5 ha of hazelnuts and 6 ha of vines, 5 ha of which are planted with Nebbiolo vines for Barolo.

All the vineyards are within 800m of the winery – notably the ‘cru’ vineyards of Roggeri, San Biagio, Bertolotti, Capalot and Galina – this proximity ensuring the grapes do not spoil in transit. The grapes are harvested in the cool of the morning, then undergo a cold maceration to maximise aromas followed by a fermentation without any stalks to achieve the beautiful textures that are the hallmark of their wines. The estate was founded in 1958 when Crissante Alessandria and his wife Teresa, decided to make wine from vines which had been in the family for many generations. Until then the grapes had been sold to large, local cellars. Crissante produced his first Barolos from the Roggeri and Capalot vineyards in cellars under the farmhouse, maturing them in traditional 2,500 litre Slavonian oak casks. The enterprise grew over the years with purchases of vineyards in prime locations and they invested in better oak with a mix of larger botti and smaller barrels. Owner/winemaker Alberto Alessandria (eighth generation!) joined his father and uncle in 2007 after graduating from Alba’s enological school. “Nebbiolo’s like a pig,” he says, “You don’t throw anything away,” referring to the skins and pips from which he makes rather fine grappa!

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Vintage guide

A dry winter followed by a hot summer has certainly affected yields in 2022, but the quality looks excellent across the country. Small but perfectly formed seems to sum up the 2021 vintage here. Across most of the country the 2020 vintage is looking very good indeed with ripe fruit and lovely aromatics. A classic if not straight forward vintage 2019 has delivered some excellent wines but in smaller quantity. Overall, the results are very good in 2018, though a warm wet early summer led to disease pressures in many parts of the country. The Northeast, home to Prosecco amongst others did particularly well; so too did Tuscany and Piedmont but yields were a little down in some estates. 2017 saw a small crop of excellent wines; spring frosts and a later heatwave nicknamed ‘Lucifer’ reduced yields, but you’ll find good results on the whole with excellent results in Piedmont. Yields were down in 2016 but quality is high, Piedmont and Tuscany at least as good as 2015. 2015 is generally an excellent vintage across Italy, perhaps reds having the edge over whites. A year that necessitated a lot of work in the vineyards due to the rains, 2014 produced some surprisingly good results with elegant fresh wines across the country.

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