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Fratelli Alessandria 2005 Barolo Monvigliero

Fratelli Alessandria produces wines only from their own grapes and continues to manage the winery as a family run operation.  Fratelli Alessandria is owned by Gian Battista together with his wife Flavia, his brother Alessandro and his son Vittore.  Together they proudly carry on their ancestors’ tradition and passion for wine making.  Gian Battista’s belief is that “A great wine comes from a great vineyard”, and he personally takes care of the vineyards.

Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Monvigliero has been aged for at least two years in oak and six months in the bottle before release.  The Nebbiolo grapes used in this vintage comes from vines at least 35 years old.  Gian keeps his yields low in order to get concentrated rich grapes which, which are then aged in small barrels in order to obtain a well-structured and complex Barolo.

Pouring a glass, I noticed a vivid light ruby color giving off a big bouquet of delicious sweet cherries and a touch of plums.  Tasting the wine the big round flavor of red berries, cherries, and sweet spices exploded and concluded to a delicate lingering finish with soft tannins.  The restaurant price was $90, however you can pick one up for under $60 if you can find a bottle.  Happy Hunting!