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Vietti’s Riserva ‘Villero’ is not made every year. Like all Barolo Riserva’s it is matured for a few extra years before release.

Each release being celebrated with a unique artist label just like the wines of Château Mouton-Rothschild. The ’09 Villero features another striking artwork as the label, this time by Anton Fuchs of Köln, Germany.

This is the very pinnacle of Vietti’s incredible brace of wines!

About Vietti

Back in 2005, I spent some time at Vietti. Their winery sits in the castle atop Castiglione Falletto. It’s walls broken by slit windows for archers to defend the grounds. The escape tunnel leading from the castle to the plains below had been filled in only a few years prior to my visit. Somehow they’ve managed to modernise aspects of the winery carving into the rock without collapsing the ancient buildings surrounding it.

One of my earlier experience of Vietti was at the Australian Wine Research Institutes Advanced Wine Assessment Course. A blind bracket of 9 Nebbiolo’s was presented, Vietti’s Perbacco from 1998 and Brunate from 1996. The Brunate was superb. My notes from the tasting read “Very complex, great harmony, texture, rich, long, very together, perfumed, incredible layers andvibrancy.” The Perbacco excellent, particularly at 1/8th the price. “Great purity, balance, and poise. Supple with an excellent core of fruit and lovely floral notes.”

In many ways, little has changed. Perbacco, typically declassified Barolo, is the wine to crack while you’re waiting for your Barolo to mature!

Vietti intrigues me. Some of the best Barolo I have devoured have come from their winery. Watching the wines evolve over time, both the same vintage and across vintages has been fascinating. Modern technology at times pierced the tradition. Last year a vertical tasting going back to 1982 was fascinating. It again highlighted my growing consensus that the drinking window for good Barolo, from great years, starts at around 10 years and is right in the zone between 15 and 20 years. The Villero Riserva is in the rare class of Barolo that will push this window out to 30 years+.

Whilst Vietti have always produced more structured wines, they have never shifted to the overt new oak regimes of the likes of Clerico. The wines have always shown harmony and balance.

The 2009 Vintage & Villero

The 2009’s I’ve had across Barolo and Barbaresco from quality produces have been stunning. 2 weeks ago I devoured a Produttori Rabajà, a week ago Capellano’s Pei Francesco, last year Bartolo Mascarello’s Barolo. All were exceptional.

In 2017 Vietti are releasing just the 11th vintage of their Barolo Riserva Villero from the 2009 vintage, with the label another striking work of art, this time by Anton Fuchs of Köln, Germany.

Vietti have just under one hectare in Villero with an average vine age of 41 years. Produced only in exceptional years, the wine is aged extensively in large Slavonian oak botti and then in bottle (the 2009 was bottled in July 2012). The Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner recently wrote of the 2009 Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero scoring it 100/100 “In a word, the 2009 Barolo Riserva Villero is magic. I’m not sure I understand how Luca Currado does it. With his wizard’s wand, he achieves a level of purity and intensity that I have rarely ever seen in Barolo or any other Italian appellation for that matter…”

Villero is a large Cru within the Commune of Castiglione Falletto, which is noted for the structure and excellence of its Nebbiolo wines (22.07 Ha with 93% planted to Nebbiolo) divided amongst 10 producers and all uniformly exposed south/south-west at around 250 to 350 metres above sea level on white and blue marl soils typical to the Commune.

Vietti have a long held tradition of specially-designed original art works as labels. Initially in 1974 Luca’s parents Alfredo Currado and Luciana Vietti engaged specific artists for several of their wines, however since the presentation of the 1982 Barolo Villero in 1988, this practice has been reserved exclusively for the Barolo Riserva Villero. The print run is the same as the number of bottles produced, and the first hundred labels are signed by the artist. Each work is only used once, just for the wine of that vintage.

Your tongue will thank you!

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About the Wines

100 point Vietti

Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero 2009

Designation: Barolo DOCG Grapes variety: 100% Nebbiolo, Michet Subvariety Vineyard

Grape variety: 100% Nebbiolo, Michet Subvariety Vineyard

Vineyard Located: within the village of Castiglione Falletto, the Villero vineyard faces South/South-west and covers an area of a little less than one hectare. The vines are 41 years of age on average and are planted at a density of 4,000 per hectare. The 2009 vintage was harvested on September 25th, and yielded around 35 hectoliters of wine per hectare. Soil: Moderately clay and compact, with evident white and blue marlstone.

Soil: Moderately clay and compact, with evident white and blue marlstone.

Winemaking: After alcoholic fermentation in steel tanks lasting 24 days at a temperature of between 28 and 32 degrees Celsius, the wine macerated on the skins for a total of 16 days. It was then transferred immediately into small barrels for malolactic fermentation and into bigger oak casks for further aging. It was bottled without filtration on July 12th, 2012. Total production for the 2009 vintage was 3,593 standard bottles, 100 magnums, 5 double magnums.

Total production: for the 2009 vintage was 3,593 standard bottles, 100 magnums, 5 double magnums.


100 Points

In a word, the 2009 Barolo Riserva Villero is magic. I'm not sure I understand how Luca Currado does it. With his wizard's wand, he achieves a level of purity and intensity that I have rarely ever seen in Barolo or any other Italian appellation for that matter. The wine is centered and balanced at its core, but its aromas and flavors are absolutely explosive at the same time. The bouquet delivers dark fruit, tobacco, white truffle, balsam herb and grilled rosemary. The tannins are structured with a vein of supple sweetness. This wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in large barrel and is left to develop on the fine lees without racking. It is largely made in reduction to establish that crunchy and firm quality you feel in the mouth. This special Riserva was not made in 2008. However, it was produced in 2007, 2006, 2004, 2001, 1997, 1996, 1990, 1989 and 1982. Luca is planning to make it in 2013, and that's great news for all. Drink Date: 2020 – 2045. Tasted August 2017

Monica Larner

95 Points

It's almost a shock to taste the 2009 Barolo Riserva Villero after the 2013s,
as it is quite soft and open. Part of that is the personality of the 2009
vintage, but the wine's is also four years older. Dark cherry, plum, mocha,
spice, leather and a host of balsamic-infused notes wrap around the
generous, inviting finish. Although the 2009 will be at its best with a few
more years in bottle, opening it before that it won't be in vain, as the wine
is quite approachable and expressive, even in the early going. The 2009 is
sensual, beguiling and inviting today. Drinking window: 2019 - 2039. Tasted November 2016

Antonio Galloni