This 100% Nebbiolo wine is named for the prestigious Brunate cru from which these grapes originate.
Fermentation takes place in stainless steel and is induced by indigenous yeasts. The process concludes with a maceration period of 10-15 days. Following malolactic conversion, which takes place in December, the wine spends 12 months in barrique (50% new; 50% second passage) followed by at least 12 more months in large casks of 25HL.
This is a silky-smooth Barolo that shows great aromatic complexity. Aromas of ripe red cherries, dried roses, red licorice, and cloves combine with notes of tobacco and earth. On the palate, this wine is richly tannic with a long, pleasant finish.
Pair this wine with elegant red meat dishes like Châteaubriands or filet mignon medallions with crabmeat béchamel sauce.
Type of oak: French
Length of aging before bottling: 30 months
Length of bottle aging: 12 months
Alcohol: 14.0 %
pH level: 3.6
Residual sugar: 0.0 g/L
Acidity: 6.2 g/L
It's hard not to fall in love with the 2011 Barolo Brunate. The wine boasts broad shoulders and a full bouquet of ripe fruit aromas. This Barolo is deeply aromatic and expressive, two characteristics that are forever linked to this warm vintage. Barolo Brunate is rich and pervasive in terms of mouthfeel with dark fruit flavors, spice, blackberry, tar, licorice and barbecue smoke that last many long minutes. The wine also offers ample freshness to counter that opulence. - Robert Parker 95 Points
Aromatic, this elegant red verges on floral, exuding eucalyptus, licorice, steeped cherry and spice flavors. As this unfolds into the lingering finish, tobacco and leather elements emerge, with a mineral accent. A textbook La Morra. Best from 2019 through 2032. 690 cases made.–BS - Wine Spectator Magazine 94 Points
Pressed rose, woodland berry, sage and a whiff of exotic spice emerge on this firmly structured wine. The taut palate delivers mature black cherry, ground pepper, clove and licorice alongside tight, fine-grained tannins and the warmth of alcohol. Give it a few more years to unwind. Drink after 2019. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 92 Points
Deep and implosive to the core, the 2011 Barolo Brunate impresses for its depth. Here it is the wine's structure and tannin that dominate. Sweet rose petals, mint, anise and sweet spices add an element of lift, but the 2011 needs further time in bottle to fully meld together. - Antonio Galloni 92 Points