Tortoniano is named for the tortonian-era soils in which the vines are planted, which contain a high percentage of magnesium and manganese. Grape clusters are thinned and harvested up to 15 days later than usual so that the fruit attains higher concentration. Temperatures are strictly controlled during vinification and the wine is aged for two years in large oak casks and one year in bottle before release.
2010 - A winter characterized by numerous snowfalls, which occurred from 20th November to late February, followed by heavy rainfalls until mid-March. The beginning of the vegetative stage occurred in early April - ten days late - followed by stable weather that favoured a regular course of the vegetative cycle. May and June were characterized by dry weather with temperatures slightly below average for the period. From early July to late August the weather was characterized by very sunny and bright days with high temperatures, though never excessively so. Then came unstable weather with rainy days interspersed by other, sunny ones for a couple of weeks, and in those circumstances our traditional attention to defoliation and to thinning out the clusters was crucial and made all the difference, ensuring that our vineyards suffered no negative influences. Mid-September saw the return of splendid weather, very sunny and dry, which led to very late Nebbiolo, which meant whole, thick-skinned and perfectly ripe grapes. The harvest was carried out at the traditional time, as summarized
here for the main varieties: Muscat, beginning 7th September: Roero Arneis and Cortese 18th to 25th September; Barbera, after 28th September; and we started harvesting Nebbiolo as of 6th October. The result was white wines with very high acidity, evident aromas and extremely fresh, fruity flavours; a great year, excellent the Barberas and other black grapes, spectacular the quality of the Nebbiolos, for which we can predict another excellent vintage.
The wine shows layered aromas of mint, fennel, plum and spices before rich red currant flavors, with rose petal and more mint notes. On the palate the acidity is balanced and the tannins are silky, leading to a long finish.
This wine is a superlative pairing for beef roasts,lamb, game and hard cheeses.
AGING: 2 years in oak, 1 year in bottle
ACIDITY: 5.37 g/l
The 2010 Barolo Tortoniano is aged in large oak cask for two years and shows an impressive level of fruit boldness and extraction. Although the style is plush and -modern- on the Barolo continuum, Tortoniano is a seamless expression with supple tannins and fresh acidity that meld into one beautiful whole. Drink: 2016-2025. - Robert Parker 92+ Points
Sweet red cherries, rose petals, spices, tobacco and anise meld together in the Michele Chiarlo's 2010 Barolo Tortoniano. This soft, mid-weight Barolo is an excellent choice for drinking over the next handful of years, before the fruit fades. - Antonio Galloni 88 Points