Monchiero is nestled in the picturesque commune of Castiglione Falletto in the Barolo region. The terroir here is amongst some of the greatest you will find in all of Piedmont. There's a belt of vineyards in Castiglione Falletto that some refer to as the Chambolle-Musigny of Piedmont and Monchiero sit right within this patch. These are ultra-traditional terroir driven wines of the highest order.
The grapes which grow in the vineyard located to the south east yield a wine with a fine, prominent bouquet and an excellent texture: an elegant and exquisite partner for the demanding palate. Its highly balanced character makes it a Barolo which is ready immediately after the traditional ageing period of three years in an oak vat, where it acquires its typical tannins and aromas.
Wonderful perfume of dried rose and spice, some dried herb too, ripe raspberry and cherry, silky and slate-y tannin, full ripeness but controlled and tethered. It sits somewhere around medium-bodied, feels svelte and refined, and goes long. Classic Rocche, and Monchiero with it. Tasted: May 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $130; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2022-2036+; Rated: 96 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Medium-depth red colour with a purple tinge, the bouquet reserved and shy, very earthy/dusty and savoury, with brick-dust and dried porcini nuances. The palate is very powerful and full-bodied, loaded with tannin and concentrated flavour, classically savoury and persistent. Blackberry confiture buried deep in a shroud of tannin. Excellent Barolo. Long-term. Tasted: June 2020; Price: $130.00; Drink: 2022-2041; Rating: 97 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
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