The Agricultural Company Giovanni Sordo is in the heart of the well-known Barolo region, in the municipality of Castiglione Falletto - just a few kilometers away from Alba, in the province of Cuneo. It is a family run winery, now in the hands of Giorgio - Giovanni's son - the third generation of a family who has been tending and producing wines for more than a century. The estate was founded in 1912 by the great-father Joseph, but the real turnover came with His son John who - together with His Wife Mary, the real witness of the family's story - bought several vineyards of Nebbiolo for Barolo - the Sorì in Piedmontese language - among the best in the Barolo wine district.
The vineyard of Gabutti is to be found in a subzone of an area defined as ‘premium category’ because of its excellent quality. It is among the most attractive and prestigious ones in Serralunga d’Alba.
An intense, deep garnet red colour with ruby shades is the sign that a great evolution is expected. Perfectly brilliant, the rivulets of legs and tears coursing the sides of the glass indicate full body, structure and a good alcohol content. The bouquet is austere, noble, full, expansive and lingering. The robust yet restrained sensations of oak are perceptible and notes of mature fruit and fragrance of alpine flowers complete the nose. A subtle presence of resin brings sweet spice tones and peach leaves to the fore. At a first taste, the initial sensation of intense warmness gives way to the agreeable, sweet-tending tannins. The sapidity is typical of the terroir. Perfumes and sensations already perceived through the nose are amplified and confirmed into the mouth. Fine structure, harmony and balance – combined with lingering aroma and complexity – are the premises of a great longevity.
From Serralunga. The bouquet is voluminous and already displays a great array of attractive aromas. Dried flowers, dried herbs, dried berry fruits and tinges of brandied-cherry and star anise, while the palate is big and plush, full-bodied and full-volume with richness, density and generosity to match its abundant tannins. A profound wine whose tannins are massive but not as dry or pointed as the Perno's. Drink: 2019 to 2035; Price: $125.00; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 97 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
Architectural wine, line and length, tannin and structure, roast beef, ferrous, umami to the fore, but with fruit, some liquorice, slick of powdery tannin and prodigious grip. Serious business. Long living and brooding. Not for now, later please. Tasted: Sept 19; Price: $125; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2021-2036; Rated: 95+ Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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