Bricco Carlina Barolo
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The 2015 Barolo is Bricco Carlina’s first vintage released into the market.
- This wine is a blend of all 3 of their “Cru’s” or Menzione Geografica Aggiuntiva (MGA) in Grinzane Cavour, where the vines vary in age from 50 – 80 years old.
- Their 3 MGA’s are Bablino, Castello, and Raviole.
- The soils consist of clayey-calcareous soils with south/southwest exposure.
- This Barolo is Bricco Carlina’s most important wine and they decided to draw 3 large and cheerful women, to covey a feeling of sharing, conviviality, and growth without being too serious. While this style might not work with a winery that has been around for several decades, it suits this young, upstart winery just fine. While Bricco Carlina takes their winemaking seriously, they do not takes themselves too seriously.
- This vineyard produces grapes that are organically certified.
Varietal Composition: 100% Nebbiolo
Elaboration: The grapes are picked by hand. Bricco Carlina vinifies their 3 MGA’s separately. De-stemming, pre-fermentation maceration and déléstage, with fermentation and maceration on the skins for approx. 15 days at a controlled temperature of 80°F. The must is pumped over 4 – 5 times per day, then the “submerged cap” maceration from 30 to 60 days, depending on the grapes characteristics. The malolactic fermentation is completed right after the alcoholic fermentation. The wine ages for 24 months in 20 HL Slavonian oak barrels and then 12 months in bottle before release.
Tasting Notes: Bright ruby color with well defined aromatics of red fruit, dried rose and sweet spice. Supple and vibrant, this Barolo reveals a remarkable texture both velvety and sinewy with a fine and long finish.
2016 – 91 Wine Enthusiast
2017 – 90 Wine Enthusiast
The sibling duo of Camilla and Francesco Scavino founded this small winery in 2014 at the foot of the medieval castle that towers over the village of Grinzane Cavour.
The name “Bricco Carlina” is a reference to the farm of their grandmother where the family would celebrate and party, which is also the place where Camilla and Francesco began experimenting with winemaking as teenagers.
Vineyards are scattered between the hills of the Langhe and Monferrato, and farming is organic. Bricco Carlina’s releases are progressive examples of Piedmont’s landscape – Deeply colored, opulent wines with tremendous purity and sense of place.