2013 Vietti Barolo Castiglione

Year: 2013
Appellation: Piedmont
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 93+
Vinous Media: 93+
James Suckling: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :

"Dense and firm, with a tightly wound core of cherry, strawberry, iron, stone and tobacco flavors. The tannins are assertive yet refined. Overall, this is balanced and long. Best from 2021 through 2035. 5,800 cases made.–BS " (WS)

"The 2013 Barolo Castiglione is a terrific success story. This is the estate's bread and butter Barolo. Fruit is sourced throughout the Castiglione Falletto township. The wine is consistent and steady, offering amazing value and quality with each new release. The nose is generous and full. It imparts fresh fruit and dark cherry aromas with tar, smoke and licorice at the back. Evident structure gives the wine a firm backbone and will carry it through the next decade of cellar aging.

The dust has finally settled over the Vietti affair. When Luca Currado and his family announced the sale of this celebrated estate in Castiglione Falletto to American businessman Kyle Krause last summer, he kicked up the proverbial dust storm of controversy. Many critics that inhabit the murky backwaters of the blogosphere took aim at Luca Currado for surrendering such a valuable morsel of the Piedmont wine patrimony. The vitriol was extremely unfair in my opinion. What this family resolves to do with its property is its business alone. No outside person has jurisdiction over the intimate nature of such an important decision. As I reflect on this past year following l'affaire-Vietti, I come to two conclusions. The first is humorous and the second is a happy ending. It's funny to consider how this acquisition has sparked a Langhe-wide selling psychosis. You would think the selloff of historic Barolo wineries was underway with the same feverish intensity as a Black Friday electronics offering. During my time in the region, I heard rumors regarding at least five major wineries that were reportedly for sale. Of course none of the rumors are true, or if they are, these alleged sales have not been officially confirmed. In the span of 12 months, we've gone from the focused condemnation of the Vietti sale to region-wide "show me the money" hysteria. I had to laugh to myself because ultimately l'affaire-Vietti has served to inaugurate a year of wishful thinking that has landed quietly over all of the Langhe. It seems to me that many producers secretly wish to be in Luca Currado's shoes. The happy ending I spoke of concerns the quality of Vietti's wines. As you see from the collection of high scores listed below, I don't think Vietti's wines have ever been better. " (WA)

"The 2013 Barolo Castiglione is rich, powerful and intense, especially for what is the estate's entry-level Barolo. Dark cherry, plum, spice, new leather and menthol are all used together. Intense and voluptuous, the Castiglione shows the richer, more intense side of the vintage. Time in the glass helps release the aromatics and the brighter side of Nebbiolo. Quite simply, the 2013 is a super Barolo Castiglione that is starting to close the qualitative gap with the single vineyard Barolos." (VM)

"This is a very fruit-forward Barolo with lots of dried-berry and rose-petal character. Full-bodied, round and soft-textured. Generous. Drink in 2018." (JS)

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