Osvaldo Viberti Barolo Serra dei Turchi 2001

2001
Nebbiolo
Osvaldo Viberti

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$77.00

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Our tasting impressions

Wow, almost 20 years old and still a youngster. This has a lusher, more opulent character, due to the barrique aging. But it does not suggest a modernist style. There's plenty of typical tar, rose and orange zest flavors, although the dominant impression for me is umami. It's really excellent and just beginning to move toward maturity. Should be a long-lived Barolo.

 

About this wine

100% Nebbiolo from old south-facing vines in Frazione Santa Maria at an altitude of 250-300m. The soil is calcareous clay. Osvaldo uses the Guyot vine management system and keeps yields to 45 hl/ha.

 

The grapes were de-stemmed and then spontaneously fermented for 8-10 days in temperature-controlled steel tanks with manual push-downs and pump-overs. At the time, Osvaldo was using only barriques for aging.

 

This La Morra vineyard is named for the Saracen soldiers who established a colony on the land in the Middle Ages.

 

About the grape

Nebbiolo, the name believed to be derived from nebbia, Italian for fog, is a grape with one of the most protracted maturation cycles. It buds in early spring and ripens late fall (when the winter nebbia from the Alps reaches the vineyards).

 

Nebbiolo vines tend to grow upwardly with abandon, so management is essential to limit grape production and channel energy to them. They also are very particular about where they will thrive, which is why Nebbiolo is seldom found outside of Piedmont. Even there, it only is successful when planted on south facing slopes (much sun is needed for ripening), at elevations between 250 and 450 meters (lower there is too much frost exposure, higher the grapes won’t ripen).

 

Wines from Nebbiolo usually are pale-colored, high in acidity and very tannic. Common flavor descriptors are rose and tar. They tend to be highly aromatic.

 

Osvaldo's view of the vintage

2001 was very hot and dry - perfect conditions for producing great, long-lived Barolo.

  

Suggested Glassware: Grassl Cru

Osvaldo Viberti

Osvaldo Viberti located in La Morra produces Barolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Langhe Nebbiolo and a little known but wonderful white called Langhe Nascetta. The 10-hectare Azienda produces about 40,000 bottles per year with input from a winemaking consultant.

 

Osvaldo remembers fondly helping his grandfather farm grapes to sell from their vineyards. His father began making wine but not bottling.  In 1993, Osvaldo took control and began bottling and marketing his wine. Today, he is joined in this endeavor by his wife Carla and children Paolo and Anna.

 

Viberti farms naturally and organically without certification. He has not used pesticides in 3 years. All the bunches are destemmed and almost all of the fermentation is naturally occurring. He does manual pump-overs and pushes down the caps.

 

There is something uncommonly nice about Osvaldo. Ten minutes after meeting him, we felt a bond as if we had known him forever. He is humble, sincere and genuinely kind and you can taste these attributes in his excellent wines.