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2011 Mauro Veglio Barolo Castelletto

ITEM 8096786 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
4 $50
Item Sold Amount Date
I8102773 1 $50 Jan 30, 2022
I8102772 4 $57 Jan 30, 2022
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RATINGS

94James Suckling

A Barolo that shows superb concentration and richness with polished, velvety tannins and a full body. Intense and powerful. Wonderful balance.

93Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of pressed violet, dark berry, baking spice, aromatic herbs and a whiff of leather lead the way...firmly structured palate offers juicy black cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice, mocha and espresso alongside velvety...

92The Wine Advocate

...generous and steady array of wild berry, cassis, sweet almond, grilled herb and licorice. The effect is bold and happy, like a warm embrace from a close friend.

92Vinous / IWC

...darker tonalities of fruit and firm, incisive tannins. Black cherries, menthol, lavender, smoke, new leather, spices and mocha... All the elements are in the right place.

16.5Jancis Robinson

Sweet and a tiny bit candied and herbal on the nose. Elegant palate... Hedonistic and well balanced.

PRODUCER

Mauro Veglio

Mauro Veglio is a 30-acre estate in La Morra, in Langhe, in the Piedmont region. It is owned and operated by Mauro and Daniela Veglio, who both grew up in grape-growing families who sold their grapes to co-ops and negociants. But in 1992 the couple decided to produce their own wine. They significantly reduced the number of vines per acre and started making small quantities of Barolo. Today the estate produces about 60,000 bottles annually. It makes Barbera, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo but is most noted for its various Barolos. Gambero Rosso, Italy’s leading wine journal, has frequently given Veglio’s wines its highest rating of 3 glasses. Gambero Rosso wrote in 2010 that “nearly all (the estate’s) wines have achieved an unprecedented degree of balance and perfection.” Mauro Veglio is near the legendary estate of Elio Altare.

REGION

Italy, Piedmont, Barolo

Barolo is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. In fact many cognoscenti of Italian wines consider Barolo to be the apex of Italian winemaking. Barolo is sometimes referred to as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings” partly because until the mid-19th century Piedmont was owned by the noble House of Savoy, the historic rulers of northwestern Italy. And the Savoys had a taste for Nebbiolo. Nestled into the rolling hills of Langhe, the Barolo DOCG includes 11 communes, one of which is the town of Barolo. There are 4,200 vineyard acres in the appellation and since the late 19th century growers have tried to identify their best vineyards. By marketing some vineyards as better quality than others, Barolo producers have followed the Burgundian custom of making single vineyard, or “cru” vineyard bottlings. As in neighboring Barbaresco, the Barolo DOCG requires that wines be 100% Nebbiolo, a grape thought of as the Pinot Noir of Italy. Records show that Nebbiolo was grown in the Piedmont as early as the 14th century, and despite being somewhat finicky – it is late to ripen and easily damaged by adverse weather --- Nebbiolo makes highly aromatic and powerful red wines. Until the mid-19th century Nebbiolos of Piedmont were vinified as sweet wines, though that ended in the late 19th century when a French oenologist was invited to Piedmont to show producers how to make dry reds. Barolo was made a DOC in 1966 and upgraded to DOCG status in 1980. Barolos must be aged at least three years, at least two of those years in wood. Barolos are tannic and robust and generally need at least five years to soften into complex, earthy wines.

TYPE

Red Wine, Nebbiolo

This red grape is most often associated with Piedmont, where it becomes DOCG Barolo and Barbaresco, among others. Its name comes from Italian for “fog,” which descends over the region at harvest. The fruit also gains a foggy white veil when mature.