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2012
Ellena Giuseppe
Barolo DOCG

2012
Ellena Giuseppe
Barolo DOCG

The fruit for the ‘Comune di la Morra’ Barolo primarily hails from the younger vines off of the ‘Ascheri’ block (planted between 1970 and 2002 - averaging 28 years of age) on a southwest facing slope at 1,015 feet in elevation. Two other blocks are used from 'Paradiso', on the lower elevations contributing to more power. The wine is 100% destemmed and fermented in concrete tanks with 60 days of maceration on skins and frequent punch downs. It is then racked into primarily seasoned barriques and botti for 30 months prior to bottling.

2012 was an 'interesting' vintage. A rainy, cold, early Spring led to a very warm and wet late Spring. thus reducing flowering. The summer was hot and sugars began to spike. Rain in August was welcome to slow the ripening down and cold nights in September brought back acid. All in all it is a very good vintage and flavors/alcohols are in line. It ends a run of full-bodied vintages from '09 through '11, and this could be a good thing.

Aromas of ripe berry, fragrant blue flower and a whiff of Alpine herb lead the nose. The generous palate offers juicy black cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon and licorice alongside firm, fine-grained tannins.

  • Region: Barolo (La Morra)
  • Varietal: 100% Nebbiolo
  • Vintage: 2012
  • Vineyard: Ascheri & Paradiso
  • Vine Age: Varied: 10-42 years old (Average: 28 years)
  • Viticulture: Organic
  • Yield: 2.7 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Calcaire
  • Skin Contact: 60 days
  • Oak: 30 months in 67% Slavonian bottie & 33% French barriques (20% new)
  • Production: 250 cases
Winery & Regional Information
CUNEO

The Cuneo province of Piedmont is an unique area grouping the Alps, rolling hills and hilltop castles. This area is also called the Provincia Granda, which means the 'big province,' because it’s the third largest province in the country. Learn More »

ELLENA GIUSEPPE

CUNEO

Agricola Ellena Giuseppe is located in the prized commune of 'La Morra'. The property is 15 hectares with five under vine and eight hectares of hazlenuts. From 1966 through the mid-2000s the Ellenas sold fruit to local co-ops and that all changed with the changing of the guard and young Mateo taking over the property with his father in 2009.  Learn More »

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