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Monchiero

Monchiero Barolo Montanello

Monchiero’s Montanello vineyard is situated within Castiglione Falletto, at the heart of the Barolo production area. This Cru site is located on the popular western ridge, boasting a sunny, southwestern exposure. Monchiero's parcel of Montanello was initially planted in 1954 and acquired by Monchiero in 2000. The wines originating from this vineyard are known for their richness and structured nature, with significant aging potential.

VINEYARD

Designation

Subregion

MGA

Grape Variety

Type

Soil

Vineyard

WINERY

Fermentation 

Aging

Alcohol

AT HOME

Serving Temperature

Cellaring

Barolo DOCG

Castiglione Falletto

Montanello

 

100% Nebbiolo

Dry, still red wine

Sedimentary soil of limestone and clay, known as gray marl. Higher proportion of clay.

Produced with Nebbiolo grapes from the “cru” Montanello located in the historic town of Castiglione Falletto. Southwest facing on a moderate slope.

Maceration lasts 20 days, followed by fermentation in stainless steel with pump overs for 20 days.

Three years aging in traditional large Slavonian casks, then two years aging in bottle before release.

14%

59°F to 65°F (16°C)

Up to 30 years

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Appearance:

Medium garnet with an orange rim.

Nose:

Red cherry, dark chocolate, wet gravel, roses, potting soil, licorice, kumquat, mossy rocks, sculpture clay, coffee, teriyaki sauce.

Taste:

Red cherry, dark chocolate and tobacco leaf. Full bodied and structured. Wet gravel acidity.  

Pairing:

Great with stews, braised red meat or game, truffle dishes or seasoned cheese. 

Why We Love This Wine

Monchiero's parcel of the Montanello vineyard is relatively small, covering only 0.75 acres, and yields approximately 2600 bottles per year. What sets this vineyard apart is its grey marl soil, a type of sedimentary rock containing clay and calcite. This dense soil, akin to that found in Serralunga d’Alba, imparts dark color, intense flavor, and excellent aging capabilities to the wines produced.

 

The impact of soil on Nebbiolo is clearly demonstrated when contrasting Montanello with the sandy soils of Monchiero Rocche di Castiglione Barolo. Montanello wines exhibit a broad and powerful palate, with a distinctive characteristic of relatively soft tannins (especially for a Barolo). This attribute makes the wines more approachable and immediately enjoyable. Furthermore, the presence of numerous secondary and tertiary aromas enhances the wine's suitability for aging.

 

In essence, Montanello stands out as an exceptional wine - striking a perfect balance of body, tannin and acidity suitable for immediate enjoyment or extended aging. It embodies completeness without excess, underscoring the reason why Barolo is revered as one of the finest wines in the world.

$70 / Bottle

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Barolo

Montanello

2019

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$70 / Bottle

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Critics Review

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Some baking spices, dried kumquats, blood oranges, menthol and minerals. The tight and full-bodied palate shows structure, transparency and tension. Austere, broad and pretty long. Drink from 2025.

— Zekun Shuai, Senior Editor, JamesSuckling.com

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About the Winery

The Monchiero family, with a longstanding connection to winemaking, initially worked as sharecroppers on the Montanello estate, cultivating grapes. In the 1950s, brothers Remo and Maggiorino acquired their own land and began producing wine under the Monchiero label in the 1970s. By 1982, they had purchased a winery dating back to the 13th century. Presently, the 25 acres of vineyard and winery are managed by their son, Vittorio, and his wife, Daniela, with their children, Luca and Stefano, actively involved in overseeing the operations.

Images Courtesy of Monchiero

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