Like all wines from Trediberri, the Barolo possesses a thorough line of elegance and purity. Notable for its drinkability and finesse, even at a young age, there is no doubt that this wine will develop gracefully over the years. Trediberri aims for a “weightless” power to the wine, which is meant to typify the best of La Morra.
The fruit for this Barolo mostly comes from the Berri Vineyard,as well as Cru Capalot in the northeast part of La Morra, and a small amount from Roche dell’Annunziata. The vines are a bit older than those in Berri, and the tannins are a little softer. While there is much evidence of ancient winemaking activity on the fringes of Berri, the area was all but abandoned in the 1960s. The beginning of the 21st century brought renewed interest from growers like Mauro Molino and Renato Ratti, who recognized Berri’s perfect exposure, elevation and cooling breezes. Less than a mile from the Tanaro River, and the soil reflects that with pebbles, limestone and sandstone outcroppings.
Maceration lasts about three weeks, and the ferment happens in concrete with indigenous yeasts. Trediberri uses special barrels crafted for them by Garbellotto – the outstanding cooper about an hour north of Venice. After aging in a combination of 52 and 25 HL vessels, the wine is returned to concrete to rest for a few months before release.
What can be said about this legendary vintage that hasn’t already been written? Mother nature provided the perfect stage for her growers in Piedmont, and their efforts were nearly universally outstanding. The wines are showing beautifully right out of the gate, and will surely develop for years to come.
Floral and fruit driven, this Barolo develops layers of complexity over the course of the evening. Bing cherries, rose petals, dried herbs and savory meat are among the myriad of flavors in this Barolo.
All Nebbiolo is food friendly, but the accessible purity of this wine allows it to thrive with so many dishes. It’s just as happy with a plate of cheese and salumi, as it is with a powerful Osso Bucco or fresh pasta dish.
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"A nicely zipped-up expression"
Wine Advocate - September 9, 2020 "The Trediberri 2016 Barolo has crossed all its t's and dotted all its i's. This is a nicely zipped-up expression of Nebbiolo that follows a classic aromatic playlist with forest berry, pressed violet, crushed stone and tangy licorice. This carefully balanced ensemble enables the wine to spread evenly over the palate, imparting elegance and silkiness as it does. If I were to assign one descriptor to this Barolo, it would be balance. The grapes are fermented in cement, and the wine ages in oak for 23 months. I also like the fact that this wine is not quite immediate, but almost. You could easily pop the cork with just a few more years of aging under its belt."
"A superb wine in the making"
Vinous - September 9, 2020 "The 2016 Barolo is a powerful, deep wine that is going to need time to soften and further open up. Black cherry, plum, spice, leather, dried herbs and menthol infuse the 2016 with notable aromatic depth as well as a palpable sense of brooding, virile intensity to match its classically built, mid-weight structure. This is an especially potent vintage for the straight Barolo, and there is clearly so much going on in the glass; it is a superb wine in the making. The Barolo is a blend of 80% Berri and 20% Rocche dell'Annunziata."
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Trediberri Barolo Rocche Dell'Annunziata
Working with just over three acres of vines in this famed vineyard, Rocche Dell’Annunziata is not just home for Trediberri, but also its heart. To hear winemaker Nicola Oberto speak passionately of this vineyard is to hear him discuss a lifelong love affair. He was literally born in front of the vineyard, with memories of kicking a soccer ball around the muddy vines at four years old. Like any wine of this stature, this Barolo will age for decades, but unlike many of its peers, it delivers immediate pleasure too.
Like all wines from Trediberri, the Barolo possesses a thorough line of elegance and purity. Notable for its drinkability and finesse, even at a young age, there is no doubt that this wine will develop gracefully over the years. Trediberri aims for a “weightless” power to the wine, which is meant to typify the best of La Morra. Starting with the 2019 vintage, 96% of fruit comes from their Berri vineyards, with the remainder from Torriglione, the North East facing hill immediately outside their cellar that completes the Rocche dell’Annunziata amphitheater. As such, the Trediberri team decided to label their flagship Barolo as Barolo Berri.
Langhe Nebbiolo is not only one of the greatest values in Piedmont, but often serves as a barometer for the seriousness and talents of a producer. Trediberri’s is unquestionably one of the best available. Primarily from their vineyards in La Morra and Roero, this Nebbiolo is also sourced from alongside their Dolcetto vines in Vicoforte. As winemaker Nicola Oberto exclaims, this is “a wine that’s meant to be easy, but certainly not trivial.” It’s delightfully food friendly, playing just as nicely with charcuterie as it does with a rich ragu.
The grapes for this Barbera are sourced from the sandier soils of Roero and several vineyards just outside the hamlet of Torriglione. Like the Dolcetto, fermentation takes place in concrete and stainless steel tanks and only uses indigenous yeasts. Interestingly, the Barbera is the only varietal at Trediberri that is subjected to an aggressive green harvest. The resulting wine is rich and round, and the absence of oak brings intense purity.
Dogliani Dolcetto "Bricco Mollea"
Trediberri’s first vintage of Dolcetto was in 2019, and was received with much enthusiasm. Starting with a grand cru, single vineyard site in the grape’s spiritual home of Dogliani, the fruit is then fermented in concrete to preserve freshness and purity the terroir. The final wine bursts with the kind of acidity that shines at the dinner table.