Barolo, Arborina, 2008

  Renato Corino

Barolo, Arborina

Complex nose, tannic and powerful but not harsh thanks to the abundance of ripe juicy cassis and raspberry fruit. Sweet, profound, racy and delicious, crunchy, crisp forest berry fruit, hints of sweet strawberry with notes of stone and rock salt. Aged in 50% oak with malolactic fermentation in barrel, this is a touch oakier than the Altare version but is packed with dense ripe fruit.

Contains Sulphites.

About Renato Corino

Renato left the Giovanni Corino estate in the capable hands of his brother, Giuliano, in 2003. Having kept some vines from the original Corino estate and eventually having finished work on his own cellars in Annunziata la Morra, Renato is now in a position to release his own wines. His return sees with it the homecoming of the wonderful old vines Barbera Pozzo, planted in 1953, and also the legendary Barolo Vigna Rocche vineyard. Renato also kept some Arborina vines and will, in certain years, make Vecchie Vigne as well as Dolcetto and Barbera, whilst Giuliano has kept all of the Giachini. Renato made the 2004 vintage with the help of his brother, whilst the 2005s will be the first vintage made completely by his own enormous hands. Whilst his style is true to the purity of classic La Morra-style Barolos and is not dissimilar to that of his brother, the wines also display a unique and distinctive wild, opulent character. In the modern Barolo mould, the wines are lightly extracted and aged in french oak barriques. The result is great wine of perfume and intensity.

Appellation: Barolo

Barolo is the greatest, most intense and expressive display of the Northern Italian grape variety Nebbiolo. The name is given to bottles from the Piedmont area, made exclusively from Nebbiolo, and coming from the five core towns of Barolo, La Morra, Serralunga d'Alba, Castiglione Falletto and Monforte d'Alba, along with certain other peripherary villages. The wines offer power, aromatics and longevity that is almost unmatched elsewhere in Italy, perhaps the world. Top, forward thinking producers have pushed huge changes in the winemaking culture of the area, and as a result finer, purer Barolo is being produced than ever before.

Grape Type: Nebbiolo

Arguably Italy's greatest red grape variety, responsible in North-West Italy’s Piedmont region for the great reds of Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero. At its best it produces wines of an aromatic complexity and subtlety similar to that of great Burgundy, a region from where many pioneering producers such as Elio Altare drew their inspiration. The aromas and flavours are very different in profile to Pinot Noir however, usually characterised by roses, tar and truffle. Naturally tannic and acidic, Nebbiolo wines are excellent for long term ageing.