The fruit for the 2017 release again hails primarily from the younger vines off of the ‘Ascheri’ block (planted in 1980) on a southwest facing slope at 1,100 feet in elevation. The other block is from ‘Cascina Motturone’ just southwest of Ascheri at 900 feet in elevation on a west facing slope and was initially planted in 1980 along with more recent vines in 2002. Matteo describes 2017 as tough vintage in the vineyard but easy in the winery. Slowing down the ripening as much as possible while keeping the vines still pushing energy was the balancing act. While this ‘entry level’ Barolo may appear to be simply that, there is so much more here and it is easily the best vintage that Matteo has made of this wine.
The grapes were hand-harvested in early-October with the bunches being destemmed and fermented without any additions in stainless steel vats. Frequent pigeage was employed to gain optimum extraction and the lots spent between 45 and 60 days on skins after which everything was pressed to a combination of used French oak barrique and Slavonian botti. After 24 months of aging with only a single racking during the two years in wood, the wine was racked to tank, blended and bottled without fining or filtration.