Sordo Barolo Villero D.O.C.G.
Altitude (masl): 230-350 m
Soil: clayey-sandy, limestone, composed of grey marl, brown clays and grey sand of marine origin
Age of the vineyard: 30-60 years
Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 30°C with long submerged cap maceration from 4 to 7 weeks. depending on the vintage. Natural malolactic fermentation at 20°C. Storage in stainless steel tanks for 2-4 months.
Maturation: 24 months in big Slavonian oak barrels.
Ageing: 4-6 months in stainless steel tanks and a minimum 6 months in the bottle.
Spicy, stone fruit perfume, dried flowers, aromatic green herb, red fruits. Fluid, red fruits, finesse, juicy red fruits, fine tannin and acidity sweeping through with delicious fruit, finish is a long cool breeze. Precise. Incredibly good.
96+ points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, October 2019.
"A lighter colour here, but the bouquet is very complex, with lots of foresty sousbois aromas. It's starting to show mellowness. Layered and gorgeous, with great intensity and drive, power and length. A great wine."
98 points, The Real Review (June 2019)
"Some camphor or mint aromas at first, which became less evident amidst the complexity of the bouquet. Dried rose petals and musk. Hauntingly perfumed. The tannins are assertive and firm, with a slightly stern edge, but the wine is excellent all round. A magnificent but more tightly held style, compact and full of tension. (The price reflects very small volume and the fame of the cru. From Castiglione Falletto)"
97 points, The Real Review (June 2019)
"Beautiful clarity to this wine with roses, fresh strawberries and hints of fruit tea on the nose that follow through to a full body. Yet, it’s tight and very focused on the long finish. Excellent tannin backbone."
94 points, jamessuckling.com (June 2019)
The Azienda Agricola Giovanni Sordo is to be found in the heart of the well-known Barolo region, in the municipality of Castiglione Falletto – just a few kilometres away from Alba, in the province of Cuneo. It’s a family-run winery, now in the capable hands of Giorgio – Giovanni’s son – the third generation of a family who has been tending and producing wines for more than a century. The estate was founded in 1912 by the great-father Giuseppe, but the real turn overcame with his son Giovanni who – together with his wife Maria, the real witness of the family’s story – bought several vineyards of Nebbiolo for Barolo - the Sorì in Piedmontese language – among the best in the Barolo wine district. The soil of these vineyards – a compact calcareous marl – is rich in micronutrients which – together with the unique microclimate of the Langhe region – creates a perfect environment for the growing of Nebbiolo grape. It is a vigorous and difficult grape which can give amazing wines with powerful aromas and great ageing potential.
Today the Sordo family owns 53 hectares, spread out in the municipalities of Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d’Alba, Monforte d’Alba, Barolo, Novello, La Morra, Verduno, Grinzane Cavour and Vezza d’Alba.
Sordo is unique: it is the only existing winery which can boast 8 different kinds of Barolo – the crus – whose vineyards are located in the areas of 5 different municipalities in the Barolo wine district.