Sordo Barolo Monprivato D.O.C.G.
Altitude (masl): 240-320 m
Soil: muddy, limestone, rich in active limestone, composed of grey-blue marls of marine formation
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.
'An exceptional vineyard, Monprivato faces southwest, eking ripeness from its fruit to an altitude of around 300 metres. Guisseppe Mascarello may be the most famous craftsmen of the site but Sordo is as established, rendering scented, detailed and highly traditional wines as is the estate’s wont. Cardamon, orange peel, clove and cinnamon scents lend a Moroccan silhouette to a darker core of cherry, mulch and truffle. This needs time, but will surely be a winner with mid-term cellaring.'
95 points, Ned Goodwin MW, April 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.