Sordo Barolo Gabutti D.O.C.G.
Exposure: South, South-West
Altitude (masl): 250-300 m
Soil: lequio formation with lightly compacted calcareous clay marl from the Helevetian age
Age of the vineyard: 35-50 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.
'Of a strong regional Serralunga postcode, this is a structured Barolo melding autumnal leaves, tatami and forested porcini notes, with a transparent beam of bright cherry, molten strawberry and kirsch. Hailing from one of the region’s greatest vineyards, this sumptuous Barolo revels in the complexity of its dichotomies: carnal notes, dank and dark; meshed to those that sear the memory with a beauty that reminds one of Pinot and its aromatic grace and balletic elegance. Gorgeous gear!'
97 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.