Sordo Barolo Monvigliero D.O.C.G.
The Cru of Monvigliero is situated in the north of the municipality of Verduno near the northernmost point of Barolo.
Exposure: South, South-East
Altitude (masl): 280-320 m
Soil: Soil tending to loose, composed of dryish, plae fine-grained amrl age
Age of the vineyard: 35-40 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
'A stellar cru in the commune of Verduno, prized historically for a looser weave of tannin, dense fruit and exotic perfume. Indeed, this gorgeous 2014 captures aromas of tar, five spice, dried florals, bitter chocolate, truffle, forest floor and black cherry, all given lift by a whiff of balsamic. This is the crowd-pleaser of the estate’s set of wines: detailed and complex for the collector; loosely knit enough for the newcomer to the idiom. The tannins are ballbearing-like and beautifully ripe without a hint of greenness, transcending the challenges of the vintage. Soft and pliant enough, too, to facilitate imminent approachability to mid-term ageing. Strongly recommended.'
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.