The Giovanni Manzone 2018 Barolo Bricat is made from Nebbiolo grapes that come from a small plot in the Gramolere vineyard, named after the small house (the Bricat house). The original core consists of vines that are over 50 years old and a small part of these Nebbiolo vines come from the old Rosé sub-variety and give the Barolo Bricat DOCG finesse and class. The orientation is southwest and the sandy limestone soil with layers of red clay gives the production of these vines a special character.
The grapes are harvested by hand in mid/late October and then processed immediately. They then undergo spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, which extends over a month.
After about 3 years of aging in large oak barrels and a few months of rest in concrete tanks, the wine is bottled during the waning moon period. The Barolo Bricat goes on sale approximately five years after harvest, with production limited to a few thousand bottles.
This Barolo Bricat is a beautiful, noble wine. Dried herbs, pine, menthol, spices and licorice give the wine an aromatic complexity that harmonizes wonderfully with the red cherry fruit and dark berries. On the palate, the Barolo impresses with great freshness, structure and energy. The tannins are polished and the wine is beautifully balanced. The finish has a purity and is pleasantly long. Drinking window: 2023-2035