Luca Currado of Vietti winery just left the office, having brought a lineup of Vietti wines to taste. Vietti winery has been trailblazing in Piedmont, Italy for many decades and now is considered one of the very top producers of Barolo. The single vineyard 2010 Barolo Ravera recently received 100 points from Antonio Galloni, not an easy feat. The Ravera is a traditionally-made Barolo, and according to Luca, started out as an experiment which has come full circle.
As I tasted, I began to think about the wines of Vietti as a whole and just how diverse the portfolio is. With nine years of serious wine collecting under my belt, I can think of no other winery with such a high level of quality and vast selection as Vietti. What truly started me on the road to collecting wine with the intention of cellaring and enjoying throughout my life was the Vietti Barolo Rocche. It was “that” bottle, the one that convinced me that a wine can cost $150 and be worth every penny. The good news is that Vietti is not just about $150 bottles of Barolo.
The fact is that Vietti is a producer of some of the best quality-to-price ratio wines coming out of Piedmont, Italy today. With an entry level, yet absolutely stunning Barbera Tre vigne and a fresh and bubbly Moscato d’Asti, to fill the any-day nitch. The Roero Arneis is a versatile, floral and mineral-driven wine with a gorgeously long finish that can satisfy your thirst for both an unassuming as well as a thought-provoking white wine. The extremely affordable Nebbiolo Perbacco is practically an entry-level Barolo in all but name. It’s rich with ripe cherry and floral rose on the nose, yet stacked and muscular on the palate; great to pair with food now or on its own after a few years in the cellar.
In fact, Vietti has a wine for just about any palate and any occasion. Their upper tier Barbera and Barbaresco are seductive and nuanced with over a decade’s worth of aging potential. And then, of course, there are the Barolos. The Barolo Castiglione is one of the best values in Barolo, which receives fruit from a number of esteemed vineyards and at an average cost of $50. Vietti treats each parcel that feeds the blend of Castiglione, the same way he treats his single vineyard, top shelf Barolo. It’s a tremendous wine and a tremendous value. Lastly, there’s a set of unique, single vineyard bottlings, which are each tailored to fit any preference of Barolo, whether it be the delicate and finessed Rocche or the dark, rich and mineral inflected Lazzarito.
Can you tell I’m smitten?
Well, it’s all that and more. If you know Vietti, I’m sure you agree, and if you don’t, then I suggest you seek them out. Because whether you have a ten-bottle capacity wine fridge in your kitchen or a 10,000-bottle cellar you call home, these are wines that belong in everyone’s collection. And for those of you that are searching for that 2010 Ravera, Luca assured me that you can look forward to this wine being produced for many vintages to come.
If this article has really peaked your interest in this amazing winery, I strongly urge you to check out their website. Vietti is a family-run business that can trace its roots back to the 19th century, and their website is an excellent resource for information on the family, its wines and even some great Piedmont recipes.
2010 Vietti Barolo Castiglione – The 2010 Vietti Castiglione is one of the most aromatically impressive examples of this wine that I have ever come across. It’s dark and intense with red berries and sweet spice, yet floral with a hint of menthol, giving lift and dark soil tones, adding contrast. On the palate, it showed amazing density of fruit with a regal structure. Even at this youthful stage, it shows ripe red berries, herbs and hints of spice. The finish is floral and long with saturating red fruit, yet slightly austere with youthful tannin. This is an amazing wine now and will only get better. (94+ points)
Article and Tasting Notes by: Eric Guido