The vineyard sites are both inside and outside these MGA (Menzioni Geografiche Aggiuntive, commonly referred to as “cru”) and the following areas are registered for “Nebbiolo da Barolo.”
They are as follows:
Pernanno MGA: in Castigline Falletto. Size: 0.25ha, used from 2012 thru the 2019 vintage.
Serralunga: (I call this plot “Sotto-Rionda” located at the edge of the Vignarionda MGA but outside the boundary), in Serralunga d’Alba. Size: 0.2ha, used since 2014.
Monforte: (at the edge of the Ginestra and Mosconi MGA but outside the boundary), in Monforte d’Alba. Size: 0.48ha, used since 2015
Vignane MGA: in Barolo. Size: 0.98ha, used since 2018.
Coste di Rose MGA: in Barolo. Size: 0.58ha, used since 2020
Vineyards By Commune:
Monforte d’Alba (Loc. Ginestra): The site is located near the Monforte cemetery at the southwestern edge of the Ginestra and Mosconi just outside the MGA boundary, east-facing between 470-500m with almost 0.5ha planted. The soil is heavy with a high percentage of clay, mixed with moderate sand content, and gives structure and acidity to the final wine.
Castiglione Falletto (Pernanno MGA): the site is 0.25ha in the SE-facing portion of the Pernanno MGA, close to the village of Castiglione, on a very steep sandy slope between 240-290m. Mechanization is impossible in this precipitous vineyard. Everything must be carried in and out by hand – usually on your shoulders … and the access road is at the top of the slope. I call this site the “alcol gym.” This site gives fruit of a particular delicacy with high-toned aromatics with dark cherry and strawberry overtones. My lease ran out after the 2019 vintage.
Serralunga d’Alba (borders on the Vignarionda MGA): The 0.2ha site borders the bottom of the Vignarionda MGA (but is just outside the boundary; I call it Sotto-Rionda”) between 300 and 320m altitude with clay soil and small amounts of sand. I have been friends for years with the grape-growing family that owns this site and since 2014 they have supplied me with outstanding fruit from this site. The character of this site provides tannin and structure to the M8 Barolo.
Barolo (Vignane MGA and Coste di Rose MGA): In the commune of Barolo, the 1.6ha Vignane is on a southwest-facing hill between 240-280m. The parcel consists of 0.98ha for “Nebbiolo da Barolo” and 0.6ha of other plantings. The soil has inter-fingerings and alternating layers of sand and lighter clays. Vignane is known for fruit of exceptional elegance and harmony.
Vignane had about 0.4 ha of land that was originally planted with Dolcetto and Chardonnay but has been re-registered for Nebbiolo Langhe that will be planted in spring 2020. The first vintage with fruit from this site will be in 2022. There remains about 0.2ha of Chardonnay.
The Coste di Rose site is 1ha on a steep, east-southeast facing slope of high sand percentage. The vines are between 250 and 290m in altitude and the part planted to Nebbiolo da Barolo is about 0.58ha. At the bottom of the hill is about 0.29ha Chardonnay, then about 0.13ha Nebbiolo Langhe just upslope of the Chardonnay. The upper section of the hill is Nebbiolo da Barolo.
In 2020, plants used to make Barolo range in age from 9-55 years old across the four vineyard sites.
All vineyards are worked by hand for pruning, tying, trimming, scacchiatura, crop and shoot thinning, shoot arranging, trellis cleaning, weaving the “ar caplé”, and harvest. A tractor is used for only limited work in Ginestra, Sotto-Rionda, Vignane and Coste di Rose.