Mauro Veglio Barolo Castelletto 2016
|Region||Italy, Piedmont, Barolo|
The 2016 Barolo Castelletto, the sole Veglio wine from Monforte, is always an outlier stylistically in the range, but in 2016 that difference is especially evident. Dark, rich and beguiling in its beauty, the 2016 has so much going on. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, licorice, menthol and spice all flesh out in this strapping, virile Barolo. I would give the 2016 a few years to come into its own.
Aromas of dark-skinned berry, camphor, iris and oak-driven spice shape the nose. On the full-bodied palate, assertive fine-grained tannins accompany dried cherry, exotic spice and crushed botanical herb. Drink after 2026.
The Mauro Veglio 2016 Barolo Castelletto is a darkly saturated expression of Nebbiolo with aromas that naturally pull toward dark fruit, cola, aniseed and balsamic herb. These give the wine a determined and powerful bouquet. The wine's structural presence is more elaborate too, and you taste the youthful tannins. These characteristics underline the wine's Monforte d'Alba geographic identity. Mauro Veglio farms 3.5 hectares in Castelletto, with some fruit going to this wine and some to the classic blended Barolo. Skin macerations are relatively short (lasting up to 20 days in the case of this wine), and the finished wine ages in new and neutral oak for two years. Some 6,500 bottles were made.