Tortoniano is named for the tortonian-era (9 million years ago) soils in which the vines are planted, rich in microelements such as magnesium and manganese. Grape clusters are thinned and harvested up to 15 days later than usual for the fruit to attain a higher concentration. Temperatures are strictly controlled during vinification and the wine is aged for two years in large oak casks and one year in bottle before release.

95 Points
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2016 vintage
94 Points
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Harvest Note
The 2018 vintage was characterized by a long winter with abundant snow and then rain in the spring, restoring the precious water reserve after 2017 experienced very little rainfall. May and early June required careful monitoring of grape health. The year continued with a hot and dry summer, and the abundant quantity of fruit required the elimination of excess bunches (thinning of 30-35%). An ideal climate in the last weeks of summer and then mild days and cool nights of September allowed for a gradual maturation and the development of strong and elegant aromas. Harvest was carried out between October 6 and 10, collecting very healthy and perfectly ripe grapes that express the characteristics of the terroir.
Tasting Note
Garnet color with brilliant luminous hues. The nose is inviting and complex with notes of rose petals, juniper berries and fine spices. Elegant with ample structure and silky tannins, and a long finish.
Food Pairing
Mushroom pasta, fowl, matured cheeses
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Nebbiolo
APPELLATION: Barolo DOCG
PH: 3.65
ACIDITY: 5.8 g/l
ABV: 14%
AGING: Minimum of 3 years. Aged for 24 months in average-sized oak casks before 12 months in bottle.
Unique Selling Points
  • Named after the tortonian-era soils (9 MM years old) in which the vines are planted
  • Grapes from select vineyards that the Chiarlo family has worked with for generations
  • Matured two years in oak barrels and one year in bottle before release

About the Grape

Nebbiolo
Young Nebbiolo can be tough, acidic and tannic; but mature, its blackberry and wild cherry flavors and aromas develop complex and sublime violet, rose petal, truffle and tar notes.
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