Tortoniano is named for the tortonian-era soils in which the vines are planted, which contain a high percentage of magnesium and manganese. Grape clusters are thinned and harvested up to 15 days later than usual so that the fruit attains 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.

94 Points
Wine Enthusiast
2015 vintage
92 Points
Wine Advocate
2015 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2015 vintage had ideal climatic conditions, which allowed the grapes to mature perfectly. The rain in August, followed by a sunny September with good thermal excursion between day and night temperatures, favored a slow ripening of the Nebbiolo grapes in Barolo, which resulted in a harvest during a normal time period (October 2-5). The Barolo labels from this vintage have remarkable structure and are distinguished by a marked richness and aromatic elegance with notes of sweet fruit and spice. The palate is silky, with tannins that linger. It is a great vintage that can be enjoyed young, but is also has aging potential.
Tasting Note
The wine shows layered aromas of rose petals, juniper berries and fine spices. On the palate the acidity is balanced and the tannins are silky, leading to a long finish.
Food Pairing
This wine is a superlative pairing for fettuccine with porcini, braised red meats, and well-matured cheeses.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Nebbiolo
APPELLATION: Barolo DOCG
PH: 3.58
ACIDITY: 5.85 g/l
ABV: 14%
AGING: Minimum of 3 years aged for 24 months in average-sized oak casks before refinement in the bottle
Unique Selling Points
  • Matured for 12 months in oak casks for greater complexity
  • Grapes come from select vineyards of growers with whom the Chiarlo family has dealt for generations.

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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