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.

95 Points
Wine Enthusiast
2016 vintage
93 Points
Wine Advocate
2016 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2016 vintage will long be remembered for its rare qualitative excellence. The harvest period has seen climatic conditions that have followed the standards of the seasons, without presenting any weather anomaly, allowing the exceptionally healthy grapes to reach perfect and uniform maturation, in accordance to the usual time periods. An adequate thinning of the bunches in August has allowed the plant to channel all of its energy on fewer bunches during the last 40 days, resulting in an excellent maturation that has also enjoyed sunny days and cool nights. Harvest has taken place according to standard time (October 6-12th). An outstanding vintage endowed with great structure, complex flavors and remarkable longevity.
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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