Fratelli Revello, Barolo Gattera 2016
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Enzo and Carlo Revello take over their father's estate in 1990: their vineyards, once belonging to the local parish, boast parcels in the crus of Giachini, Rocche dell'Annunziata, Conca dell'Annunziata and Gattera from which four single vineyard Baroli are made. A Barolo "base", a Barbera "base", a barrique aged Barbera, a Langhe Nebbiolo and a Dolcetto complete the range of wines. The Giachini cru, although it is adjacent to the Rocche vineyard, yields wines with a very different character. Rocche dell'Annunziata is undoubtedly the most important cru together with Brunate in La Morra. Conca is a cru in the lower part of the Annunziata district of La Morra, yielding wines that are slightly austere and more similar to the wines of Serralunga and of Castiglione Falletto. The beautiful cru of Gattera, dominated by a cedar of Lebanon that was planted at the end of 1800s, was chosen by the brothers as the wines made from these vineyards, due to the soil, altitude and exposure, are suitable to be aged in large oak. In fact the Revello's Barolo Gattera rests for 24 months in 15 hectolitre Slavonian oak casks. The cellar is modern and equipped with rotary fermentors and vats with temperature control: fermentation and maceration with the skins is short, approximately four days for the Baroli. The wines rest in French oak barriques, except for Barolo Gattera as mentioned before. Viticulture here is sustainable, only sulphur and copper base products, no insecticides (sexual confusion is used against the grape-fruit moth). Grass is left between the rows of vines and every other year it is mowed in autumn and worked into the soil as green manure. The estate does not only have wines to offer: if you are travelling in the area, you can stay at the delightful "Agriturismo".