testCasa Molisso (Piedmont, Italy)

Casa Molisso is a tiny family-owned winery in Piedmont with 5 ha of vineyard, mainly planted with Nebbiolo, the grape of Barolo. Delia Falqui is the owner and one of the few female Barolo wine makers, and she annually produces about 8,000 bottles of Barolo with great respect for nature.

The main vineyard of Casa Molisso is located in Fossati, one of the crus on the border between the municipality of Barolo and La morra. The vineyard is south, south-east facing and the soil is mainly clay and lime. The Fossati vineyard is situated on one long slope, with its peak in La Morra, and its lower end to the more famous Sarmassa crus area. The altitude of 340-480 is a significant one for Nebbiolo, and accordingly the wines from this area show a great freshness and elegance, yet have sufficient tannic structure and substance to improve by aging for over ten years.

Barolo is the name of a town in the Langhe wine district in the province of Cuneo in southern Piedmont. The production area was officially established in 1927 and includes vineyards around the tiny town of Barolo itself, plus another 11 satellite towns and villages.

The wine Barolo is sometimes described as the wine of kings, and the king of wines. It is a wine with great structure and elegance, an enormous potential of quality, and huge complexity.

The basis for this extraordinary wine is a quirky, autochthonous grape variety, Nebbiolo. The name “Nebbiolo” refers to the Italian “la nebbia” for fog, probably because the grapes have a ”foggy” look when they ripen, but also because fog is a common phenomenon that occurs during the late harvest period. The grape has a high tannin and acidity, flowers early and ripens late. Only 4% of grapes grown in the entire Piedmonte region are Nebbiolo grapes for Barolo!

The reputation of the Barolo that we know today in terms of style originated as far back as 1840, when the Marchioness Giulia Colbert Faletti di Barolo sent few bottles sent to King Carlo Alberto di Savoia. Impressed by the unique quality of the wine, he filled up his basements and he bought a winery in Piedmont. Marchioness Faletti had Louis Oudart, a French oenologist, appointed to study winemaking techniques and continue to be on point. Together with a cousin of the Marchioness, Conte di Cavour, the future Prime Minister of Italy, they laid the foundations of today's complex and special Barolo wine. Barolo has much more recently, in 1993, quite a stir in the wine landscape caused by the leading wine magazine The Wine Spectator with four wines of Angelo Gaja.

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