2010 was a supreme Barolo vintage. The fine framework of the wines was matched by a core of ripe yet delineated fruit – in essence, they had all the hallmarks of a classical vintage that will age remarkably well. We’ve managed to get our hands on some of the commanding Giacomo Fenocchio 2010 Barolo, spanning all three of his impressive crus – Cannubi, Villero & Bussia.
Claudio Fenocchio currently runs the estate that has been in his family since 1947. His father, Giacomo was one of the leading voices behind bottling of single crus in Barolo, championing expression of site. The winemaking approach is straightforward, employing wild yeasts and longer ferments of 40-50 days are performed in stainless steel to tame tannins and set colour, followed by aging in large older Slavonian botti. While Fenocchio tends more toward the traditional style, he is by no means behind the times. He’s not afraid to embrace technology and the recent acquisition of a new cellar and equipment has brought further refinement and elegance to the wines.
Regional and ‘cru’ expression within Barolo has been an exciting learning curve of late, particularly with epic books by Alessandro Masnaghetti and Kerin O’Keefe. These have helped drinkers to shed light on the inner workings of the region, the details of each vineyard, their soils and what essentially makes them tick. In a marginal climate like Piedmont, understanding the knife edge of exposition and vineyard positioning are essential to achieving balanced ripeness.
All of Fenocchio’s fruit is ‘estate’ grown in prime locations, with each bearing a distinct personality, despite all 3 sites sitting within a 5km radius. These cult wines certainly express the pedigree in these vines with easy charm and humility. Now sitting at six years of age, they are in their first stages of starting to relax and open, though they have many years ageing ahead.
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~ Cannubi, Barolo Commune
Planted on hillside slopes with a warming south-east exposure in the enamoured Cannubi Boschis part of the famed Cannubi vineyard. The marl and sandy soils here are lighter than other communes, luring the wines beguiling nature out quicker than the other communes.
2010 Giacomo Fenocchio Cannubi Barolo
‘The 2010 is gorgeous, with elegant floral aromas and vibrant red cherry fruit accented with spice and mineral alongside bright acidity and firm but fine tannins. It has structure, finesse and impeccable balance.’ Kerin O’Keefe, The King and Queen of Italian Wine
~ Villero, Castiglione Falletto Commune
The soils here are rich in limestone and iron, providing a firm framework that ages gracefully. With a prized south-west aspect that ensures a consistent year-on-year ripening.
2010 Giacomo Fenocchio Villero Barolo
‘The 2010 is a hallmark Barolo with black cherry, white pepper, mineral and balsamic sensations alongside youthful, brooding tannins that need time to tame.’ Kerin O’Keefe, The King and Queen of Italian Wine
~ Bussia, Monforte d’Alba Commune
Located in Bussia Sottana, part of the ‘true Bussia,’ which has expanded dramatically over the years. Like Villero the soils are rich in limestone and iron, aiding structure and fuelling longevity. A thread of minerality threads through these wines.
2010 Giacomo Fenocchio Bussia Barolo
‘The 2010 (which Claudio compares to the wonderful 2001 vintage), delivers floral, incense, bright red berry, graphite, mineral and licorice sensations alongside bracing tannins and lively acidity. It has a classic structure for lengthy aging and should develop complexity over time.’ Kerin O’Keefe, The King and Queen of Italian Wine
2006 Giacomo Fenocchio Bussia Barolo Riserva…SOLD OUT
Retail $155 Offer $139…. SOLD OUT
Made only in exceptional vintages and aged for 3 years in old large Slavonian botti (instead of 30 months for the regular crus), with 10 years of age this is drinking beautifully. From the mild 2006 vintage, this has an elegant yet firm framework wrapped around a core of complexing fruit, spice and tobacco leaf. There is plenty of primary fruit left here, promising further ageing.
The combination of rarity, a great vintage and value make this an unmissable offer. These wines will continue to age and add layers and complexity. While we have a good allocation, we know these wines will move quickly, so please don’t hesitate if you’d like to secure some.
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