A 2013 Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo Offer

“One of my favourite things to do when visiting a producer whose wines I covet is to ask them who else locally is making great wines that they buy for their own cellar”, says our co-wine buyer, Adam Cotterell. “On a recent trip to Piedmont, the same name – Claudio Fenocchio – came up several times”.

The 2013 Barolo release from Claudio, a fifth generation winemaker now in charge of Giacomo Fenocchio in Monforte d’Alba, has just arrived and we’re thrilled to say the least. While the wines at this cantina have been described as minimalist, traditionalist or non-interventionist, what’s most important is that they exhibit a level of vineyard clarity only found amongst the highest echelon of Barolo’s producers.

Comprising five different crus, plus a special back-vintage offer, the following wines are available in limited quantities:

2013 Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo ‘Normale’
The ‘classico’ or ‘normale’ is a blend of young vines from the Pianpolvere cru located in Monforte d’Alba. Truly delicious as a young wine but will age in the medium term. $92

Iris, dark-skinned berry, aromatic herb and new leather aromas take shape in the glass. Vibrant and focused, the bright palate doles out crushed raspberry, Marasca cherry, clove and white pepper framed in tightly knit but polished tannins. It’s well balanced, with fresh acidity. Drink 2020–2028. 91 points
Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, January 2017

2013 Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo ‘Cannubi’
The soils in Fenocchio’s plot of Cannubi are characterised by marl and are lighter and sandier than those of Villero and Bussia, giving a distinctive elegance to its weight and higher-toned aromatics. $148

Rose, blue flower, perfumed berry and mint aromas set the tone on this vibrant red. Elegant and linear, the luminous palate delivers cherry, pomegranate, white pepper and clove. Firm refined tannins provide structure and poise. It’s youthfully austere but already balanced, with bright acidity. Drink 2023–2038. 93 Points
Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, January 2017

2013 Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo ‘Villero’
The estate has one hectare of vines (average of 60 years old) in Castiglione Falleto’s Villero, with a southwest aspect. Weight and intensity but with astonishing mid-palate texture. $148

New leather, woodland berry, dark spice and menthol aromas unfold in the glass. It’s bright and juicy, offering tight layers of raspberry compote, morello cherry, cinnamon and clove alongside firm, chewy tannins. Fresh acidity lends balance while a graphite note energizes the finish. Give this time to unwind and develop even more complexity. Drink 2023–2038. 93 points
Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, January 2017

2013 Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo ‘Castellero’
In its second year of production as the Castellero cru (these grapes previously went into the Barolo ‘Normale’), the vineyard is located between Bussia and Cannubi (next to Sandrone’s cantina). 70% of vines are 45 years old, 30% have been replanted and are 10-12 years old. A future classic within the Fennochio range. $124

Woodland berry, new leather, dark baking spice and rose aromas are front and centre on this radiant red. It’s well structured and loaded with finesse, delivering morello cherry, wild strawberry, clove and star anise framed in firm refined tannins and vibrant acidity. Young and balanced, it will be even better with more bottle age. Drink 2023–2043. 95 Points
Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, January 2017

2013 Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo ‘Bussia’
Bussia in Monforte d’Alba is one of Barolo’s legendary cru vineyards, typically producing wines of great depth and power with great ageing potential. The estate has five hectares of vines (average of 30 years old) in Bussia with a south-southwest aspect. Clay, Helvetian limestone, calcareous sediments and a strong presence of iron characterises the soil. A powerful and deep expression of Barolo. $132

Rose, iris, wild berry and baking spice aromas merge with scents of new leather and a balsamic menthol note on this stunning and classically crafted Barolo. The structured polished palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry, pipe tobacco and licorice framed in tightly knit noble tannins and bright acidity. It’s going to just keep getting better and better over the next few decades. Drink from 2023 through 2053. 97 points
Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, January 2017

2010 Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo ‘Villero’ (back vintage offer)
Luckily for us, Fenocchio’s Australian importer has wisely stashed a good amount of this brilliant and benchmark vintage that we are very happy to make available. $148

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

Barolo, prices as marked or 10% off for purchases of six or more.
Please email ac@blackhearts.com.au to place an order.