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  • Writer's pictureJohn Paul Kaminga

Barolo in All but Name: Fratelli Alessandria Nebbiolo

We talk about Fratelli Alessandria often. They are quite simply one of the best wineries in Barolo, and we feel privileged to carry their wines. Farming organically, limiting yields and harvesting by hand are where things start, but it is their deft touch in the winery that really sets them apart. Their Nebbiolo-based wines are powerful and dense, but in the context of Barolo their style is elegant and suave, with soaring aromatics, firm but balanced tannins and beautiful fresh fruit nuances. Their Barolos are aged in cask for a few years before release and still retain gorgeous pure fruit flavors, but their Langhe Nebbiolo is released early and shows a more exuberant and lively fruitiness. The Langhe Nebbiolo 'Prinsiot', which comes from three vineyards in Verduno, spends only 10 months in cask, and is released at 2 years of age. If it was released two years later it could be labeled as a Barolo and the price would be double. In any given year this is always one of the best values we can offer, a wine we can confidently recommend taking a position on.

Fratelli Alessandria Langhe Nebbiolo 'Prinsiot' 2019 - $25

Gorgeous cherry and plum, rose and mint, hints of spice, fungi and petrichor. Tightly wound and tense, this could use another 6 months to a year to flesh out, but the fruit intensity, fine strong tannic grip, precise acid line, and persistence on the palate tells you there is immense potential here. More serious than many a Barolo, though one should note that this is ostensibly Barolo, simply released too early to take the name. I wouldn't be surprised if it was singing a pretty little tune at age 20. Bravo Fratelli!

As always, this wine will mix and match with other wines to receive 10% off 6 bottles or 12% off 12 bottles. Please send an email to to place your orders or inquiries.

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