2013 Giovanni Manzone Barolo 'Bricat'
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $49.94 (was: $69.94)
The 2013 Barolos are going fast as Nebbiolo fans have realized that this is the vintage to go long on. There is no shortage of great examples in the region but as always, the under-the-radar little guys are making the best, most distinctive examples, and, despite the hype, there is still great value to be had. Manzone makes little more than a few thousand cases every year, focusing on their single-vineyard expressions from Monforte d’Alba, and we have the stunning old-vine ‘Bricat’ Barolo for under 50 bucks, the lowest price you’ll find stateside!
Earning 95 points from Galloni for its profile of “cherry, plum, lavender, mint, wild herbs and smoke,” the Bricat’s character comes solely from the Gramolere cru as Manzone uses only natural yeast, a long maceration, and large used barrels for aging.
Gramolere is one of the top crus in Monforte d’Alba, and Manzone’s parcel sits at the highest point (~1,200') with excellent exposure along the steep hillside. For the ‘Bricat’ Barolo, they select from the oldest vines (50+ years old) in the steep Gramolere vineyard. (‘Bricat’ is named for the original owner of the site, but coincidentally it also means ‘little hill!’)
2013 was a terrific year for Nebbiolo, which prefers a long and slow growing season. Five years on the consensus remains that it's a standout vintage, with Galloni recently writing that the 2013s “continue to impress for their grace and finesse.”
Manzone’s ‘Bricat’ is a phenomenally well-crafted Barolo from this perfect vintage and will age gracefully for two decades! Cheers!