2014 Vietti Barolo Castiglione
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $43.94 (was: $51.94)
"Vietti has ascended into the top tier of Barolo producers, but thankfully the estate has not abandoned a commitment to affordable quality." - Antonio Galloni
Coming hot off the heels of the exceptional 2013 vintage, 2014 is here to offer some much needed value to savvy Barolo fans. Vietti is an “elite, reference-point producer” (Galloni) that also happens to produce some pretty terrific values across the board, including their so-called entry-level Barolo Castiglione.
A traditional blend of the various communes including Monforte d’Alba, Castiglione Falletto, and La Morra, Castiglione combines the best qualities of the disparate crus to make a balanced wine that overachieves in any vintage. It’s an even better value in vintages like 2014, when hail storms cut yields, so some of their best crus went into this classic cuvee. The result is a Barolo that really outperforms, and it's one of the best sub $50 Barolo in the whole vintage!
Vietti is one of the few estates in Barolo that “successfully thread the needle between traditional and more contemporary” according to Galloni and have over the past decade, moved “into the top tier of Barolo.” Their best crus and riservas frequently go for well north of a hundred bucks, but with yields down significantly in 2014, the priority was all on the classic Castiglione cuvee.
Vietti really pulled this one out of the hat, and it's full of classic Nebbiolo characteristics. A wine of real finesse, this will still need a few years to fill out, but it's destined to be a sublimely delicious treat for the next 10-15 years. Cheers!