Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Wine of the Week - Virna Barolo Sarmassa

This week's featured wine is one of the single vineyard Barolos crafted by Virna. This small estate has been making great strides in recent vintages, producing excellent wines that have been recognized by the press, like this Barolo from the Sarmassa Vineyard. Monica Larner of the Wine Enthusiast says of the 2014 vintage:
"I am very happy with these new releases from Virna. The 2014 Barolo Sarmassa builds intensity as the wine opens in the glass. It brings on dark fruit, grilled herb and spice—much of which seems to also come from the oak aging. The wine is aged in both tonneaux (both new and used) and botte grande for one year. Sarmassa delivers a contemporary interpretation of Barolo, but there is enough structure and textural richness to pull it all together with seamless integrity and power. Bottle production is very small— only 2,500 units were made."

The Borgogno family has owned vineyards in Barolo since 1720, and have always attached particular importance to the work carried out in the vineyards and the selection of only the best grapes. The Virna label was created in 2001, when Virna Borgogno became proprietor of her family’s estate. Today the estate stretches out over an area of around 12 hectares, producing wines from grapes grown on its own vineyards located in historic crus in the Barolo wine-making area. Though the wines are from different crus, each one represents the heritage and tradition of the Barolo region.

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