About This Wine
From his front yard vineyard, this Barbaresco from Olek Bondonio comes off vines planted by his family over 50 years ago. It’s a pretty special vineyard with wines from his neighbour (Gaja) made from the same fruit selling for over $500 a bottle.
It's quite lively, with bursting red fruit beginning this wild journey. It has quite a rich character, almost confectionary in fact. It is, however, still Italianate Nebbiolo, and the grate of pumice stone like tannin is ever present, keeping the sweet fruit character in check. So fragrant still, and ready to drink.
This is old-school Nebbiolo with a natural bent, incredibly complex, with power and poise.
About Olek Bondonio
In an old farmhouse named ‘La Berchialla’ which sits amongst Barbaresco’s most famous crus, Olek Bondonio has, in a very short period of time, established himself as a cult producer.
He used to visit the farmhouse which has been in his family for over two centuries each summer, fascinated with the work in the vineyards. It wasn’t until he had shaken the youthful exuberance for snow and skateboarding that he made the leap and moved to the region full-time to pursue winemaking.
Since the winery’s inception in 2005, he has remained committed to working with the least amount of chemical input, both in the vineyard and in the cellar.
The resulting wines are pure, old-fashioned expressions of native varietals.