2018 Olek Bondonio Barbaresco Roncagliette

A ripe and plush Barbaresco, balanced out by classic Nebbiolo tannin.

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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.

Hand-harvested, basket-pressed, spontaneously fermented and macerated on the skins for two months (with a submerged cap) in concrete before being pressed off to old botti (Slavonian- Gamba and Austrian- Stockinger) for a couple of years. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Region: Barbaresco, Italy
Blend: Nebbiolo (100%)
Closure: 750ml
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92 Points - "A very different style of Roncagliette in 2018. Ripe cherry, almost to boiled lolly in opulence, blackcurrant, dried flowers and herbs, sweet spices. It's ripe and almost jubey, a little warmth here, but has a fine drag of silty pumice stone tannin, sage and new leather, with firm drying, dusty and suede-like tannin, and spiced poached strawberry flavours to close. Overall impression is that it's a bit breathy, quite ripe without the usual depth and density, and the growl and intensity that this wine normally delivers. It's good though, but a lesser year for this wonderful producer." Gary Walsh

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