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Long Game Barbera d'Alba
In Piemont's pantheon of long-distance runners, Vietti's Scaronne Vigna Vecchia Barbera d'Alba is a perennial winner. While the best slopes in Piedmont are home to Nebbiolo destined for Barolo and Barbaresco, some producers reserve an elite parcel for something outside the box. In the case of Vietti's Luca Currado, his Scarrone VV comes from prime Barolo terroir in Castiglione Falleto, just next to the winery.
Luca Currado has worked tirelessly over the years to continue to improve quality and the reputation of the region throughout the world. Although many consider Vietti to have one foot in the traditional camp and one foot in the modern camp, truth be told, the Barolo lineup is nearly exclusively aged in large format botti and sees long macerations on skins—both requisites for the traditional category.
However, if there's one aspect of Vietti's Barolo style that leans modern, it is strictly in the sense that their vineyard work is about keeping yields very low and doing everything in their power by natural means to push ripeness higher. Still transparent in my glass, tasting the younger wines with Elena Currado in San Diego again proved these benchmark Baroli are the model for Castiglione Falletto and beyond.