All wines stored at 55° and 70% humidity
2014 Classicism at its Finest
"Fratelli Alessandria's 2014 Barolos have turned out beautifully...Pricing remains very fair given the quality of what is in the bottle." —Antonio Galloni of Vinous
Fratelli Alessandria is a name that I've been keeping rather close to the vest. There have been so many crucial discoveries we've made in Piedmont over the years, but Alessandria's stable of wines stand out to me as the greatest value. Also covering Barbera, Dolcetto, and Pelaverga, this Verduno estate resting under the radar has now found dedicated followers.
While the Alessandria wines are never short on intensity, there's a delicate sensibility here that one cannot miss. Veins of minerality come across super-fine, with a crackling tone of acidity that lingers on the finish. Relative to most of Barolo, coloring is lighter here, both because of the higher altitude Verduno location and the winemaking style favoring transparency overpower.
I try to tread lightly on the "Burgundian qualifiers," but a bottle of the 2014 Alessandria Barolo recently opened even surprised me how apt this descriptor was. And, there's a little bonus to this humble bottling, as 2014 also marks a vintage where the San Lorenzo Barolo fruit all went into the entry-level Barolo.