Piedmont Continues to Deliver Magic in 2010
Miafiore was founded in the 1870s by King Vittorio Emanuel II of Savoy and named for his son (with Countess Bela Rosin), Emanuele, Count of Mirafiore within the Fontanafredda village in Serralunga d’Alba, Piedmont. Winemaker Danilo Drocco follows traditional Piedmontese vinification practices including a lengthy maturation on the skins and use of large oak casks. The Mirafiore estate stretches out amid the most celebrated hills in the villages of Serralunga d’Alba and Barolo. The vineyards were planted following centuries-old practices, which have enabled the best sites for growing to be identified on each side of each hill. Traditional wine making techniques and respect for the raw material making up the terroir, the wines show unique character and superior quality. The method of vinification strictly observes rules which can be traced back to the most rigorous of Piedmontese traditions: long macerations on the skins, allowing for greater extraction, lengthy maturation, the use of medium-sized oak casks; and it all starts from perfectly ripe, healthy grapes.
Great Wine is Born in The Vineyard
The pursuit of purity is seen from the beginning where chemical fertilizers and weed-killers are banned from farming to produce the healthiest and cleanest fruit possible. Preference is given to natural yeast strains and the use of sulphites is far below legal limits. A final green step is taken using 85% recycled glass and packaging as well as natural inks in the labels.
The resulting Barolo is that of traditional characteristic aromas reminiscent of tar and balsamic notes, which become completely full and balanced over time in the bottle.
2010 Mirafiore Barolo
“Though firmly structured and tight now, this is dense, with ripe black currant and black cherry fruit, along with leather, tar, and mineral flavors. Well-proportioned, but needs time to harmonize. Excellent length. Best from 2018 through 2035. 8,ooo cases made.”
Wine Spectator – 93 points
6 btl – $227.94 – $37.99 (5% off)
12 btl – $431.89 – $35.99 (10% off)