What Is Laboro Disubbidiente?
Laboro Disubbidiente is a Barolo in all but name. Produced from vines with an average age of 60 years from the Bussia vineyard of Dardi. Laboro is a play on the word Barolo and a nod to the labor that it takes to farm these vineyards and produce Riserva Barolo. Disubbidiente is disobedient. The brothers Fantino in 2005 made a Barolo Riserva that unfortunately the government would not permit them to sell as Barolo Riserva due to the fact that they missed a submission deadline for approval. The result was to sell as just Barolo or come up with a new cuvee to indicate to the consumer that this wine was different. Thus, the Vino Rosso Laboro Disubbidiente was born.
Today the brothers continue to produce this wine alongside a Barolo Riserva. However, Laboro has taken a life unto its own. While virtually the Riserva Barolo and Laboro are the same, the defining difference is that the Laboro is now fermented in Slavonian oak, giving the wine an even more traditional edge.
The 2016 Laboro Disobedient is fabulous. Tasting it makes me feel like I am in the cellar in Monforte. Sweet floral and spice notes open first, followed by a burst of sweet red berry and plum fruit. Deep and yet light on its feet, the 2016 is wonderfully deep and so expressive. I loved it.v