The 2018 Barolo Lazzarito represents Vietti's interpretation of Serralunga d'Alba the village often associated with the most powerful wines in the appellation. The Lazzarito completes its secondary fermentation in barrique over three months and is then racked into large oak botti for an additional two years of aging. With some 8000 bottles produced in this smaller vintage the wine is very indicative of its geographic origins with tight black fruit rusty nail blood orange and earth. Compared to the others in this series this wine delivers more lasting tannic power. A bit salty and savory now it is well suited to long aging. Vietti is one of the most dynamic wineries in the appellation. Starting with the 2019 vintage the entire production of Barolo and Barbera is certified organic. This set of new releases comes with three big surprises. There are three new wines in their inaugural release: the single-vineyard Barolo Cerequio (with fruit from La Morra) the Barolo Monvigliero from Verduno and the Barbaresco Masseria now entirely made with fruit from Roncaglie. The Monvigliero is a wine of special interest as it is made with 60% whole cluster fruit in collaboration with colleagues over at Borgogna. I also recently read that Luca Currado Vietti actually created a shared investment in Monvigliero in 2018 (for an 8000-square meter plot in the MGA) with a group of 10 American investors. Luca could not buy the property outright but under the terms of the shared agreement the investor group retains 45% of the production each year released under the Vietti label and Luca is left with the remaining 55%. The question is: What will he do with his share of that precious fruit?
The 2018 Barolo Lazzarito is tense vibrant and very much closed in on itself. Searing tannins and Serralunga structure domin
Round and full of plum cherry pomegranate green tea and eucalyptus flavors this red is also dense and muscular. Gripping tannins reign on the finish. Overall this is balanced and very long. Best from 2026 through 2043. 774 cases made 225 cases imported.
Quite a flamboyant feel to this on the nose showing raspberries and grainy notes together with hints of fresh mushrooms. Some brighter passion fruit comes through with air. Medium-bodied with an intense core of vibrant fruit and youthful tannin which together given time will add length and breadth to the wine. Wait for this one. Try from 2024.