Vintner Focus: Alberto Cordero

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Alberto Cordero – 19th Generation Cordero di Montezemolo

Since 1340, 19 generations one after another, have managed the Monfalletto property in the town of La Morra, the center of the production of Barolo wine. Even today, the property is entirely family-run. Giovanni Cordero di Montezemolo and his children Elena and Alberto are the protagonists of this millennium.

The historical single-body vineyard area of 28 hectares (69 acres), rare for the area, extends over all sides of the hill. The land has always been cultivated with the various local varieties, selected and distinctly planted according to sun exposure, type of soil and the altitude.

Over the course of the last 50 years, Paolo Cordero di Montezemolo and then his son Giovanni, have expanded the grape vine cultivation for wine production for the Winery. The most important acquisition was an old vineyard of over 2 hectares in the Villero cru located in the town of Castiglione Falletto from which the Barolo Enrico VI is produced.

Other important investments have been made in the nearby area of Roero that lies just north of the Tannaro River where the family owns and leases a total 8 hectares of vines.

 

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Alberto Cordero’s thoughts on biodynamic winemaking:

“Bio is essentially connected to the work in the nature, in the vineyards and not really in winemaking. Winemaking is basically super simple and regular in any case and concerns something secondary. The difference and most important thing is in the approach of growing plants; every decision is taken considering multiple aspects in order to reach a natural balance of all the elements we have in the nature (weather, animals, bugs, workers, herbs, and so on…).
You have to be able to create a microcosm where all the “players” are in harmony each other and only at this point you have benefits in all directions; but to get it and create it it takes years and a lot of attention, observation and research. It’s a constant work in progress, learning from what the environment itself “tells” you. You need to catch the signals and try to find a solution that can be in line and respectful for the other players involved in the microcosm. If you start to be focused only on the problem you see in front of you and not the problem at 360 degrees you constantly have something to fix because you act in way that sole temporary the problem in front of you but create other unbalances in other aspects that you consider not relevant (but they are)”

Watch – Alberto’s interview with James Suckling

 

The Wines

Cordero di Montezemolo Langhe Arneis 2017cordero-langhe-arneis

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Grape Variety: 100% Arneis

Retail Price: S$52.00

About the Wine: Bright straw color; intense bouquet of peach and acacia flowers, chamomile, melon and yellow flowers. Inviting and fresh with a typical note of a slightly bitter finish. A young wine; best expression of the wine’s
character shows in the first three years.

Cordero di Montezemolo Barbera d’Alba 2016cordero-barbera-d-alba

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Grape Variety: 100% Barbera

Retail Price: S$59.00

About the Wine:  Intense violet color. Mature fruit, cacao, prune, spicy, fragrant nose. Full and fresh mouth. Very soft tannins. Medium life span. Expresses itself best in the first 4-5 years of life, but enjoyable until about 10 years. Classic pairing with Piedmont mixed boiled meats, cooked salami with lentils, vegetable flan and the traditional “bagna coada” (warm dip or fondue).

Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto 2014cordero-barolo-monfalletto

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo

Retail Price: S$110.00

About the Wine:  Intense garnet in color, the nose shows floral and spicy notes perfectly blended: tobacco, cherries, cocoa and fresh raspberry highlights. The palate is rich, full-bodied and elegant. Wine of longevity that evolves slowly and steadily in the bottle. Great expressions even after several decades. Timeless. An aristocratic wine that finds its match with game, jugged hare, braised beef, chamois, saddle of venison, wild boar, deer and pigeon. Superb with dishes garnished with white Alba truffle: cardoon flan with fondue and duck ravioli.

Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Bricco Gattera 2013barolo-bricco-gattera

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo

Retail Price: S$146.00

About the Wine:  Intense garnet red color. Warm and mature nose with notes of jam, raspberry, licorice, cherry and camphor. Soft mouth of remarkable structure with fine tannins and persistence. Age-worthy wine that evolves slowly and continually in the bottle. Tremendous expression can be expected over decades. Timeless. An aristocratic wine that finds its ideal match in game, jugged hare, braised beef, chamois, roe deer, wild boar, venison, and pigeon. Superb with dishes garnished with white truffles from Alba, like cardoon flan with fondue and duck ravioli.

Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Bricco Gattera 2001 Magnumbarolo-bricco-gattera

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo

Retail Price: S$439.00

About the Wine:  Intense garnet red color. Warm and mature nose with notes of jam, raspberry, licorice, cherry and camphor. Soft mouth of remarkable structure with fine tannins and persistence. Age-worthy wine that evolves slowly and continually in the bottle. Tremendous expression can be expected over decades. Timeless. An aristocratic wine that finds its ideal match in game, jugged hare, braised beef, chamois, roe deer, wild boar, venison, and pigeon. Superb with dishes garnished with white truffles from Alba, like cardoon flan with fondue and duck ravioli.

 

 

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