2013 Gianfranco Alessandria "San Giovanni" Barolo
Gianfranco Alessandria holds 7 hectares of vineyards divided between Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto, in the località San Giovanni, the area of some of Monforte d'Alba's best known Crus. The Alessandria family, including the enterprising daughters Marta and Vittoria, farms based on natural principles, respecting the time and methods required to produce stunning wines true to their soils. They work as organically as possible only using minimal amounts of sulfur and copper out of respect for the environment and health.
The estate began when Gianfranco Alessandria took over managing his family's farm in 1986, after the passing of his father. He continued the practice of selling the grapes from the 5.5 hectares of vineyard land his father had amassed in San Giovanni, home to some of Monforte d'Alba's best known vineyards.
At the end of the 80's, at the urging of his cousin, the great Mauro Veglio, he began to bottle small portions of his wine. The first Barolo came with the 1993 vintage which was awarded the coveted Tre Bicchieri by the Italian wine guide Gambero Rosso. The new winery, attached to their home, was finished in 1996, also the first year of full production. While modernizing the facilities refined the process of the winemaking, it did not change Alessandria or his heart-felt belief in the land of Monforte d'Alba.
All the wines are aged in neutral oak, with the exception of the San Giovanni, which sees a small percentage of new barrels. Alessandria produces approximately a total of 35,000 bottles each vintage of stunning wines with great integrity.
"If I remember correctly, 2013 was a slightly difficult vintage with the start of spring characterized by heavy rains delaying the vegetative start of the vine...However, the summer was very positive due to very warm days and allowed the nebbiolo to make a complete recovery in the ripening phase. I really like the results of the 2013 vintage, which was great quality and good production. Tasting 2013 now I find a Barolo of great structure, with slightly more austere tannins...but due to our fermentation practices we were able to maintain our signature elegance. 2013 is certainly very strong and has a more masculine character, but brings an excellent longevity. Perhaps now there are some slightly dryer tannins when compared to the 2012, but still recalls the territory of Monforte...Engaging, more balsamic and incisive notes." -- Vittoria Alessandria, January 12, 2021