2014 Gianfranco Alessandria "San Giovanni" Barolo-Cuvee-Wine-Society

2014 Gianfranco Alessandria "San Giovanni" Barolo

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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. 

"As you may have heard, it was one of the most difficult and discussed of recent years, but personally I think the vyd work was much more difficult than in the cellar.  Spring arrived a little too early, leading to differences in the vegetative factor due to climatic changes.  A cool summer with lots of rain and thunderstorms and led to problems in terms of grape health.  We made a very big selection in the vyds to ensure good quality, which resulted in 30 % less production.  The end of summer was a little more forgiving with sunny days that helped in the vineyards and lead to ripening of the Nebbiolo.  The most noticeable change in 2014 is a lower alcohol content and lighter structure, but intense colors...THe 2014 shows more delicate aromas(forest flowers, small red fruit...great freshness and feminine notes. Tasting it now you can see the great potential of the vintage despite the difficult conditions.  2014 is a smaller, more classic vintage, but continues to surprise me by the good acidity and elegant tannins, which I think can carry it forward over time." -- Vittoria Alessandria, January 12, 2021