2015 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.
"2015 for me is very pleasant at the moment. THe season started early despite the cold winter. In the summer there wasn't a lot of rain, and July and August were warm. However, thanks to the abundant snowfall in winter there was ample water supply and the plants weren't stressed. Harvest was about 10 days early, which didn't result in big differences in regards to typicity of the wines. In the cellar we paid very close attention especially during fermentation, where we maintained lower than normal temperatures to avoid over extraction to maintain freshness. Personally, I tfeel the 2015 has a good readiness, right from the start. Well defined tannins and remarkable freshness in the mouth with a very persistent finish...Perhaps it does need a little more rest, but I feel in time it will be a great wine!!
" -- Vittoria Alessandria, January 12, 2021