Giovanni Rosso Ester Canale - Barolo 'Vigna Rionda' 2017


Following the death of Tommasino Canale, Davide Rosso decided to replace a large part of the old vines that became by that time "exhausted" (about 0.80 hectares) preserving the part of the vineyard planted in 1946 (over 0.40 hectares). From these seventy years old plants, characterized by very low yields, we obtain our Barolo Vigna Rionda; only those roots so deep can tell the story of this vineyard.

Giovanni Rosso owns the iconic Vignarionda cru parcel no. 251P of map Foglio no. 8 of the commune of Serralunga d’Alba, which has been legendary for years, and is today considered the “Romanée-Conti of Barolo”. The name honors Ester Canale, granddaughter of Tommaso Canale, the first owner of Vigna Rionda cru (2 Ha), that he acquired back in 1934. In 2010 he passed away without a will and Vigna Rionda was split between six surviving relatives. Ester Canale, Davide Rosso’s mother, was one of them. The other producers decided to replant and get rid of the old vines, but Davide had a different, wonderful idea. He kept a small section of the original vines at the top of the Rionda hill and used it for massal selection of the new plantings and also to make a Barolo Vigna Rionda. Giovanni Rosso Ester Canale Barolo is therefore the only wine made from the original and most historical Vignarionda cru.

Deep ruby red color with garnet hues. The bouquet is complex and sophisticated with elegant notes of violet, roses, wild berry jam, goudron, leather and truffle, together with fresh balsamic and spicy hints. On the palate it is superbe, austere, mouthfilling, with an incredible elegant tension and a long fruity and savoury finish.

Ideal with roasts, braised meat and game, such as baised pidgeon in Barolo sauce and Casserole Lamb, or truffle based dishes. Perfect with the refined recipes of the excellent Piedmontese cuisine and its traditional regional ingredients, like Castelmagno blue cheese.

Producer: Giovanni Rosso

Country: Italy

Region: Piedmont

Varietal: Nebbiolo

Appellation: Barolo

Vintage: 2017

Size: 750ml