Castello di Verduno is a "traditional" producer meaning they employ long macerations and age their wine in large Slovenian/East European oak "botte" casks for several months resulting in highly structured wines that often require several years before they reach their ultimate stage of consumption. Following on the heels of the terrific 2015 'village level' Barbaresco, this 2016 might be even better with critics hailing it as the best straight Barbaresco Verduno has made in a long time! It is made up of fruit from their vines in the Faset and Rabaja Crus and is a great example of their traditional winemaking. The extra half year plus of aging in cask for 9 months when the requirement for village Barbaresco is only 12 months, really helps the wine become more resolved and present. The impressive consistency of this bottling typically reveals classic aromas of red rose, violets and sandalwood spice, along with savory flavors of dried currants, plum skin and succulent blood orange - all underlined by that wonderful Piemontese earthiness. The wine starts out a little tight yet loosens up with time in the glass, ultimately delivering an incredibly well balanced, beautiful expression of Barbaresco that will only get better with age.
The Castello di Verduno or Castle of Verduno was originally built in 1585 and has been under different ownership over the centuries until 1909 when the Burlotto family took it over. It sits atop the hill of the town of Verduno on the edge of the Barolo zone. The Burlottos own and painstakingly farm some of the finest vineyards in Barolo and Barbaresco and their wines are among the elite of the region.