From: Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Vintage Notes: 2018 was a challenging vintage for Trediberri. The wines resulting from their various vineyards couldn’t be more different. The best parcels were particularly serious and profound (as such important vineyards should be almost every year), whereas Berri Vineyard provided a pretty wine missing depth. Blending all the wines was a ray of light, and the result is a Barolo del Comune di La Morra.
Tasting Notes: Barolo del Commune di La Morra has a pure nose of fruit, soft and light midpalate, lingering deep finish. It's an iron fist in a velvet glove. Due to its inner freshness, it will surely last for decades, but also is excellent now.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are sourced from Trediberri's La Morra vineyards. Alcoholic fermentation happens in concrete and lasts around 12-14 days, followed by a 4-5 day post-fermentation maceration. Total skin maceration is around 3 weeks. Then malolactic takes place in concrete and steel. The wine ages for around 20 months in 52-hl and 25-hl oak barrels crafted by Garbellotto. After aging, the wine rests for some months in concrete, steel, and plastic tanks before being bottled, usually in July-August of the year before the release.
Trediberri translates in italiano as the three from Berri (a little hamlet of La Morra, the highest town in Barolo and renowned for wines of elegance and refinement).
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Father and son team Frederico & Nicola Oberto and friend Vladimiro Rambaldi (a banker) make up the trio and back in 2008 they purchased 5ha of Berri vineyards in La Morra. Anna Rosa Oberto (wife/mother) is also hands on pruning vines fastidiously when not working at the post office. The Oberto family also have 2ha of one of premium Barolo cru: Rocche dell’Annunziata. Their new winery in the village of Torriglione overlooks the vineyard.
Nic Oberto oversees the winemaking at Trediberri with his father Federico (following his retirement from Renato Ratti after several decades) and Enologist Livio Taretto, and Nic’s fiancée Stefania Drocco, plays an increasingly important role in the overall Trediberri story. Since 2012 Trediberri winery has been certified by CCPB srl, Bologna as in conversion to organic.
This new kid on the block is making some brilliant wines and I enjoyed them too much over lunch in a recent Barolo trip in January and was again highly impressed in a recent Sydney tasting.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, Feb 2018. … “Trediberri is a new entry in the Piedmont landscape. Proprietor Frederico Oberto who previously worked at Renato Ratti, along with his son, Nicola, and friend Vladimiro Rambaldi make elegant, classically inspired Barolos from vineyards in La Morra. Nicola Oberto is young and brimming with both passion and enthusiasm, all qualities that make Trediberri an estate to watch. These wines are just gorgeous.”
Andrew Jefford named Trediberri amongst his “Five Outstanding Barolo & Barbaresco Producers for Value” August ’15
About the 2018 vintage: A long, wet winter, replenishing water reserves following the drought of 2017.
Bud burst was normal but cool, wet conditions prevailed well into spring. Late May and early June saw storms and high rainfall, but fortunately flowering and fruit set followed under ideal conditions. Development over summer was even, with temperatures rising considerably from mid-July. A long period of fine conditions helped the grapes to ripen gradually, with September once again blessed with warm sunny days and cool nights. Nebbiolo yields were low and benefitted from the ideal conditions, with harvest from early October. In Barolo and Barbaresco, 2018 produced beautifully balanced nebbiolo wines with excellent acidity and ageing potential.
In the challenging 2018 vintage, Nicola (Nick) Oberto felt that the Trediberri Barolo was not up to the level he aspires to, and with the yields already low in their Rocche dell’Annunziata vineyard, the decision was made to strengthen the Barolo with the Rocche dell’Annunziata, and make just the one Barolo from the vintage, Barolo del Comune di La Morra. As with all the Trediberri wines, nothwithstanding another stunning label from La Morra artist, Pier-Flavio Gallina, the Trediberri 2018 Barolo del Comune di La Morra offers terrific value. To quote Antonio Galloni of Vinous ‘The 2018 is simply exquisite. Readers will have a hard time finding a better example of the year at this level.’
92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media “The 2018 Barolo del Comune di La Morra is absolutely gorgeous. Bright and translucent yet with remarkable depth for the year, the 2018 is terrific. Proprietor Nicola Oberto decided not to bottle his flagship Barolo from Rocche dell’Annunziata and used the fruit to bolster his straight Barolo bottling, a decision that was spot on. Sweet red cherry, orange peel, cinnamon, tobacco and dried leaves are all very nicely lifted in this ethereal, nuanced Barolo. The 2018 is simply exquisite. Readers will have a hard time finding a better example of the year at this level. Drink 2024-2036″
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