Enzo Boglietti Barolo Arione 2016

94 Vinous | 96 Wine Advocate



Country: Italy

Region: Piedmont

Variety: Nebbiolo

Terroir: 450 m; south/southwest exposition; non-La Mora cru

Winemaking: fermentation is spontaneous and temperature-controlled; fermentation in open-top tine; 80 days of maceration; aged in French oak cask

Enzo Boglietti is a family-run winery that produces about 100,000 bottles. The winery is located in La Morra, while the vineyards are scattered amongst the communes of La Morra, Barolo, Monforte, Serralunga d’Alba, Roddino, and Sinio.

Originally a polyculture farm, in 1991 brothers Enzo and Gianni Boglietti began to phase out the the other farming operations and establish their winery with their father’s 2.5 hectares of vines in La Morra; the family’s holdings have since grown to include just over 22 hectares. The estate is certified organic as of the 2017 vintage. Enzo is in charge of all winery matters while Gianni meticulously manages the vineyards and looks after the quality of grapes. With the encouragement of friends and neighbors Alessandro Fantino, Roberto Voerzio, Andrea Oberto, and Eraldo Viberti, the brothers focused on farming with low yields achieved through green harvest and bunch thinning. Some of their vineyards boast very old vines, up to 100 years old. Any new plantings are planted at high (for the Barolo zone) densities of 7,000 plants per hectare. -Bowler Wine

Vinous 94
The 2016 Barolo Arione is one of the standouts in this range. Bright red fruit, iron, smoke and chalk give the 2016 plenty of Arione savoriness. The tannins are a bit biting at this stage, but then again, that is Arione. Deceptive in its mid-weight structure and feel, the 2016 packs a good bit of punch.

Wine Advocate 96
The Enzo Boglietti 2016 Barolo Arione draws its fruit from Serralunga d’Alba, from a vineyard site that has gained much attention in recent years. Arione has thick silty soils and these contribute to the gentle finesse and floral perfumes of the wine. Don’t forget power. There is plenty of muscle flexing in this brawny, determined Nebbiolo with firm tannins and deep structure. A mere 2,000 bottles were produced. Count on this wine to complete a long and rewarding drinking arc.


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