Rocche dei Manzoni 2004 - Big'd Big 1.5 L
Size: 1.5 L
A méthode champenoise from Piemonte. Chardonnay in the land of reds. Barrique-aged Nebbiolo and Barbera. They may not sound significant or revolutionary, but in the seventies, these unprecedented efforts of the late Valentino Migliorini helped change the wine landscape in Barolo. Valentino Migliorini was one of Piemonte’s most profound agents of transformation: His larger-than-life personality won acceptance in the land most resistant to change, and his portfolio of wines from the Rocche dei Manzoni estate inspired many of Piemonte’s great winemakers to rethink Barolo and to think beyond Nebbiolo. Valentino Migliorini’s recent passing (in December of 2007) is a tremendous loss not only to the Italian wine community but to the wine realm at large. His son, Rodolfo, however, has worked by his side for several years, and will continue to honor his father in both practice and principle. Moreover, there remain many wines that have been crafted under his care, including the 1999 Pianpolvere Soprano (released in 2006) and the Barolo Riserva 1999 Madonna Assunta La Villa—a cru wine that will be released in 2009. Situated in the Manzoni Soprani area of Monforte d’Alba, Rocche dei Manzoni was originally established in the 1700s, commencing its modern era in 1974, when Valentino and his wife, Jolanda, purchased the old winery and its prized vineyards. Valentino had fallen in love with Piemonte when visiting the region to acquire a selection of reds to serve at his Michelin-starred restaurant in Emilia-Romagna. The fashionable Francophile returned to Barolo with the winemaking skills he had acquired from his father. His passion for Nebbiolo soon surpassed his dedication to the regional dishes of Emilia-Romagna, leading him to abandon the renowned restaurant that had brought him fame and to pursue his passion for the vine through fearless experimentation.