|Mauro Molino ... vini bianci
Mauro Molino ... vini rossi
Located between the cities of Milano and Torino in the northwestern corner of the Italian Peninsula, Piemonte has long been regarded as one of the world’s greatest wine growing regions. The ancestral home to the House of Savoy and Italy’s royal family, this quiet region has for decades been the chief rival to Tuscany in the creation of elegant and complex vini rossi, often surpassing its southern counterpart with spectacular vintages that offer rich, hedonistic wines designed to age gracefully. As nearly every wine aficionado and critic will tell you, the wines here are always full of character and very special, something not to be missed.
The largest of the main Piemonte growing zones, Alba is an appellation seemingly overflowing with ancient winemaking traditions and wines of unrivalled stylistic opulence. Leading the way is the renowned Barolo commune, epicenter of Piemonte’s Nebbiolo production and home to the region’s finest cru sites. Comprised of five hilltop villages each boasting their own unique terroir and microclimate, this commune has come to be synonymous with the production of tannic, structured wines of superior quality, a standard at which to hold every aspiring growing region or wine.
At the very heart of the commune near the village of La Morra lies the famous winery and vineyards of Mauro Molino. Founded in 1953 under the watchful eye of the historic abbey of San Martino di Marcenasco, the winery is comprised of some thirteen hectares of vineyards, many of which planted to Nebbiolo since the eleventh century. Operated since 1978 by oenologist and winery namesake Mauro Molino, the property has been committed to the development of Barolo in a cru setting, focusing particular emphasis and lavishing special attention upon the famous vineyard sites of Conca, Gancia, and Gallinotto. The winery has also developed a similar cru program for Barbera centered in La Morra’s spectacular Gattere cru, producing an elegant and spicy example of the varietal from 20 year old vines.
A dominating force in the area’s wine production for decades, this estate has been extensively and highly scored by the world’s leading wine critics (including Gambero Rosso, Wine Advocate, Decanter Magazine, and Wine Spectator). A benchmark for premium quality Barolo, the estate remains a testament to the potential of cru development, a must try for any wine drinker looking to experience what the single vineyard concept can offer to the palate.