100% Nebbiolo (avg. 36-year-old vines).
Abbona (sometimes refered to as "Mariziano Abbona") is a wine estate in Dogliani, Piedmont, best known for its wines from the Nebbiolo and Dolcetto grapes. The estate was founded by the first Marziano Abbona and his son Celso, who planted the Doriolo vineyard that supplies the flagship Papà Celso Dogliani DOCG cuvée. This wine is widely regarded as the best from the appellation.
When Celso died in 1964, the business passed to his sons Marziano and Enrico, who built the original winery and produced the first bottles under the Abbona name. The brothers also began to purchase additional parcels of vines, particularly in Barolo, where their holdings include plots in Ravera and Cerviano in Novello, and Pressenda in Monforte d'Alba.
Winemaking Team Notes: "Made from grapes cultivated in Monforte d’Alba, this Barolo has a wonderful elegance to its bouquet, good strength, and excellent alcohol.
Crushing-destemming followed by maceration in contact with skins. Spontaneous alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature using indigenous yeasts and in contact with its skins; daily pumpovers. Followed by dry racking and cold decantation with transfer to barrels.
Undergoes completely spontaneous malolactic fermentation in the barrels. Aged in barrels of 25 hectoliters for 34 months. Assemblage and bottling without filtering is done in December 2022. Rests in the bottle at a constant temperature of 14° C (52° F) for three months before release.
The grapes from which this Barolo is obtained give great structure, aromatic finesse, and an average alcohol percentage of 15%. Just a bit fresher and more immediate than our Pressenda and Ravera labels, this can already be enjoyed in its first years in the bottle. A vintage defined as 'great' even by the main tasters of the printing industry and that will be much sought after by collectors around the world. Our Barolo Classico as usual wants to combine the traditional and noblest characteristics of Barolo with a pleasant ease of drinking, with silky and mellow tannins that allow the consumption of this wine even immediately as well as rest in the cellar for several years."
Critic Tasting Notes: "Precise and vibrant, it alternates notes of agapanthus flowers, lime, chamomile and guarana. In the background subtle spicy nuances tell the secondary scene. Full body, slightly astringent tannins at the moment and a tense finish that will relax over time. Better from 2025." - 94 pts, Raffaele Vecchione (WinesCritic.com)