Sottocastello di Novello Reserve
caviola barolo Sottocastello di novello riserva
Barolo DOCG

Sottocastello di Novello Reserve

For the second time, after the now distant ’06 vintage, we found ourselves able to realize another dream, to produce our first “reserve.” A small number of bottles born from a selection of a few rows, where the quality of the grapes is the highest. For a total of 7 years, the wine first rests in large oak barrels and ceramic amphorae, then bottle. The signature label, as per tradition, bears the signature of Gianni Gallo.

barolo sottocastello di novello riserva

In the vineyard

Appellation Barolo DOCG
Varietal Nebbiolo
Vineyard Sottocastello of Novello
Extent and municipality 1.89 hectares, Novello
Soil Substrate: grayish-white clayey-silty marls (Fossil Laminated St. Agatha Marls) with layers of grayish-brown or yellowish sands and sandstones (Diano d’Alba sandstones) at the top.
Soil: Clayey-sandy, poorly evolved, light-colored, moderately calcareous soil with alkaline pH
Average age of vines 20 years old
Exposure and average altitude Southeast; 420 meters
Density 5,000 vines/hectare
Yield per hectare 55 quintals
Training system Guyot
Harvest time I/II decade of October
Fertilizers Manure and green manure
Pesticides Copper and sulfur
Weeding Mechanical

In the cellar

Yeasts No selected yeasts are used
Fermentation 15-20 days in unglazed concrete tanks
Maceration 25-30 days submerged cap
Aging 36 months approx. in large barrels, 12 months in ceramic amphorae and 24 months approx. in bottle
Filtration Filtration is not used
Bottles per year 1,800 approx.

Organoleptic description

The color is dark garnet, intense and clear. The nose expresses hints of cherry, raspberry, floral and citrus notes, violet, rosehip and licorice. Powerful, dense and textured on the palate, it leaves room for subtle tannin; toned and lusty in the mouth, very savory, fresh and persistent.

Suggested serving temperature: 14-15°C


James Suckling

Slow Wine