Wine Tenuta Monolo Bramaterra Riserva 1990
Wine Tenuta Monolo Bramaterra Riserva 1990

Tenuta Monolo Bramaterra Riserva 1990

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Tenuta Monolo is a winery in the Bramaterra DOC that no longer exists. Bramaterra is in the Alto Piemonte – an area dear to our hearts, with its wild volcanic and marine soils. It’s well north of Barolo and the Langhe; here Nebbiolo is more harpsichord than cello-Barolo in tone, with spicy notes from the additional varieties of Vespolina, Croatina, and Uva Rara. Surrounded by three-quarters of a hectare of vineyards, the villa was home to the eccentric musician Umberto Gilodi and his life-long friend, cellar-master, painter and engraver Orlando Cremonini.* The two men lived a simple life. All farming was organic; Umberto Gilodi was a meticulous note-taker, and we have his documents that attest to not using pesticides or herbicides in a time when most in that area were. Fermentation was in large wooden botti with native yeasts. The vineyard and cellar were followed by the famous Italian wine professor from Torino’s Enology School, Professor Italo Eynard. Umberto Gilodi was known as the Padre di Bramaterra, as he initiated the effort to create a Bramaterra DOC and brought it to completion in 1979. Since he was the impetus and main voice in creating the DOC, he decided never to sell his wine so that he wouldn’t create a conflict of interest with the other producers in the area. Thus, we have multiple bottles of most vintages from 1982 until 2004 of Tenuta Monolo Bramaterra Riserva, directly from the cellar. (Bramaterra can be labeled Riserva when it’s aged for at least 24 months in barrel and at least 34 months total before release.) ** Tenuta Monolo Bramaterra Riserva 1990, 13% A very macho roast beef nose; with an hour decant, salted plums, meaty, and sour cherry fruit. Chewy tannins, a bit dried, decent length. Rustic, but bonus points for salty-macho aspect. Stew with hunks of bread and butter. www.portovinoitaliano.com

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