Orlando Abrigo Barbaresco
Giovanni Abrigo started working with his father Orlando in the late 80s. He now makes very creditable Dolcetto, Barbera and Barbaresco from 11 ha of vineyards. There is a relatively limited use of small new oak, primarily for the Barbera d’Alba Mervisano and the three Barolo crus, Vigna Rocche Meruzzano, Vigna Montersino and Vigna Rongallo. Montersino, from 43-year-old vines, is aged only in barrique (one-third new) and starts out structured and oaky but develops well. The others are only part barrique-aged (one-third) with the rest going into large Slavonian oak but are both elegant, classy examples. Barbera d’Alba Vigna Roreto is in a similar mould, eschewing new oak to emphasise only the ripe, intense fruit. Also made are Merlot (Livraie), a Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore (also farmed by LUCIANO SANDRONE) and a Langhe Nebbiolo – Settevie and a little Chardonnay (Très). In addition to producing his own wines, Giovanni works with his wife Virna, also a trained winemaker, on her family’s 8 ha estate (Virna Borgogno) in the Barolo commune.
Orlando Abrigo Barbaresco www.orlandoabrigo.it
Giovanni Abrigo Fraz. Cappelletto 5, 12050 Treiso (CN)
Tel: 0173 630232 Fax: 0173 56120
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