What happened? I thought you might like to know why a large swathe of one of the most famous Barolo vineyards has gone missing.
|Canale labelled bottles at the Giovanni Rosso cantina.|
What happened next is that most the Canale portion of Rionda was ripped out. It is in the process of being replanted. The logic was that the Nebbiolo vines there were very old, sometimes diseased, often interplanted with Dolcetto and Barbera, and had seen little care in terms of modern trellissing or training.
|The 2009 Vigna Rionda from Tomasso Canale is currently finishing its maturation in the Giovanni Rosso cellar.|
Before Tommaso Canale's death in 2010 the Giovanni Rosso winery did not control any vines in Rionda, and neither did Ettore Germano or Guido Porro. Now each has what might be considered a slice from the tenderloin of Rionda.
Sergio Germano of Ettore Germano has been quoted as saying that his first Barolo from Rionda will probably be from the 2017 harvest.
|The Guido Porro cellar, above, will eventually play host to wine from the Vigna Rionda cru.|
Please note that some informational details given in the above text were gleaned from here, here, here, and here. Those who might wish to learn more are recommended to those sources for further information. - i man