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Michele Chiarlo Grignolino
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Michele Chiarlo Grignolino
2007
 
ClassificationDOC
ProducerMichele Chiarlo
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
Grape100% Grignolino.
Year2007
Alcohol12.8 %
TasteThis is a simple but pleasing wine full of fruit and a minty taste that is very light, fresh and clean finishing.
ColourLight ruby-red in colour with subtle amber reflections.
TCD Opinion
This is not a powerhouse but a subtle wine to be tried and understood. It is pleasant but will not require a note in your diary. Interesting wine to try.

Grignolino is not a very famous wine even within Italy, the grape has not been exported to other climates with good reason. The grape is not capable of blockbuster wines...
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TCD Score: 86/100
86 points for a good Grignolino that gives about as much as the grape can offer.
 
Michele Chiarlo Dolcetto
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Michele Chiarlo Dolcetto
2007
 
ClassificationDOC
ProducerMichele Chiarlo
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
Grape100% Dolcetto
Year2007
Alcohol13.5 %
TasteThe palate is smooth and balanced, with a distinctive almond finish.
ColourBrilliant Ruby Red.
TCD Opinion
The Dolcetto is the "cheapest" wine from the Chiarlo vineyards but is a very complete and balanced wine and a good expression of the terrior.

Pretty nose of vanilla and cherries. Medium-full bodied with polished tannins and a smooth distinctive finish. (SN - 10/07)
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TCD Score: 85/100
88 points for a fine Dolcetto, a good trade between price and quality. Very enjoyable.
 
Michele Chiarlo Barbaresco
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Michele Chiarlo Barbaresco
2005
 
ClassificationDOCG
ProducerMichele Chiarlo
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
GrapeNebbiolo - 100%
Year2005
Alcohol13.8 %
TasteSilky smooth, elegant and refined. Not a powerful Barbaresco but a comtemplative wine, well balanced and refined.
ColourBeautiful garnet red.
TCD Opinion
This years Barbaresco is the most flavourful of Michele Chiarlo's recent efforts with billberries, licorice and spices pouring forth on the nose. The wine offers a tremendously long finish and is both silky and refined. For a budget Barbaresco, this is quality.

Excellent value for money in a vintage year. The 2004 Barbaresco is already drinking beautifully. This will be a wonderful wine in which to purchase 6 bottles and try year...
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TCD Score: 91/100
91 points for a triumph in wine making in a fantastic vintage in the Piedmont. This is the highest ranking Michele Chiarlo has achieved for a Barbaresco. This year is a silky, non tannic effort that drinks beautifully today and should improve with 3-5 years cellaring.
 
Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano
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Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano
2004
 
ClassificationDOCG
ProducerMichele Chiarlo
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
Grape100% Nebbiolo
Year2004
Alcohol13.5 %
TasteFull bodied, plums, dried mushrooms and coffee notes.
ColourDeep garnet.
TCD Opinion
Traditional style Barolo very typical of the grape. Earthy and strong yet a subtle and gentle finish makes a wine for contemplation. Complex and enjoyable. Very intresting year

Silky soft, delectable finish and traditional styling make this Barolo a very fine wine indeed.
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TCD Score: 90/100
90 points for a sweet styled Barolo with a long and silky finish.
 
Michele Chiarlo Barolo Cerequio
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Michele Chiarlo Barolo Cerequio
1998
 
ClassificationDOCG
ProducerMichele Chiarlo
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
Grape100% Nebbiolo
Year1998
Alcohol13.5 %
TasteAll the aromas are confirmed on the palate, in a texture of rich full body, structure of great character, aristocratic tannic presence and an elegant, lingering finish. Consume after 5 to 6 years; ages well for up to 20 years.
ColourDeep garnet in colour with brilliant highlights and fine fluidity.
TCD Opinion
The Cerequio Barolo has reached drinking age and has matured well. The nose presents pleasant cedar and plum aromas as well as slight mineral tones. This barolo is full bodied with soft chewy tannins and a fine long finish. Another couple of years in the cellar will see the wine mellow further. (SN - 11/07)

Prestigious "tre bicchiere" from Gambero Rosso is a deserved reward for one of Michele Chiarlo's very best Barolos. Excellent vintage.
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TCD Score: 91/100
91 points for a quality Barolo from a fine vintage.
 
 
Michele Chiarlo
 
The wine producing firm of Michele Chiarlo was founded in 1956 by the sole and present owners, Michele and Giuseppina Chiarlo. Son of over seven generations of esteemed wine growers, Mr. Chiarlo is today one of the most respected producers of the fine wines of Piedmont and a leading figure in its viticultural industry. The present firm's foundation was built on the business of Mr. Chiarlo's father, then comprised of the estate's vineyards and family home, in Calamandrana, and the cellars and bottling facility, at nearby Susa. Since then its growth, focused on producing wines of the highest pedigree, has foreshadowed the continuing quest for quality on the part of so many of Italy's conscientious producers. The firm's early years were difficult ones; prior to the establishment of the Denominazione di Origine Controllata laws, establishing a reputation for consistently superior quality was a long proposition for a new producer. Excellent, small-production wines often went unrecognized in the absence of a universal and uniform system of classification which set forth methods, varieties and zones, a system which, ironically, has today been outdistanced by many producers.

Michele Chiarlo did not abandon his philosophy. Rigorous selection of the best grapes from only the most reputable growers in the most favored vineyard areas and longer aging in oak and then in bottle prior to release were measures he adopted precursing D.O.C. laws. Instituted in 1963, these laws led to the original name of the wines, "Granduca," as distinct from the name of the firm, "Cantine Duca d'Asti," since they prohibited the inclusion of a legal denomination in a trademarked wine name. Michele Chiarlo is also credited with being one of the first producers to introduce malolactic fermentation to Italy, thereby achieving wines of greater stability, lower acidity and easier accessibility in their youth. Over the years, Michele Chiarlo has realized the success and recognition that constant pursuit of quality would bring. Between 1956 and 1968, distribution gradually expanded from Piedmont to the important markets of central and northern Italy, and, in 1967, the wines' reputation for quality opened the export markets of Germany, Belgium and Great Britain. During this period, Barolo was added to the portfolio of Barbera, Grignolino and Dolcetto wines traditionally produced by the firm. The next four years' successes paved the way for construction of a new winery, cellars and bottling facility at Calamandrana, completed between 1971 and 1973. This included equipment and storage for the production of another addition to the portfolio, Asti Spumante. A second facility was built in 1978 at Gavi, for the vinification and bottling of Cortese di Gavi. Most recently, in 1985, a third vinification and aging facility was built adjacent to the Cannubi vineyard to accomodate wines from the Barolo zone and the "crus" in which Michele Chiarlo holds contract or owns vineyards. Today, these installations remain among Piedmont's most technologically advanced, with an annual production of over one million bottles, distributed approximately half domestically and half on the export market.

At the production and vineyard level, where quality begins, Michele Chiarlo has for thirty years pursued an endless search for control over the finest vineyard sites in each of the zones from which he produces his wines. Perhaps the crown jewel among these is the vineyard of Fornace di Tassarolo in the Rovereto area of Gavi, a small parcel planted in 1910 which yields a brilliant and intense Gavi of exquisite refinement. He also has long-term agreements with the owners of two spectacular vineyards in the Castiglione Falleto and Serralunga crus of Barolo, from which he produces Barolo Riserva Rocche di Castiglione and Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda di Serralunga. In addition to these contracts, he has also purchased the Antico Podere Averame in the Cerequio cru of Barolo, considered one of the zone's finest Nebbiolo vineyards; and an estate, also in Barolo in the cru of Cannubi, which due to its extremely sharp gradient had never been cultivated. With considerable captial investment, this vineyard has been terraced and brought into production, the first time such a project has ever been undertaken in Piedmont.

In 1995, Michele Chiarlo acquired the estate of Azienda Agricola Aluffi in Castelnuovo Calcea, considered to the most beautiful and prestigious property in the heart of the classic Barbera d'Asti zone. The estate is comprised of two separate vineyard holdings, La Court and Il Castello, with a total area of 62 acres of which 50 are planted in Barbera vines, quite extensive for this area. The principally southwest and easterly-exposed slopes support superb, calcium and mineral rich soils which are of ideal composition for the production of great Barbera d'Asti. Michele Chiarlo directly manages or personally oversees every aspect in the production of his wines. Eminently qualified through the expertise acquired through his involvement with the company under his father, he also holds a degree from the prestigious School of Enology at Alba, from which he graduated in 1955. His ceaseless innovation, both in production and in marketing, has gained him the respesct of his industry. He is a counselor of long standing representing Piedmont in the Unione Italiana Vini; President of the Italian Union of Exporters of Wines; past President of the regional Consortium for Quality Control and Promotion supporting Barbera d'Asti, Barbera del Monferrato, and Grignolino del Monferrato; and in the mid-1980s assumed a founding position on the board of directors of the then newly-created Italian Wine and Food Institute, focused on the discriminating promotion of quality Italian wines and foodstuffs in the United States. Since the early 1990s, Michele Chiarlo's sons, Alberto and Stefano, have entered the firm in positions which will lead to their eventually assuming full responsibility. Alberto, the elder, directs marketing and sales; Stefano, an enologist by profession, manages vineyard operations and collaborates in production in the cellars.
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