Giacomo Fenocchio

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Giacomo Fenocchio

Italy • Pledmont

Giacomo Fenocchio is located in the heart of the Bussia Sottana district, the winery now run by his son Claudio who is a master at crafting classic Barolos that beautifully express their pedigree. The Fenocchio family has prime vineyards in the heart of classic Bussia, Cannubi, Villero and Castellero and Claudio's noninterventionist approach in the cellars ensures that their individual terroirs shine through.

From the terrace of his house and cellars on top of the hill overlooking the Bussia Sottana vineyards, Claudio demonstrates how small the entire Barolo growing zone really is: two hills over to the left of his Bussia vineyards is Cannubi, while on the right, on the next hill over, is Villero. The alitudes are for all pretty much the same - 300 meters above sea level for Bussia and Villero and 280 meters for Cannubi.

Bussia & Villero both have Serravallian soil rich in limestone and iron, for some reason Bussia Barolo always demonstrates more minerality. Cannubi on the other hand has Tortonian marls with more sand.

Claudio keeps winemaking simple and traditional: fermentation occurs spontaneously with wild yeasts in steel tanks for Barolo, and in wooden vats for the Riserva. He then ages the wines in 35 and 70 hectolitre Slavonian casks.

“Among my favorite Barolos are those from Giacomo Conterno, Bartolo Mascarello, Giacomo Fenocchio, Burlotto and Cavalotto….Claudio [Fenocchio] is a master at crafting classic Barolos that beautifully express their pedigree…his noninterventionalist approach in the cellars ensures that their individual terroirs shine through… From the terrace of his house and cellars on top of the hill overlooking his Bussia Sottana vineyards, Claudio demonstrates how small the entire Barolo growing zone really is: two hills over to the left of his Bussia vineyard is Cannubi, while on the right, the next hill over is Villero. “The altitudes for all are pretty much the same—300 meters for Bussia and Villero and 280 meters for our vineyards in Cannubi.” – Kerin O’Keefe, Barolo and Barbaresco

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