Montanaro, Grappa di Barolo | Friarwood Fine Wines

Montanaro, Grappa di Barolo

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43% ABV

Italy, Piedmont

The forerunner of the modern distillery was Francesco Trussoni, an alembic master from Gallo d'Alba. Modern day pot stills are considered descendants of the alembic apparatus and it was Francesco who conceived of the idea to create Grappa di Barolo, the first single varietal Grappa in history. In 1922 the company was taken over by Mario Montanaro, his wife Angela Trussoni and their son Guiseppe. Together they perfected the art of producing the finest grape spirit by adopting steam distillation. At the end of 2000 Guiseppe, aged nearly 80 and without direct heirs, decided to sell the distillery to a group of 'Albese' businessmen. Under their stewardship Montanaro continues this exceptional tradition and retains the acknowledged reputation of producing the very highest quality regional products.

Refined in oak barrels for 24-30 months to merge aroma and flavour this Grappa acquires smoothness, perfume, a velvety texture and flavour as well a beautiful pale straw colour. An intense yet delicate fruit spirit the soft, spicy notes on the nose compliment a softly textured palate that marries cut herbs; vanilla; cinnamon; gentle oak; earthy coffee and delightfully floral hints of freshly pressed grapes. A long and persistent finish that still retains a wonderful balance and harmony completes the experience.

Made only from selected pure Nebbiolo da Barolo grape marcs this is an exceptional example of a Northern Italian classic, one to be savoured with a simple espresso, some salted pistachios or perhaps a rich chocolate and hazelnut gelato.

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