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Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano: an iconic expression of Nebbiolo

We regret that the Monday Sept. 16 Sassicaia-Barolo dinner is sold-out. If you missed out on a reservation, be sure to join our email newsletter mailing list (by clicking here) to stay up to date on upcoming events and offers at Siena Ristorante Toscana.

chiarlo tortoniano

One of the wines we’ll be drinking at Monday’s sold-out Sassicaia-Barolo dinner will be the Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano, one of Italy’s greatest wines and an iconic expression of the noble Nebbiolo grape.

The proprietary name “Tortoniano” refers to the fact that the grapes used to make this wine are sourced from vineyards that lie atop Tortonian-era subsoils.

The Tortonian era was “an age or stage of the late Miocene that spans the time between 11.608 ± 0.005 Ma and 7.246 ± 0.005 Ma (million years ago). It follows the Serravallian and is followed by the Messinian” (from the Wiki).

barolo albo road

The road that runs north from the village of Barolo to Alba in the heart of Barolo country marks a geological divide of the appellation.

To the west of the road, the Tortonian soils are slightly less compact than the Serravallian soil to the east of the road, where the subsoils are older.

As a result, the wines sourced from grapes on the west side of the road, tend to evolve earlier, to be more approachable in their youth, and to reveal more fruit flavor than wines grown on the east side, where the older soils make for more tannic wines, often dominated by earthy flavors and aromas.

Chiarlo’s Tortoniano is sourced from vineyards in the villages of Barolo and La Morra and it is widely considered a classic expression of Barolo made from the west side of the Barolo-Alba divide.

It’s one of Italy’s most iconic wines, by one of its greatest producers.

And we’ll be drinking it on Monday night at Siena Ristorante Toscana…

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