The 2020 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione is a magical wine from a magical site…mind-blowing balance’
96 points, Antonio Galloni – on Rocche di Castiglione 2020  

‘The best 2020 Barolos offer exquisite balance, tons of class and plenty of up-front appeal…One of the stars is Rocche di Castiglione. The wines from this small sliver of vineyards are consistently superb in 2020… the wines I tasted from this sector were consistently brilliant’
Antonio Galloni on Barolo 2020

‘I can’t think of too many estates in Piedmont that have raised the bar higher than Vietti…virtually every wine that emerges from these cellars is outstanding, and many are profound’
Antonio Galloni,Vinous

Vietti continues to be one of the superstar names in Italian wine. The last decade has seen astonishing success in their range, year after year.  We visited the region last year and were fortunate to taste some great producers and Vietti was, not surprisingly, among the very best wines we tried.

Antonio Galloni has previously described the wines of Vietti as ‘off the charts’, ‘outrageously beautiful’, ‘simply magnificent’ … you get the idea…not exactly casual praise. However, the 2020 wines below are among the last vintages to be overseen by the redoubtable Luca Currado and Elena Penna, as they move on to pastures new.  After 35 vintages, 2020 will be one of the last opportunities to taste the magic from the hands of this almost legendary Langhe couple – described by Monica Larner as ‘some of the most impassioned communicators…also incredibly nice people.’

The 2020 vintage in Barolo is so damned pleasurable. Worlds apart from the firmly-structured 2019 vintage, the ‘exquisite balance, tons of class’ comments above describe perfectly the joys to be found in this sumptuous, open year.

We are delighted to offer the range below including familiar, brilliant ‘Crus’ Brunate, Lazzarito, Ravera and Rocche di Castiglione plus for the first time, Monvigliero. In addition, the third vintage of Barbaresco Masseria – now a geographically-specific cuvée from Roncaglie and now named just that. Always a great wine, this cuvée is as thrilling as ever in 2020. Galloni refers to this wine as ‘stellar’. The other recent addition Cerequio from La Morra has immediately stormed up the charts – ‘buying this vineyard is one of the smartest decisions Vietti ever made. A wine of nuance and class…’  Not forgetting those who love to imbibe these wonderful wines regularly, their Barolo Castiglione bags 2 separate 93-point ratings –  it is an exceptional Barolo for the money.

Already among the region’s greatest producers, Luca and Elena actually improved the wines when ceding family control to entrepreneur Kyle Krause.  The Vietti estate owns some of the region’s most priceless parcels across the 11 Barolo-producing villages. Freed from family politics, the couple was able to refocus and regain their fervent motivation to make these sublime wines even better. Appreciate them while you still can…

*Please note, quantities of the wines are limited.*

Best wishes,

Brunswick Team.

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2020 Vietti, Barolo Castiglione
GBP 225 in bond per case (6*75cl)
GBP 327 in bond per case of magnums (3*150cl)
‘Fragrant, polished and vibrant right out of the gate, the 2020 Barolo Castiglione displays beautifully-lifted notes of crushed red berry fruit, rose petal, mint, white pepper and orange peel. This classically built, mid-weight Barolo is classy to the core. Like all the 2020s here, it will benefit from time in bottle or a good decant. 2024-2035.’
93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous~

2020 Vietti, Barbaresco Roncaglie
GBP 559 in bond per case (6*75cl)
‘The 2020 Barbaresco, from vines in Roncaglie, sizzles with tension. Bright, red-toned fruit, orange peel, mint, white pepper and crushed rocks are all beautifully delineated. In many vintages, the Roncaglie is quite showy. That is hardly the case in 2020, a vintage in which the wine is classically austere and in need of time. Super-classic. 2024-2045.’
94 + points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous 

2020 Vietti, Barolo Lazzarito
GBP 425 in bond per case (3*75cl)
GBP 330 in bond per magnum (1*150cl)
The Lazzarito stands out as one of the strongest wines in this portfolio of new releases from Vietti. With fruit from Serralunga d’Alba, the 2020 Barolo Lazzarito comes in at a very high threshold in terms of complexity, offering dark cherry, crème de cassis, violet macaron, dried herb and lavender. The wine’s perfumes remind me of the south of France in summer. It shows elegant tannins, streamlined intensity and good acidity. Production is 10,626 bottles. 2026-2045.’
96+ points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate

2020 Vietti, Barolo Brunate
GBP 425 in bond per case (3*75cl)
GBP 330 in bond per magnum (1*150cl)
‘The Vietti 2020 Barolo Brunate has a dark and spicy side that is infused throughout the fruit. Dark cherry and blackcurrant are folded into ferrous earth, grilled rosemary, aniseed and a hint of fresh mint. Brunate tends to be quite austere and firm in terms of its aromas, and this vintage shows those qualities well. In fact, the character of the site comes through clearly. The wine has a precise, angular personality, and the fruit feels compact. Only 4,988 bottles were made. 2026-2045.’
95 points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate

2020 Vietti, Barolo Cerequio
GBP 425 in bond per case (3*75cl)
‘The 2020 Barolo Cerequio once again confirms that buying this vineyard is one of the smartest decisions Vietti ever made. A wine of nuance and class, the Cerequio captures all the pedigree of this great site. Crushed red berry fruit, kirsch, blood orange, spice and mint soar out of the glass, all framed by nervy tannins that convey classicism. This is an exotic, racy Barolo. 2028-2045.’
95+ Antonio Galloni, Vinous

2020 Vietti, Barolo Ravera
GBP 475 in bond per case (3*75cl)
GBP 339 in bond per magnum (1*150cl)
‘The Vietti 2020 Barolo Ravera offers dark fruit, cherry and blackcurrant enhanced by soft spice. You also get a sun-kissed note of eggplant, tomato leaf and ferrous earth. Ravera displays strong lines with good acidity and firm tannic backbone. It closes dry and ages in large oak botte only. This is one of the most eyeballed MGAs sites. Ravera, with its open mountain skyline and cool temperatures, is seen as one of the best sites in the appellation, especially as the climate changes. This vintage produced exactly 10,026 bottles. 2026-2045.’
95 points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate

2020 Vietti, Barolo Rocche di Castiglione
GBP 495 in bond per case (3*75cl)
GBP 349 in bond per magnum (1*150cl)
‘2020 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione is a magical wine from a magical site. It marries finesse and volume to a degree that is not found in most of the other wines in this range. Castiglione Falletto is the center of the Barolo production zone, literally and figuratively, the place where many different soil types meet. As a result, the wines often possess mind-blowing balance, which is very much the case here 2028-2045.’
96 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous

2020 Vietti, Barolo Monvigliero
GBP 425 in bond per case (3*75cl)
‘A relatively new departure for Vietti, the 2020 Barolo Monvigliero is soft and delicate with pretty floral aromas, dried iris, powdered spice and a hint of tar or road pavement. The inaugural vintage was 2018. Made with 60% whole-cluster fruit during fermentation, the wine has a moment of tartness, punchy highlights, sweet grenadine and cranberry jelly. It ages in large oak casks for 24 months. Production is 6,754 bottles. 2026-2045.’
95 points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate

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2016 Vietti, Barolo Riserva Villero
GBP 1,149 in bond per case (3*75cl)
’The 2016 Barolo Riserva Villero is a dense, packed wine. Black cherry, plum, licorice, leather and incense add to an impression of brooding, virile intensity. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2016 clearly needs time. Even so, my belief remains what it has always been—that Villero is not the best vineyard in the Vietti range. That is even more apparent today, given the new sites that have been added to the range. The logic of making the estate’s Riserva, theoretically the estate’s top wine, from this site has always escaped me. That is more true today than ever, given the elite sites Vietti has added to their range in recent years.’
96 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous