The grapes to produce The Barolo DOCG Sordo were harvested when fully mature and the vinification started immediately upon arriving the cellar. After destemming and soft pressing comes fermentation which takes place at about 30°C in stainless steel tanks. This is followed by maceration using the submerged-cap method, consisting of leaving the must in contact with the skins and pips which traditionally lasts about six weeks. After racking, the ideal conditions for a perfect malolactic fermentation are created in the cellar. The Barolo DOCG Sordo matures in traditional big Slavonian oak barrels for 24 months and ages in the bottle before release. Barolo enjoys an extraordinary longevity.
This Barolo is a blend made with grapes belonging to vineyards in a wider area than the ones employed to produce the 8 well known crus of the Sordo range; these are spread out in 5 different municipalities of the Barolo wine district. The Barolo – king of wines and wine of kings – has been celebrated as the Nebbiolo’s best product for centuries.
Founded in 1912 by Giuseppe Sordo, the present owner’s grandfather, Sordo Giovanni is now under the guidance of its third generation, Giorgio Sordo. Located a few kilometres from Alba, in the municipal district of Castiglione Falletto, Sordo produces critically acclaimed, award-winning Barolo wines. The unique aspect of their business is the producing of 8 Barolo Cru wines – the only winery in the region that produces such terroir driven variety. The Sordo vineyards extend over a total surface area of 53 hectares, covering the municipal areas of Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d’Alba, Monforte d’Alba, Barolo, Novello, La Morra, Verduno, Grinzane Cavour and Vezza d’Alba. With very deep, compact, calcareous marl and numerous micro elements, Sordo benefits from a multitude of environments for its cultivation of Nebbiolo. These differences translate into and are communicated by all Cru wines. A new and very impressive ageing cellar, fitted with over one hundred high capacity Slovenian oak barrels (a softer style of wood so as not to interfere too heavily with each wine’s specific DNA), sits at the heart of the company and enables the wines to mature and develop perfectly. Every step of production follows the traditional methods, a mainstay of the winery throughout the decades.