2018 Ellena Giuseppe Barolo Ascheri DOCG


Originally planted in 1969, this Nebbiolo grows on one hectare of the Ascheri vineyard in La Morra, Piedmont. The soil is calcareous and clayey, and the vines have a south-west exposure at 340 metres above sea level. Wild yeast fermentation is followed by 45-60 days of maceration on skins. The first ten days, frequent cap punchdowns take place and then for the next five to seven weeks there is traditional maceration with submerged cap. Malolactic fermentation and maturation in barriques and barrels for about 30 months. The wine is bottled in summer without filtration and bottle-aged for nine to twelve months. Best served at 18°C.


Located in La Morra, Piedmont, the 15 hectare farm is comprised of five hectares of vines, the rest being hazelnuts and woodlands. In the family for 50 years there are three generations, Francesco, his son Giuseppe and the grandson Matteo are all involved in the vine growing. All indigenous yeast fermentations with soft vinification for the young wines and long and traditional skin contact for Nebbiolo.

“I like the lightly spicy, forest-fruit and leafy character that colors the ripe red fruit from start to finish here. Medium-to full-bodied with orangey, spicy freshness and only slightly firm tannins. Chestnut-honey notes come through on the finish. With a bit of air, this shows some real complexity and progression. Delicious even now, but will be better in 2023. 94 Points.”
JamesSuckling.com, July 2021 [2017 Vintage]

“Very intense aromas of tar, ripe strawberries and cherries follow through to a full body with round, savory fruit and a hints of dried fruit at the end. A big, rich style. Drinkable now, but better after 2022. 94 Points.”
JamesSuckling.com, August 2020 [2016 Vintage]

“Some mellow notes of walnuts and warm stones with hints of red berries, tobacco and fresh herbs. The palate has a supple and fresh, focused feel with juicy tannins delivering a vibrant finish. Drink or hold. 92 Points.”
JamesSuckling.com, November 2019 [2015 Vintage]

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