After a highly successful engineering career,
Amabile Droco finally acted upon his lifetime dream by purchasing
an old farmhouse and vineyard in the heart of Barolo.
He did this as he wanted to demonstrate not only the fascinating
qualities of Barolo, but also the diversity of the terroir within
the Barolo DOCG. So far he has steadily grown the number of
vineyards he owns and controls to eight out of the ten Barolo
"Crus", with the goal of completing his dream when the right sites
become available. To ensure the individuality of the wines shines
through, no herbicides are used on the land and the harvesting and
sorting is all done by hand. Native yeasts and minimal sulphur are
used in the fermentation too, creating delicious complex wines full
of orange skin, plum and tobacco notes with incredibly vibrant
tannins and excellent balancing acidity.
With vineyards in some of the best sites, including Preda and
Cannubi, there was always the potential to produce great fruit but
with reduced yields, improved viticulture and some replanting, this
potential is now being realised and fruit quality is fantastic.
A horizontal tasting of the wines demonstrates the clearly
defined characteristics of each of the vineyards in terms of fruit
concentration, elegance and the structure of the tannins enabling
the taster to appreciate not only the quality of the whole range
but also which style is their own individual preference.
Journalists been quick to recognise the fantastic quality of the
wines with a number of the wines awarded 95 points from Wine
Spectator as well as consistently coming out on top in Decanter