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Silvano Bolmida

Silvano Bolmida

 


bolmida-vines-baroloSilvano Bolmida has created quite a reputation since his first vintage of Barolo Bussia was released in 2003. Based in La Bussia Monforte d'Alba, Piedmont, a small village in what is commonly acknowledged to be one of the best sub-zones in the Barolo DOCG in Italy's Langhe hills, he took over the reins of the family business having first studied oenology in Alba before spending ten years working at one of the most historically significant producers of Barolo. He has managed to combine a deep respect for the Nebbiolo grape and the traditions of the region with an almost unquenchable thirst to learn more about his vines and the vinification process and to seek incremental improvements in everything that he does. He continues to work with students at his old wine school in his quest to extract the absolute maximum from his vineyards' potential.

His experimentation, though, is not simply for its own sake but is firmly based on gaining as much knowledge about every aspect of the wine-making process as possible in order to further refine his wine-making prowess. Silvano Bolmida tends the 5 hectares of vineyard, situated on soils of fine clay and Miocenic sands in La Bussia, with his family showing respect for organic principles although he has not bothered to seek formal certification of this fact as his focus is firmly on the finished wines. Each process is carried out with his close inspection on the steep, back-breaking slopes including frequent tilling of the soil for oxygenation and improving the cover crops which are grown between the rows of vines, canopy management and the green harvest which takes place in June to concentrate flavour in fewer grapes. To this end he actually cuts the bunches in half and this radical pruning leading to an increase in concentration of the grapes is amply reflected in the end result.

vineyard in baroloExceptional care and attention is given to every single vine, the average age of which is about fifty years, and all of the grapes are harvested by hand in the second week of October. There is then a long fermentation process during which the must spends at least four weeks on the skins. It might be expected that such a long fermentation would result in an over-extraction of poly-phenolic compounds producing harsh tannins but this process actually refines the tannic element. Maturation takes place in small oak barrels for the first year and then a further two years in a combination of small barrels (barriques) and the much larger 3,000 litre botti. The traditional oak used in Italy in general and Barolo in particular is Slavonian from the province of Slavonia in Croatia. Maturing the wine on its lees encourages the polymerisation of the phenolics and the refinement of the tannins. After this period in wood the wine is bottled without the use of filtration and there ensues a further fourteen months of bottle maturation before the wine is released. At this point the Barolo Bussia exhibits a fragrant richness of flavour together with an elegant balance and velvet tannins making fine drinking but, if cellared correctly, it has the structure to evolve further in bottle over at least the next ten years and often longer. A mere 6,000 bottles are produced each vintage.

Silvano Bolmida also makes a second Barolo from a single plot which is called Vigne dei Fantini the grapes for which are harvested about a week earlier than for those of La Bussia. This wine is fermented in stainless steel vats for a period between three and four weeks before being matured on its lees which again takes place in barriques for one year before being transferred into the larger botti.Just as with the Barolo Bussia it is bottled without filtration after a further two years before undergoing another fourteen months bottle maturation. The nose is more powerful than the Bussia and the flavours a little more concentrated making this a single vineyard Barolo of great distinction. A total of 4,000 bottles is produced each year.
 
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  1. Silvano Bolmida, Vigna dei Fantini, Barolo, 2007

    Silvano Bolmida, Vigna dei Fantini, Barolo, 2007

    Silvano Bolmida's Barolos are long-lived wines. Aromatic with dense fruit and refined tannins in youth it continues to evolve developing into a complex and harmonious wine with sweet spices on the beguiling finish.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Nebbiolo
    Country Italy

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  2. Silvano Bolmida, Vigna dei Fantini, Barolo, 2008

    Silvano Bolmida, Vigna dei Fantini, Barolo, 2008

    A lighter and more fragrant Barolo than is often the case. This Barolo has truly ethereal qualities.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Nebbiolo
    Country Italy

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  3. Silvano Bolmida, Barolo Bussia, 2008

    Silvano Bolmida, Barolo Bussia, 2008

    This delicious Barolo Bussia exhibits a spicy, floral and perfumed nose and with notes of cherry, licorice, and tar on the palate.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Nebbiolo
    Country Italy

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