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Gemma 'Giblin' Barolo 2008

The Experience

Drink When...
Going to the opera
Listen To...
La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini
Think About...

The Oddbins Take

The Cantine Gemma premises formerly belonged to the Marchesi Falletti’s Opera Pia Barolo, which we rather like the idea of. Although it’s now a fully decked, state-o’-the-art winery, we like to imagine that the spirits of the opera singers still inhabit the place and imbue the wines with a certain romance and drama.

It certainly tastes like that with Giblin, which is a delightful overture, with the statuesque male protagonist of firm tannins and smoke playing perfectly against the wistful, feminine notes of roses and heady yet elegant spice. Bravo.

The Vital Statistics

DOCG Barolo
Can Be Drunk Now - Will Evolve Over the Next 10 Years
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Residual Sugar
1.7 g/l
Alcohol Units

In stock



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The Style

Nebbiolo (100%)
Light Full bodied
Dry Sweet

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Cantine Gemma 'Giblin' Barolo Italian Wine

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Cantine Gemma came into being in 1978, when Silvano Piacentini decided to found a new wine producing enterprise in the commune of Serralunga d’Alba, in an old winery that had formerly belonged to the Marchesi Falletti’s Opera Pia Barolo (the premises have now been completely renovated, with state-of-the-art vinification equipment and new barrels). Cantine Gemma actually owns around 16 hectares (39.5 acres) of vineyards, divided up between the communes of Serralunga and Monforte d’Alba, of which 65% consist of plantings of Nebbiolo for Barolo.

Giorgio Barbero joined the company in 1990. He works with the Faculty of Agriculture at Turin University, and it is he who is responsible for supervising and developing all of Cantine Gemma’s viticultural and winemaking operations.

The vines were trained using the Guyot system and the harvest took place in the first ten days of October. Fermentation took place, with pump overs, in stainless steel tanks for about six days and was macerated for 10 days. It was matured in barrels of medium toasted Allier oak for 24 months, with refinement for about six months in the bottle

This is a Barolo of strong structure, with a beautiful ruby colour with garnet red reflexions; to the nose it gives intense scents of little red fruits with a clean feeling of raspberries enriched with a note of rose, spices and hints of burned firewood. On the palate, the spicy notes return, wrapped in a sweet fruit stimulated by the heavy tannin level.

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