The vines from this historic cru are located at an altitude of 340 meters in a steep vineyard of very compact, calcareous clay. For us, “Villero” is the most classic rendition of Barolo—always big, tannic and wild, while at the same time possessing an underlying purity and elegance. No wine from this estate needs more time in bottle to master its hard and wild edges. The fruit of this formidable 2013 has a warmer character than the “Garblet Sue” and “Rocche”, with a dense, ripe, black-cherry character to the fruit. Underneath, the wine displays wild, medicinal notes of licorice and orange rind, with formidable and slightly bitter tannins. Quite the beast at this early stage; past experience tells us that this wine will be tamed over time.