The Franco Molino wine estate lies at the base of the hills that lead upward to La Morra, and is associated by marriage with the Cantina Bergadano. The small size of each of these estates is offset by a great assortment of different wines, including vineyard designated Barolos released under the name of a cru.
Piercarlo Bergadano and his wife, Silvana Molino, produce a stylish Barolo from vineyards in the adjoining townships of Barolo, Monforte and Novello. The most famous cru is Sarmassa, a subsection of the Mandoria vineyard in the nearby township of Castiglione Falletto, which is prized for its pure marl soil that offers rather low yields. They also make a Favorita Langhe (a unique white grape variety in Piemonte), a Dolcetto d’Alba and a Barbera d’Alba. Franco Molino releases Barolos in Bordeaux shaped bottles (bottiglie bordolesi), while the Bergadano wines are bottled in the traditional oblong bottles of Piemonte.
Among the crus, the Rocche dell´Annunziata lies in La Morra and is celebrated for its soft, refined qualities; Villero, also in Castiglione Falletto, has a different soil type but produces similarly fine wines. The Bricco Rocca and Bricco Zuncai in La Morra are often blended together to complement each other; this was the case in the exceptional 2001 vintage, which continues to improve in bottle.
This young couple also manages a bed and breakfast in La Morra, with modern and attractive accommodations, that affords a handy and inexpensive way of exploring the Barolo area and its vineyards.