Barolo, Barbaresco, Roero. 10 wines from Langhe to try
“Look California!”. The writing that you see along the road from the Perno district to Monforte d’Alba, invites you to look out onto the California that was once the illusion of producers of Piedmont wines. But from here you can admire all the splendour of the Grandi Langhe 2017, like the event held from 2nd to 4th April. At the same time, we tasted the following wines in preview at Nebbiolo Prima 2017: Barolo DOCG 2013 and Riserva 2012 and 2011, Barbaresco and Roero DOCG 2014 and Riserva 2013.
2013, a Barolo that will give satisfaction
The 2013 harvest started late due to the cold, wet spring, followed by a hot August. A double weather trend that overall gave balanced, well-structured and potentially long-lived Barolo, probably more so than the 2012 and 2011.
Barbaresco, the 2014 that nobody expected
The wet 2014 vintage held some surprises in the Barbaresco area, where the rain was limited (and without hailstorms). On the whole, the 2014 Barbaresco wines are subtle and elegant and averagely alcoholic, like in Roero, which suffered more with the vintage, however.
top 10 from tasting diary of Grandi Langhe 2017
Here is the list of the ten wines that thrilled us the most.
Giuseppe Rinaldi – Barolo Brunate DOCG 2013
It takes a few moments for the wine to open up and reveal all its great complexity of aromas, from flowers to fruit, but also aromatic herbs and the first, light, tertiary notes. It is full on the palate, elegantly lingering. Among the pinnacles of Barolo. 94/100
Comm. G.B. Burlotto – Barolo Acclivi DOCG 2013
A Nebbiolo colour, a Nebbiolo nose, a Nebbiolo palate. This wine is a master of consistency and territoriality, where the violets blend with the sweet spices and the freshness reassures the palate. Historic and recognisable. 93/100
Giacomo Fenocchio – Barolo Riserva Bussia 90 dì DOCG 2011
Rich in liveliness, fruity and spicy, it gives off a warm and intense aroma, complex on the palate, balanced and lip-smacking, it is getting ready for many years ahead of it. An old wine from the tradition. 92/100
Michele Chiarlo – Barolo Cerequio DOCG 2013
Elegance and structure, together with a typical freshness, it is a Barolo with a strong character, also because it comes from one of the historic Barolo crus. Already in its youth, it has marked balsamic notes of eucalyptus and mint. For those who love assertive wines. 91/100
Rizzi – Barbaresco Pajoré DOCG 2014
Roses, raspberries and strawberries on the nose, followed by cloves and a hint of liquorice, full, fresh and sapid on the palate. Lingering and caressing. Treiso in a glass. 91/100
Camparo – Boiolo, Barolo DOCG 2013
Delicate expression, with a pale ruby colour, complex but light on the nose, with aromas of small flowers and red fruits, roses and violets are discernible as well as a note of tobacco. On the palate the tannins are still impetuous, but well-made. A new traditional Barolo. 90/100
Cascina Luisin – Barbaresco Rabajà DOCG 2014
It enters the palate mildly and elegantly, but first it envelops the nose with fruity (nuts, especially almond) and delicately spicy notes of pepper and light cinnamon, great harmony. A taste that makes the difference. 90/100
Alberto Oggero – Roero DOCG 2014
Tidy and spacious, it is a scented wine with character, the fruit is followed by flowers, then come the herbs and spices, which follow through onto the palate, intriguing and consistent. The Roero that stands out. 90/100
Fratelli Abrigo – Barolo Ravera DOCG 2013
It is the first vintage for this Barolo di Novello, with a lively colour and warm, fruity but not excessive notes, also a delicate, but lingering taste with great balance between softness and hardness. The debut in Barolo. 89/100
Castello di Verduno – Barbaresco DOCG 2014
The best grapes from three individual and historic vineyards make this wine that carries inside the best of the vintage. The aromatic component is complex, the structure is combined with finesse and the freshness with good warmth. The Barbaresco that sells like hot cakes because of its immediacy. 89/100