Sunday 21 October 2018

Some Baroli Of Late

2013 Barolo, Domenico Clerico
A deep, open nose with notes of Christmas spices, ripe black cherries, herbs and some minty aromas. Very direct and pleasing.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of dark cherries with a sprinkle of vanilla on top, asphalt, smoke and herbs. Velvety tannins. 4+ years.
89p   (tasted 2018/09)

2013 Barolo Bricco Boschis, Cavallotto
A fine depth and lovely aromas of red cherries, red beets, tobacco and root vegetables. A very fine freshness. Complex.
The taste is young, tight and racy with notes of ripe red cherries, sweet lingonberries, forest floor and warm tiles. Very balanced and fine. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2018/07)

2013 Barolo Gattera, Bovio
Oooh dear, this lack depth and is a bit to warm, strangly enough in this elegant vintage. Ripe raspberries, moist undergrowth and asphalt on the nose with a underlyinh warmth.
The taste is warm and a bit to structured with notes of cherry liquor, sweet licorice and scorched earth. Long, warm and dry.
84p   (tasted 2018/07)

2013 Barolo Castelletto, Giovanni Manzone
A fine, deep, high nose with notes of sour/sweet cherries, violets, rosehips and some handcream notes. Young and fine.
The taste is tight and dry with notes of hard cherry candy, dry licorice and a fine sandy deeling. Long and seedy. Needs 5+ years.
89p   (tasted 2018/09)

2010 Barolo Nirvasco, Bersano
A cool, earthy nose with notes of dried mushrooms, asphalt, herbs and a hint of dry chcocolate. More earthy than fruity in a old school manner.
The taste is earthy, smoky and dry with notes of violets, mushrooms and asphalt. Young, perky tannins. Very good in a dry, restrained way.
87p   (tasted 2018/09)

2013 Barolo, Sordo
The Normale from Sordo sports a fine, low keyed, traditional nose with notes of lingonberries, paint, rosehips and herbs. A fine spicy character.
The taste is seedy and young with notes of bakelite, cool red fruit, and herbs. A bit restrained on the palate. Needs 5+ years. See all 2013 cru´s from Sordo here.
86p   (tasted 2018/08)

2013 Barolo Tre Ciabót, Cascina Ballarin
A finely tuned nose with a light sweetness and notes of ripe red cherries, tobacco, asphalt and model clay. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and balanced with notes of raspberry licorice, tobacco, gravel and herbs. A fine finish with silky tannins. Very fine. 6+ years.
90p   (tasted 2018/08)

2011 Barolo Arborina, Mauro Veglio
A deep, warm, nicely put together nose with notes of dried rose petals, hard cherry candy, ripe flowers and some smoky notes. Very fine. Needs lots of ait to open up.
The taste is taut and warm with notes of raspberry licorice, warm undergrowth, herbs and rosehips. A long, fine tannins with still marked tannins. 5+ years. Here is a note of one of its sister wines, the 2011 Rocche dell´Annunziata.
91p   (tasted 2018/08)

1968 Barolo, Sordo
The last 68 Barolo was a nice one. Not this one, or it could have been nice if its not had been stored in a Italian shop window (or a please like that) for 20+ years... A beautiful label though.
50p   (tasted 2018/09)

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