Saturday, 29 June 2019

Not So Long Overdue Notes - The Barolo Boys Visits Attilio Ghisolfi & Aurelio Settimo

Some more notes from the Barolo Boys trip to Langhe in November of 2018.

Attilio Ghisolfi
My first visit to this Monforte winery. We met up with Gianmarco who showed us the cellars, the surroundings and opened these fine bottles.

2013 Spumante Extra Brut
The nose is steely and dry with notes of lemon peel, tangerines and birch leaves. Very good.
With 3 gr/lit this bubbly comes of as very dry and fresh with notes of chrushed rocks, lemon juice and gooseberries. A good acidity.
87p   (tasted 2018/11)



2016 Pinay
100% Pinot Noir. A cool, spicy nose with notes of earth, dried raspberries and red cherries.
The taste is herbal and fine with notes of earth, dried strawberries and a hint of tobacco. Long and fine.
87p   (tasted 2018/11)

2016 Langhe Nebbiolo
A deep, earthy nose with notes of Christmas spices, dark cherries and rosehips. Very, very good.
The taste is young and tight with notes of tar, cranberries and pomegranate. Long and stern, with a old school Nebbiolo feeling about it.
90p   (tasted 2018/11)

2016 Barbera d´Alba Maggiora
A rather large scaled, juicy Barbera with notes of licorice, ripe raspberries, root vegetables and moist earth. Very, very good.
The taste is juicy and seedy at the same time with a fine acidity and notes of raspberry licorice, damp earth, ripe flowers and a hint of tobacco. Long and fine.
88p   (tasted 2018/11)


2014 Barolo Bricco Visette
This 14 Barolo displays a fine, earthy nose with notes of Christmas spices, lingonberries, chocolate biscuits and a hit of mint. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and concentrated with ripe tannins and notes of red cherries, mosquito agent, earth and spices. Medium bodied and fine.
89p   (tasted 2018/11)

2012 Barolo Riserva Ciabot Minat
A big, smoky nose with notes of ripe cherries, dried up strawberry jam, bay leaves and rosehips. There is lots of things going on here and they are all good.
The taste is tight and steady with notes of ripe cherries, dry licorice, smoke and mushrooms. Very long and intense. A lovely structure. 5+ years.
93p   (tasted 2018/11)


Aurelio Settimo
Situated in the midst of Rocche dell´Annunziata, which we have drove past many. many times, proved to be a interesting visit, with a rustic feeling.


(2016) Sétt Rosato
This rosé sports a cool, light nose with some strawberries and rhubarb aromas.
The taste is pure and simple with a fresh acidity. A bit short.
84p   (tasted 2018/11)



2017 Dolcetto d´Alba
A young, upfront nose with notes of sour/sweet cherries, earth and a hit of tobacco.
The taste is fresh and ripe with notes of blueberries, earth and fresh herbs. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2018/11)

2014 Langhe Nebbiolo
14 was a wet and cold years until the late days of autumn, and this Nebbiolo is a bit unripe and unbalanced on the nose. Some cooked fruit and stable scents.
The taste is dry and one dimensional with notes of dried red fruits, dusty earth and rosehips.
80p   (tasted 2018/11)

2011 Barolo
A earthy, old fashioned nose with notes of cooked cherries,, undergrowth, dried flowers and a hit of dog fur. Rather interesting but a tad one dimensional.
The taste is broad and stern with notes of dried raspberries, asphalt and herbs. Long and sturdy. Old school. Not charming but good.
85p   (tasted 2018/11)


2011 Barolo Rocche dell´Annunziata
A big, deep nose with notes of cooked red fruit, earthy raspberries, dry leather and asphalt. Rather big. Very good.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of dried cherries, licorice and violet pastilles. Old school dry tannins. Long.
87p   (tasted 2018/11)

2009 Barolo Riserva Rocche dell´Annunziata
5 years in concrete and 3 years in wood. The nose is big and perfumed with fine notes of figs, violets, moist undergrowth, dog fur and a hint of coffee. Complex. Very old school in a intense, fine way.
The taste is dry and steady with notes of dried up cherry jam, forest floor, rosehips and iodine. Very, very long. Ends dry and energetic. Very fine.
92p   (tasted 2018/11)


2006 Barolo
A big, mature nose with notes of cooked red beets, ripe cherries and sweet licorice. A bit all over the place.
The taste is more dry and seedy with notes of salmiak, dried cherries, cooked root vegetables and mushrooms. Old school in a somewhat dried out way.
85p   (tasted 2018/11)


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