Tuesday 10 January 2023

2006 Barolo - Eleven Bottles Tasted

S invited to a tasting and we had no clue that it was a follow up tasting to the tasting he aranged in April of this year when the theme was 2004 Barolo - Barolista: 2004 Barolo - 5 Producers & 18 Bottles
This time is was 2006 Baroli that was poured. One corked bottle but otherwise some really fine bottles.

I found these 2006 still on the young side of things, needing at least 5+ years to reach the state of maturity I love in a Barolo.
All wines tasted double blind.

M. Marengo
2006 Barolo
Unfortunately corked.
No rating   (tasted 2022/12)

2006 Barolo Bricco Viole
A deep, forward nose with notes of forest floor, Christmas spices, red tea and cooked red cherries. Very fine. Some maturity.
The taste is broad and balanced with lovely sweet fruit, lots of silky tannins and a long, long finish with a fine warmth. 4+ years.
94p   (tasted 2022/12)

2006 Barolo Brunate
A tad subdued, deep nose with notes of rosehips, dried raspberries, fir wood, salmiak and earth. Pure and fine.
The taste is restrained and focused with notes of iron, cherry pips, earth and fir wood. Long. Needs time, 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2022/12)

2006 Barolo Vecchia Vigne delle Brunate
A deep, gorgeous nose with notes of mushrooms, dark flowers, violets, corinthians and fir wood. Really fine.
The taste is brilliant with intensity, focus and restrained power. Lots of structure for aging. Dried rose petals, violets, hard cherry candy, moist earth. 6+ years. Great wine.
96p   (tasted 2022/12)

Conterna Fantino
2006 Barolo Vigna del Gris
A tight, fine nose with notes of black flowers, iron, black cherries and a hint of mint. Very deep and fine.
The taste is backward and structured with lots of black fruit locked up for now. Very long with a fine bitterness in the finish. 7+ years.
92p   (tasted 2022/12)

2006 Barolo Mosconi
Always my favourite in the Conterno Fantino line up. This time too. The nose is handsome and deep with fine notes of licorice, fine tobacco, ripe cherries and bakelite. Intense.
The taste is tight and concentrated with juicy tannins, boatloads of black cherry fruit and a long, iron clad finish. Really fine. 8+ years.
95p   (tasted 2022/12)

2006 Barolo Sorì Ginestra
A deep, refined nose with notes of sandelwood, ripe cherries, asphalt and a lovely perfumed note. Cool and collected.
The taste is balanced and rich with gorgeous notes of black cherries, iron, asphalt, licorice and rosehips. The finish goes on and on. This needs plenty of time, 10+ years.
94p   (tasted 2022/12)

2006 Barolo Bricco Boschis
A delicate, laid back nose with notes of smoke, forest floor, black cherries and lots of wild flowers. Very fine.
The taste is tight and elegant with gorgeous cherry fruit, silky tannins and a long, luscious finish. 6+ years.
94p   (tasted 2022/12)

2006 Barolo Vignolo
A very deep, pure nose with notes of forest floor, ripe raspberries, licorice and assorted spices. Lovely.
The taste is tight and nicely concentrated with notes of sandelwood, black cherries, rosehips and dried flowers. Very balanced. 6+ years.
95p   (tasted 2022/12)

2006 Barolo Riserva Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe
A brilliant nose with depth, intensity and refinement. There are notes of ripe cherries, red apples, paint, chocolate biscuits, rosehips, licorice and charcoal. Very complex.
The taste is an almost perfect combination of juicy fruit, a taut structure with polished tannins and a lenght that keeps going on and on. A candidate for perfection in 6-8 years.
97p   (tasted 2022/12)

One extra bottle
2006 Barolo Cannubi Boschis, Sandrone
With the recent passing of Luciano Sandrone, it seems in handsight that this was a appropriate tribute to the great Barolista that he was. 1990 and 2001 Cannubi Boschis have for me been perfect wines on several occasions.
The 2006 opens up with a deep, complex nose with notes of ripe black cherries, cold coffee, nougat, damp earth and licorice. Very fine.
The taste is rich and focused with gorgeous black fruit, perfectly polished tannins and long, long finish. Great wine. 5+ years.
96p   (tasted 2022/12)

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