This was one of those visits. More pics than tasting notes. Why?
Because Flavio is cut from the same mold as Loris (Cascina del Monastero - Barolista: A Couple Of Days In Piedmont - Visits To Cascina Del Monastero & Mauro Molino), Nicola and Elio (Trediberri / Elio Sandri - Barolista: The Barolo Boys In Piedmont - Visits To Trediberri & Elio Sandri) and Silvano (Silvano Bolmida - Barolista: A Couple Of Days In Piedmont - Visit To Silvano Bolmida).
From the time you arrive until you leave you are taken on a intense, energy filled ride full of insight, opions, observations and predictions. Always with a glimpse in the eye.
If you´re lucky you sometimes get the chance to ask a question. :-)
But these visits are an absolute treat and I have enjoyed every minute of them. And also learned a lot.
With Flavio I tasted Dolcetto, Barbera and Barolo from tank and cask, all in all 12 different wines in different stages. The Baroli was 2022, 2021 and 2020.
The estate is on the small side, 5,5 ha producing ca 22.000 bottles per year. First vintage with Flavio´s name on the label was the 1996.
If you´re visiting Flavio, which you should, don´t trust Google maps, I found myself in the middle of the vineyards before getting on the right track, thanks to Flavio. Google thought I had a tractor...
We eventually sat down and Flavio opened a bottle of his 2019 Barolo.
2019 Barolo Cerequio
A cool, handsome nose with notes of red cherries, Langhe earth, roses and hints of chocolate. Very fine.
The taste is young and tight with notes of ripe cherries, licorice, asphalt and chocolate biscuits. Very long. 8+ years.
92p (tasted 2023/07)