Saturday, 22 February 2020

1996 Barolo, Cascina Adelaide & 1996 Barolo Vigna Rué, Davide Germano

1996 Barolo, Cascina Adelaide
I visited this estate recently, so it was fun to open a mature bottle. Mature yes, but still with lots of life. The nose, with some air, displays notes of dried cherries, orange peel, coffee grounds and lots of mushrooms. Very, very good.
The taste is mature, warm, with a tight character and notes of dark cherries, violets, dried mushrooms and undergrowth. A fine dryness at the end.
88p   (tasted 2020/02)



1996 Barolo Vigna Rué, Casina S. Martino/Davide Germano
The estate is called Angelo Germano now. A high, energetic nose with notes of sour/sweet cherries, rosehips, juniper berries and mustard seeds. Very deep and complex. Lovely.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of sour cherries, rosehips, old tobacco, dried flowers and some rubbery notes. Very interesting and fine. Long. Perfectly mature, as many 96 are by now.
The Germano family is the only producer of Rué, a 8,5 ha large MGA in Barolo.
92p   (tasted 2020/02)

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

2016 Barolo At Grandi Langhe


Two days in Alba at Grandi Langhe, tasting the 2016 Baroli, a great experience! A total of 176 wines tasted, of which 112 were a 2016 Baroli (also some 2015, 2013 and 2014 Riserva and some Dolcetto´s).
There will be a separat post on my take on the 2016 Barolo vintage. But for now, here are the wines tasted at Grandi Langhe (with 13 wines added, tasted at the estates of  Cascina AdelaideAldo Conterno, Luigi Pira and Marengo (notes will be published soon)).

98-100
2016 Barolo Romirasco, Aldo Conterno
2016 Barolo Vigna Rionda, Luigi Pira

96-97
2016 Barolo Cicala, Aldo Conterno
2016 Barolo Serra, Giovanni Rosso




94-95
2016 Barolo Colonnello, Aldo Conterno
2016 Barolo Bussia Vigna Pianpolvere, Chionetti
2016 Barolo Badarina, Bruna Grimaldi
2016 Barolo Coste & Bricco, Ascheri
2016 Barolo Arborina, Marco Curto
2016 Barolo Cerretta, Giovanni Rosso
2016 Barolo Margheria, Massolino
2016 Barolo Ornato, Palladino
2016 Barolo Castello, ArnaldoRivera
2016 Barolo Castelletto, Castello di Perno
2016 Barolo Cannubi, Francesco Rinaldi
2016 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione, Vietti
2016 Barolo Brunate, Marengo
2016 Barolo Margheria, Luigi Pira
2016 Barolo Marenca, Luigi Pira





92-93
2016 Barolo Baudana, Cascina Adelaide
2016 Barolo Fossati, Cascina Adelaide
2016 Barolo Preda, Cascina Adelaide
2016 Barolo Bricco San Pietro, Anna Maria Abbona
2016 Barolo Parussi, Chionetti
2016 Barolo Bricco Ambrogia, Bruna Grimaldi
2016 Barolo Ascheri, Ascheri
2016 Barolo Sorano, Ascheri
2016 Barolo La Serra, Agostino Bosco
2016 Barolo R.G., Carlo Revello
2016 Barolo, Castello di Verduno
2016 Barolo Bricco Manescotto, Giovanni Corino
2016 Barolo del Commune di Barolo, Crissante Alessandria
2016 Barolo Capalot, Crissante Alessandria
2016 Barolo La Foia. Marco Curto
2016 Barolo Rocche Rivera Scarrone, Luigi Oddero
2016 Barolo Lazzarito, Fontanafredda
2016 Barolo Rocche dell´Annunziata, Franco Molino
2016 Barolo Gianetto, Garesio
2016 Barolo Marassio, Giulia Negri
2016 Barolo, Massolino
2016 Barolo Parussi, Massolino
2016 Barolo La Serra, Mauro Molino
2016 Barolo Conca, Mauro Molino
2016 Barolo Parafada, Palladino
2016 Barolo Lazzarito, Gianni Gagliardo
2016 Barolo del Commune di La Morra, Marcarini
2016 Barolo La Serra, Marcarini
2016 Barolo La Serra, Reverdito
2016 Barolo Rocche dell´Annunziata, Rocche Costamagna
2016 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d´Alba, Tenuta Cucco
2016 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d´Alba, Luigi Vico
2016 Barolo Prapò, Luigi Vico
2016 Barolo, Gianfranco Alessandria
2016 Barolo San Giovanni, Gianfranco Alessandria
2016 Barolo Bussia, Amalia
2016 Barolo Ravera, ArnaldoRivera
2016 Barolo Brunella, Boroli
2016 Barolo Villero, Boroli
2016 Barolo Ravera, Cagliero
2016 Barolo Bricco San Pietro, Cascina Sòt
2016 Barolo Cannubi, Giacomo Fenocchio
2016 Barolo Villero, Giacomo Fenocchio
2016 Barolo Bussia, Giacomo Fenocchio
2016 Barolo Bricco delle Viole, G.D. Vajra
2016 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione, Monchiero
2016 Barolo Ornato, Pio Cesare
2016 Barolo Brunate, Francesco Rinaldi
2016 Barolo del Comune del Barolo, Scarzello
2016 Barolo Sarmassa, Scarzello
2016 Barolo Barolo di Barolo, Virna Borgogno
2016 Barolo Cannubi, Virna Borgogno
2016 Barolo Sarmassa, Virna Borgogno
2016 Barolo Bricco delle Viole, Marengo
2016 Barolo Serralunga, Luigi Pira





90-91
2016 Barolo Cannubi, Cascina Adelaide
2016 Barolo Pernanno, Cascina Adelaide
2016 Barolo, Marziano Abbona
2016 Barolo Castiglione Falletto, Anna Maria Abbona
2016 Barolo Sorano, Claudio Alario
2016 Barolo Camilla, Bruna Grimaldi
2016 Barolo, Ascheri
2016 Barolo Margheria, Franco Boasso
2016 Barolo Neirane, Agostino Bosco
2016 Barolo, Carlo Revello
2016 Barolo, Giovanni Corino
2016 Barolo Giachini, Giovanni Corino
2016 Barolo Luigi Oddero
2016 Barolo La Rosa, Fontanafredda
2016 Barolo Paiagallo, Fontanafredda
2016 Barolo del Commune di Serralunga d´Alba, Garesio
2016 Barolo La Tartufaia, Giulia Negri
2016 Barolo, Mauro Molino
2016 Barolo Gallinotto, Mauro Molino
2016 Barolo Castelletto, Gianni Gagliardo
2016 Barolo Rocche dell´Annunziata, Ratti
2016 Barolo Bricco Cogni, Reverdito
2016 Barolo Badarina, Reverdito
2016 Barolo La Serra, Martini Voerzio
2016 Barolo Le Coste di Monforte, Amalia
2016 Barolo Monvigliero, ArnaldoRivera
2016 Barolo Sarmassa, Bergadano
2016 Barolo Terlo, Cagliero
2016 Barolo, Cascina Sòt
2016 Barolo, Castello di Perno
2016 Barolo Castellero, Giacomo Fenocchio
2016 Barolo Villero, Livia Fontana
2016 Barolo, Pio Cesare
2016 Barolo Castiglione, Vietti
2016 Barolo, Marengo





88-89
2016 Barolo Le Coste di Monforte, Pecchenino
2016 Barolo Rive Rocca, Claudio Alario
2016 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga, Franco Boasso
2016 Barolo del Comune di Monforte d´Alba, Gemma
2016 Barolo del Commune di Serralunga d´Alba, Gemma
2016 Barolo Serradenari, Giulia Negri
2016 Barolo, Palladino
2016 Barolo, Gianni Gagliardo
2016 Barolo Marcenasco, Ratti
2016 Barolo Conca, Ratti
2016 Barolo Undicicomuni, ArnaldoRivera
2016 Barolo, Bergadano
2016 Barolo Cerequio, Boroli
2016 Barolo Fontanin, Livia Fontana
2016 Barolo Baudana, G.D. Vajra
2016 Barolo Tresuri. Mauro Sebaste

86-87
2016 Barolo Gabutti, Franco Boasso
2016 Barolo Serralunga, Fontanafredda
2016 Barolo del Comune di La Morra, Gemma
2016 Barolo, Martini Voerzio
2016 Barolo Albe, G.D. Vajra
2016 Barolo Cerretta, Mauro Sebaste
2016 Barolo Mariondino, Parusso
2016 Barolo Bussia, Parusso

85 and lower
2016 Barolo, Parusso
2016 Barolo Mosconi, Parusso


Friday, 14 February 2020

1993 Barolo, Virna Borgogno


1993 Barolo, Virna Borgogno
Needed an hour in the decanter before it opens up. Then it displays a low keyd, structured nose with notes of dried strawberries, asphalt, earth and decaying flowers. A fine old school Nebbiolo nose.
The taste is dry and tight with notes of red currants, asphalt, rosehips and some still rough ended tannins. Medium long and fine. Mature but bottles like this will go on for 6+ years. Another fine bottle from this underrated vintage.
89p   (tasted 2020/02)

Sunday, 9 February 2020

2012 Cristal, Louis Roederer


2012 Cristal, Louis Roederer
The new vintage of Cristal has a very, very handsome, delicate nose with fine notes of white flowers, red apples, matchbox, almond paste and lots and lots of minerals. There a lot of stuff to find in this precious, finely tuned nose. Lovely.
The taste is very long, very balanced and refined, with notes of lemon cream, steel, red apple skin and smoke. Very saline. The acidity is perfectly balanced. Young and tight of course but I have no problem downing some glasses of this nectar. A stunning wine. For me, this bottle lived up to Churchills motto - "dry, cold and free" - since Vinunic kindly opened bottles during a press release.
Made up of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay with 7,5 g/l dosage.
97p   (tasted 2020/02)

Friday, 7 February 2020

The Barolo Boys In Piedmont - Visit To Aldo Conterno

Loving the new labels! :-)
Visiting Giacomo is always a treat! He is a charming, vocal, opinionated and the most gracious friend and host you could ask for. The hours just flows by, and then there are the wines...

2017 Bussia d´Or
In this hot year (I was in Langhe in August and the temperature was hitting 35+ degrees some days) Giacomo harvested the Chardonnay grapes on the 25th of August.
The nose is deep and spicy with notes of bloor oranges, grilled lemons, smoke and sweet minerals. Open for business. Very, very good.
The taste is dense and concentrated with notes of sweet lime, smoke and tangerines. A very good structure and a fine acidity. Tasted again two hours later at room temperature and it hold very well together. Reminds me of the 2015.
92p   (tasted 2020/01)

2017 Barbera d´Alba Conca Tre Pile
A deep, smoky nose with a fine warmth and notes of red beets, raspberries and dry licorice. A very fine body.
The taste is structured and balanced with notes of red beet juice, dry licorice, asphalt and fresh herbs. A long, juicy finish. Very, very good.
92p   (tasted 2020/01)


2017 Il Favot
A fresh, low keyed nose with notes of ripening strawberries, red currants and minerals. Some iron scents. Very, very good.
The taste is easy going and direct with notes of cool strawberries, iron and earth. Very, very good but a tad anemic in the finish.
89p   (tasted 2020/01)

2016 Barolo Colonnello
The Colonnello displays a refined and racy nose with notes of hard cherry candy, red currants, sweet minerals and violets. Very fine.
The taste is rich and generous with notes of sweet/sour cherries, forest floor, violets and hints of tobacco. Very long and fine. 6+ years.
94p   (tasted 2020/01)


2016 Barolo Cicala
A very deep, tight nose with notes of dried up cherry jam, violet scented soap, leather and iron. Dense and very fine.
The taste is taut and structured with notes of sweet/sour cherries, earth, dry tobacco and violets. Very long, very intense and very fine. 8+ years.
96p   (tasted 2020/01)


2016 Barolo Romirasco
Bottomless deep, complex and utterly gorgeous, this youngster shows of notes of sweet/sour cherries, rosehips, smoke and a hint of shoe polish. Perfectly balanced. Just stunning.
The taste is tight and sandy with notes of hard cherry candy, mushrooms, forest floor, rosehips and a hint of cool tobacco. The length is counted in minutes. Tasting the Romirasco is always a treat. 8+ years.
98p   (tasted 2020/01)

2012 Barolo Ríserva Granbussia
A very complex, multi layered nose with notes of leather, sugared coffee, ripe strawberries tar and the dark rubbery scent of a hockey puck! Very, very deep.
The taste is the proverbial "iron fist in a velvet glove", with lovely notes of dried red fruit, asphalt, undergrowth, violets and dark dry cookie dough. Long, long, long. Great wine. 6+ years.
98p   (tasted 2020/01)


Thursday, 6 February 2020

Two 2015 Dogliani

These two Dolcetto´s were tasted at our apartment in Castiglione Falletto.

2015 Dogliani San Luigi, Chionetti
Structured and fine on the nose with notes of ripening blueberries, earth, violets and Langhe gravel, with its own scent. Very good.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of ink, blueberries and dark flowers. An irony character. Still young. 5+ years.
87p   (tasted 2020/01)


2015 Dogliani Superiore San Bernardo, Anna Maria Abbona
A deep, dense, concentrated nose with notes of bakelite, dark earth and dried up Drottningsylt (a raspberry/blueberry jam). Very, very good.
The taste is taut and distinct with sandy tannins and notes of violets, iodine, ripe blueberries and scorched earth. Very long. This needs time, 7+ years.
91p   (tasted 2020/01)

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Tasting Through Divine´s Assortment

This afternoon I had the opportunity to taste through some of Divine´s assortment. I came late so I only tasted 33 wines. These were the highlights, according to my taste buds.

2018 Chablis Vieilles Vignes, Séguinot-Bordet
Crisp, smoky and finely balanced this young Chablis is great to drink now and the coming 10 years.
91p   (tasted 2020/02)


2017 Vagüera, Alvar de Dios Hernandez
Made from Dona Blanca this extrovert, gorgeous wine shows of ripe yellow fruit, white pepper and flowers with a long, deep and complex taste.
92p   (tasted 2020/02)


2017 Las Vidres, Alvar de Dios Hernandez
More restrained that the wine above, this beauty displays notes of sun warm rocks, grilled lemons and passionfruit. The taste is concentrated, balanced and lovely. Great wine.
94p   (tasted 2020/01)

2016 Ma Douce Chardonnay, Morlet
Open and fine with ripe pears, matchbox and minerals on the nose and a long, distinct taste with great flavours and a creamy, silky mouthfeel.
94p   (tasted 2020/02)



2017 Yavallo, Alvar de Dios Hernandez
The red wine from this, for me, new producer, is a fine as the whites above. Ripe black fruits, scorched earth, tobacco and dark chocolate on the nose and a multi layered, complex taste with structure and finesse, this is a keeper.
93p   (tasted 2020/02)

2016 Enchanté White, Andrew Murray
Andrew Murray was on location and poured his fine wines. This Roussanne and Grenache Blanc blend offers up a flowery and white pepper filled nose with a perky taste with a very fine acidity.
91p   (tasted 2020/02)

2017 Espérance, Andrew Murray
A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. The nose is spicy and fine with notes of forest floor and cranberries. The taste is elegant and peppery with notes of blueberries, herbs and sun warm rocks.
91p   (tasted 2020/02)


2016 Syrah Tous les Jours, Andrew Murray
A delicate, light meaty nose with a additional notes of asphalt and dark licorice, and a long, expressive taste with a fine, dry ending. Lovely now but will keep for many years, as the 1998 tasted last summer was a testiment to.
92p   (tasted 2020/02)

2016 Sandy´s Pinot Noir, Melville
A smoky, intense Pinot nose with sweet wild strawberries, a hint of tobacco and warm tiles. The taste is velvety but with a stern backbone and complexity. Really fine.
94p   (tasted 2020/02)


The 2016 Lyndenhurst and the 2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignong from Spottswoode were tasted last September, with the same impressions. Stunning wines.

2016 Syrah, Lillian
Another handsome, perfectly polished Syrah from Maggie Harrison. Buy and drink! Just as fine as
the 2015.
96p   (tasted 2020/02)


2015 No 4, Andremily
Everything in place, this beauty just needs 10 years to hit its peak and maybe perfection. A blend of 91% Syrah, 6% Mourvédre and 3% Viognier.
96p   (tasted 2020/02)

2012 Grand Millésime Brut
On my way out a caught a taste of this palate cleanser, which showed as fine as a couple of months ago.
93p   (tasted 2020/02)


Sunday, 2 February 2020

The Barolo Boys In Piedmont - Visits To Giulia Negri, Franco Conterno & Cascina Adelaide

The Barolo Boys descends yet again upon Piedmont. The prime objective this time was to take part of Grandi Langhe - the first showing (with Nebbiolo Prima just days before) of the new vintages of Barolo and Barbaresco.
2016 for Barolo and 2017 for Barbaresco. A report on the 2016 Barolo vintage will come shortly. But we also took the time to visit some estates before Grandi Langhe.

Giulia Negri
We drove up to the highest vineyards in La Morra where the Serradenari estate lies. Alessia met up with us and showed the surroundings, the cellar and poured these fine wines. At Grandi Langhe we met up with Giulia and Alessia and tasted the 2016.
I had previously tasted the 2010 & 2013 Tartufaia.


2017 Barbera d´Alba
An open fruity nose with notes of warm earth, raspberries, herbs and clay. Very, very good.
The taste is fresh and fine with notes of raspberry licorice, dark chocolate and undergrowth. A fine warmth.
88p   (tasted 2020/01)



2017 Langhe Nebbiolo
A nice, cool nose with notes of Christmas spices, cranberries and violet pastilles. Very good.
The taste is seedy and fresh with a light structure and notes of red currants, earth and violets. Cool, sandy tannins.
86p   (tasted 2020/01)

2015 Barolo La Tartufaia
The 15 Tartufaia displays a fine, delicate nose with notes of wild strawberries, forest floor and rosehips. High and fine.
The taste is young and sandy with notes of dried strawberries, fresh mushrooms and dry licorice. Refined and fine. 5+ years.
91p   (tasted 2020/01)



2014 Barolo Serradenari
An open, kind of fleeting nose with notes of red cherries, flower water and dry licorice. A hint of VA.
The taste is seedy and a tad rough around the edges with notes of hard cherry candy, earth and dry herbs. Medium long. For drinking now.
86p   (tasted 2020/01)



2012 Barolo Tartufaia
A deep and a tad meaty nose with notes of cooked cherries, a mushroom forest and rosehips. A fine depth. Chrushed rocks. Very, very good.
The taste is warm and fine with a hint of maturity and notes of asphalt, cooked cherries and licorice. A long finish with a fine warmth. 3+ years.
90p   (tasted 2020/01)



Franco Conterno
My first visit to this estate, which has its name on the label - Cascina Sciulun. Alessia was a gracious host, informed us about the estate and the wines, we had a great time!

2018 Dolcetto d´Alba
A deep, dark nose with notes of blueberries, smoke and scorched earth. A fine warmth.
The taste is dark and fruity with notes of ripe black cherries, blueberries, smoke and warm herbs. Long and fine. Very, very good.
89p   (tasted 2020/01)


2017 Barbera d´Alba Superiore
A deep, juicy nose with notes of smoky raspberries, melted asphalt and fir wood. Very fine.
The taste is generous and tight with notes of salt liocorice, ripe raspberries and fresh herbs. Very well balanced.
90p   (tasted 2020/01)

2017 Langhe Nebbiolo
An open nose with a fine warmth and notes of black cherries, Christmas spices and tar. A fine warmth. Very, very good.
The taste is juicy and fresh with notes of ripe cherries, asphalt and sweet violets. A long, structured finish. 4+ years.
90p   (tasted 2020/01)



2015 Barolo Pietrin
The Pietrin comes from three vineyards - Pugnane, Panerole and Bussia - and shows a old school, somewhat restrained nose with notes of forest floor, mushrooms and red currants.
The taste is steady and fine with some rough tannins and notes of sweet/sour cherries, mushrooms and violets. Long and fine. 6+ years.
90p   (tasted 2020/01)


2015 Barolo Panerole
A fine, sandy nose with notes of smoke, black cherries, licorice and red ski wax. Very deep and fine.
The taste is seedy and elegant with notes of ripe cherries, mushrooms and dark flowers. A very fine mouthfeel. Balanced. Lovely. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2020/01)




2013 Barolo Riserva Bussia
A cool, refined nose with notes of hard cherry candy, mushrooms, orange peel and forest floor. High and pure. Very deep and fine.
The taste is restrained and racy with notes of red cherries, dried wild strawberries and iron. Very structured tannins. Long and intense. Needs at least 8 more years in the cellar.
92p   (tasted 2020/01)

2018 Nascetta
To freshen up our taste buds, Alessia opened this charmer. A fine, spicy nose with notes of white pepper, chalk and fine floral scents. Very good.
The taste is fruity and direct with notes of white pepper, passionfruit and gravel. Light, juicy and fine.
87p   (tasted 2020/01)


Cascina Adelaide
On the early hours of a Sunday, we drove to Barolo and met up with Simone, who gave us a tour of the cellar, spoke enthusiastic about the wines and showed us a great time!
Besides the wines below we also tasted 2017 Baudana and Fossati from cask, and as below I prefered the Fossati, fine wines in the making.



2016 Barolo Cannubi
A deep, spicy nose with notes of cherry licorice, rosehip and gravel. A fine round character. A fine warmth.
The taste is young and tight with notes of ripe red cherries, minerals and rosehip. Rough tannins. Long and very fine. 6+ years.
90p   (tasted 2020/01)



2016 Barolo Baudana
Deep, seedy and concentrated on the nose with notes of asphalt, ripe cherries, spice and a hint of burnt meat. Very fine.
The taste is restrained and taut with notes of dry licorice, cherries, iron and minerals. A long, strict finish. Will turn out great after 8+ years in the cellar.
92p   (tasted 2020/01)

2016 Barolo Fossati
The Fossati oozes up from the glass with notes of dried up cherry jam, licorice, asphalt and wet rust. Very deep and very fine.
The taste is tight and intense with notes of ripe black cherries, rosehip, Finnish licorice and asphalt. Long, dense and promising. Very, very fine. 8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2020/01)



2015 Barolo Cannubi
The 15 Cannubi displays a more open and warm nose, consistent with the vintage, compared to the 16. Fine notes of ripe cherries, sugared coffee, violets and some bonfire scents. Very, very good.
The taste is concentrated and fine with notes of cooked cherries, rosehip and scorched earth. A long finish with a fine warmth. 5+ years.
90p   (tasted 2020/01)

2013 Barolo Riserva Per Elen
A blend from two vineyards, 70% Cannubi and 30% Baudana that spends two year in wood and three years in bottle. The nose is big and rather outgoing with a lovely notes of strawberry licorice, hot gravel, dried flowers and forest floor. Very deep.
The taste is rich and concentrated with notes of assorted dried red fruits, dry licorice, mushrooms and rosehip. An old scool finesse. Very, very long. Great wine. 6+ years.
95p   (tasted 2020/01)