Damilano gets a lot of flack from us serious Nebbiolo junkies...but judging from this bottle they are to be looked upon a tad more serious.
The nose has a fine coolness to it given the vintage, with notes of ripe red cherries, bakelite, tobacco, rosehips and earth. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and dense with notes of hard cherry candy, mushrooms, herbs and tobacco. Long and warm with a fine dryness at the end. 5+ years.
90p (tasted 2018/08)
2012 Barolo Bricco Boschis, Cavallotto
A deep, fine, open nose with notes of violets, raspberry licorice, cool meat, dried flowers and a touch of mint. Very fine.
The taste is handsome and velvety with notes of forest floor, cherry pips, red currants and Christmas spices. Highly drinkable now but will soldier on for 10+ years.
90p (tasted 2018/09)
2013 Barolo Ginestra, Diego Conterno
A high, refined nose with notes of sweet/sour cherries, smoke, roses, sweet tobacco and a hint of figs. Complex and fine albeit very young.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of sunwarm rocks, ripe cherries, tobacco and some balsamic notes. Long with a fine texture. Very promising, 6+ years.
92p (tasted 2018/09)
2012 Barolo, Burlotto
A fine drinking Barolo, the Normale from Burlotto showcases a pure, elegant nose with notes of paint, red currants, incense and a hint of asphalt. Very fine.
The taste clean as a whistle with fine notes of white peppar, dried raspberries, gravel and spices. Light on its feet with a fine balance. Drink now and the coming 6+ years.
91p (tasted 2018/09)
1996 Barolo Ciabot Berton, Luigi Oberto
A lovely mature, deep, open nose with notes of (over)ripe raspberries, canned mushrooms, dark roses, tobacco and dark perfume. A gorgeous maturity. Intoxicating.
The taste is a bit denser and closed in compared to the nose but still gives lots of pleasure in the shape of raspberry licorice, warm sand, forest floor, dried herbs and paint. A fine dryness at the end. Drinking perfect now.
91p (tasted 2018/08)