Wednesday 17 April 2019

The Barolo Boys In Piedmont - Visits To Giovanni Rosso & Castello Di Verduno

Aaaaah, the Langhe air fills our lungs again! No matter how many times we visit we can never grow tired of this most magical place on earth.
The first appointment of our trip was with Elisa Scavino and there we had a four hour long joyful visit.

Then we headed of to:
Giovanni Rosso
We met up with Francesca Cappello who showed us the cellars and we had the opportunity to taste the 17´s from cask and the 16´s from tank, and then 14´s from bottle. The last day of the trip we got to taste the 15´s at Ba&Ba. We had a fantastic visit with Francesca and I really took to these wine, having tasted very little from the estate in the past.

2017 Barolo Cerretta
An open, red fruited nose with notes of earth, Christmas spices and fir wood. High and refined.
The taste is light on its feet yet structured with polished tannins and lovely red fruits. Classy.
~93p   (tasted 2019/03)

2017 Barolo Serra
The Serra is deep and spicy on the nose with notes of ripe lingonberries and forest floor. Elegant. Very fine.
The taste is taut and graceful with notes of hard cherry candy, chalk and spices. Long and lingering. Very handsome.
~93p   (tasted 2019/03)

2017 Barolo Vigna Rionda
The vines were planted in 1946 and it shows on the nose, which displays a deep, old vine feel with notes of violets, undergrowth and tar. Gorgeous.
The taste is concentrated and finely tuned with power and grace. This will turn out a stunner. Great wine.
~96p   (tasted 2019/03)

2016 Barolo Cerretta
The 16 Cerretta is a beauty with lovely notes of ripe red cherries, iron and violets. Very deep and fine.
The taste is seedy and refined with nicely polished tannins and sweet cherry fruit. Very, very long. Taut and fine.
~94p   (tasted 2019/03)

2016 Barolo Serra
The 16 Serra is a must buy when its released. The nose is deep, energetic and vibrant with notes of hard cherry candy, tobacco, licorice and fir wood. Very, very fine.
The taste is pure as a mountain river with refinement and classy notes of ripe cherries, licorice, rosehips and forest floor. Old vine feeling. Very, very long. Great wine.
~97p   (tasted 2019/03)

2016 Barolo Vigna Rionda
A tight, structured nose with notes of Christmas spices, dark cherries, violets and iron. Very deep, this will need plenty of time.
The taste is inky and structured with notes of dark cherries, licorice, iron and herbs. The finish is counted in minutes.
~95p   (tasted 2019/03)

2016 Langhe Nebbiolo
Chrushed wild strawberries, asphalt and forest floor flows up from the glass. A fine laid back warmth. Very, very good.
The taste is medium bodied and spicy with notes of strawberry licorice, gravel and violets. Fresh tannins. Long and fine.
91p   (tasted 2019/03)

2014 Barolo
A cool, mineral laden nose with notes of red currants, forest floor and rosehips. Low keyed. Very good.
The taste is tight and fine with ripening red fruits, gravel and dry licorice. A medium long finish with a fine dryness at the end.
89p   (tasted 2019/03)

2014 Barolo Cerretta
Large scaled for a 2014, this wine offers up aromas of licorice, asphalt and most undergrowth. A fine dried up sweetness. Very fine.
The taste is tight and structured with ripe red fruits and additional notes of asphalt, incense and licorice. Long and very fine.
92p   (tasted 2019/03)

2014 Barolo Serra
A lovely nose with notes of strawberries, spices and tobacco rises from the glass. Very deep. Lovely fruit.
The taste is long, deep and concentrated with juicy tannins and notes of strawberries, violets and spices. The finish is long and structured. A very fine 14.
93p   (tasted 2019/03)

The Barolo Boys & Francesca!

Castello di Verduno
My first visit to this ancient estate located in the centre of Verduno. Marcella showed us the cellars and poured the wines below. A lovely visit and wines to seek out.

Unfortunately not my cellar...
2017 Basadone
This Pelaverga displays and open, yummy nose with notes of white pepper spiced lingonberries, some flowery aromas and road dust. Very, very good.
The taste is light and spicy with notes of ripe lingonberries, white pepper and dried flowers. A very fine acidity. High drinkability.
88p   (tasted 2019/03)

2015 Dolcetto d´Alba Campot
A cool, herbal nose with notes of dried raspberries with some blueberries tossed in. Some licorice. Very good.
The taste is spicy and light on its feet with notes of lingon- and blueberries, gravel and dry spices. A tad short. Very good.
86p   (tasted 2019/03)

2016 Barbera d´Alba
A nice upfront Barbera with notes of dried up raspberry jam, violets and Christmas spices. Very good.
The taste is warm and spicy with notes of raspberry licorice, fried almonds and herbs.
87p   (tasted 2019/03)

2016 Barbera d´Alba Bricco de Cucolo
From 70 year old vines, this Barbera is a beauty, with a deep, haunting nose with notes of ripe lingonberries, blood, iron, earth, herbs and dried up raspberry jam. Very complex and fine.
The taste is intense and multi layered with notes of herb infused raspberries, warm earth, iron and some tobacco notes. Very long. There are only 1000 bottles made yearly, glad I have some.
93p   (tasted 2019/03)

2016 Barbaresco
A finely tuned, elegant nose with notes of roses, spices and ripening red cherry fruit. Very delicate and fine.
The taste is cool and refines with notes of rosehips, red cherries, spices and a hint of tobacco. Floral. Very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2019/03)

2015 Barbaresco Rabajà-Bas
The Rabajá-Bas has only two owners and Castello di Verduno is the only one who bottle a Barbaresco from that plot, and the 2015 is the first vintage.
The nose is deep and spicy with notes of dried cherries, pipe tobacco, paint and fine floral aromas. Very fine.
The taste is refined and racy with notes of sloe berries, violets, earth and cool tobacco. Salivating, polished tannins. Lovely. 5+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/03)

2015 Barolo
A fine, earthy nose with notes of mushrooms, bonfire smoke, dried up cherry jam and asphalt. Complex and fine. A hint of dried beef. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and structured with notes of cool cherries, rosehips, forest floor and shoe polish. Fine, taut tannins. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/03)

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