Saturday 18 May 2019

Not So Long Overdue Notes - The Barolo Boys Visit Reverdito & Ascheri

After our first visit to Giacomo Conterno we soldiered on to two new acquaintances.

We met up with Michele and Sabina, brother and sister, who own the estate, which was established in 2000. Their father, Silvano, started to buy vineyards all over Langhe in the late sixties, and they make up the Cru´s which are bottled today.

2016 Nascetta
The 16 Nascetta has a very aromatic, flowery nose with notes of yellow apples, grass and dried apricots. Very nice.
The taste is cool and dry with notes of tangerines, grass and dried flowers. A good acidity. A tad foursquare in the finish. Good.
85p   (tasted 2018/11)

2017 Nascetta
The 17 has a perky and fine nose with notes of orange flower water, minerals and tangerines. Open and fine.
The taste is racy and fine with a very good acidity and lots of yellow fruits. Long. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2018/11)

2017 Pelaverga
From an previously opened bottle - don´t know how long it has been opened but its shows a muted nose with notes of cooked berries, rosehips and heavy undergrowth. Not the character that I am used to in Pelaverga.
The taste is dry and compact with notes of assorted red berries, tobacco and rosehips. Judgement referred.
78p   (tasted 2018/11)

2015 Barbera d´Alba Butti
An open, fruity, spicy nose with notes of raspberry licorice, smoke and some chocolate biscuits. Very good.
The taste is warm and spicy with notes of ripe raspberries, tobacco and forest floor. Long and warm.
87p   (tasted 2018/11)

2016 Langhe Nebbiolo Simone
A fine, delicate nose with notes of cranberries, dried flowers and dry licorice. Very good.
The taste is tight and dry with notes of ripening red cherries, wild strawberries, gravel and rosehips. Very, very good.
88p   (tasted 2018/11)

2014 Barolo
A light, classic nose with notes of lingonberries, dry tobacco, strawberries and rosehips. Very nice.
The taste is cool and seedy with notes of dried strawberries, tobacco and dried flowers. Petite, perky tannins. Very, very good.
89p   (tasted 2018/11)

2014 Barolo Castagni
A withdrawn, young nose with notes of fir wood, paint, ripening raspberries and dark perfume. Very nice.
The taste is tight and steady with notes of dry raspberries, tobacco and chrushed rocks. A severe mid palate that need time to soften. 5+ years.
88p   (tasted 2018/11)

2014 Barolo Ascheri
A deep, complex nose with notes of spicy raspberries, licorice, paint and roses. Very fine. High and handsome.
The taste is finely tuned with silky tannins and ripe red fruit alongisde notes of tar, licorice and dried flowers. Lovely. 4+ years.
92p   (tasted 2018/11)

2014 Barolo Bricco Cogni
The Bricco Cogni has a fine perfumed nose with notes of dark flowers, ripe lingonberries, earth and roses en masse! A fine complexity. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of ripe lingonberries, earth, red beets and asphalt. Fine tannins. 3+ years.
91p   (tasted 2018/11)

2014 Barolo Badarina
This is a another ball game all together - richer and riper than the previous wines, this 14 displays a deep, warm, all ove the place nose with notes of ripe plums, dried tangerines, ripe flowers, warm sand and fir wood. Peculiar and very interesting.
The taste is large scaled (for a 14) and intense with notes of ripe morelles, sweet/sour cherries, sand, tobacco and spices. Very long. Give this 8+ years and it will become a real stunner or have crumbled and died...
93p   (tasted 2018/11)

From barrel and tank we also tasted - 2016 Barolo La Serra (~92p), 2016 Barolo Badarini (~93p), 2017 Barolo Bricco Cogni (~92p) & 2018 Barolo Badarini (~90p).

This is an ancient producer - since 1880 - that is located in Bra. Hard to locate (even with gps....) but very well worth it.

2017 Arneis
A very fine, high nose with notes of dried up honey, orange flowers, light spices and grass. Has a lot of energy. Very good.
The taste is cool and racy with notes of lemon peel, spices, grass and gravel. A very fine acidity. Vibrant.
88p   (tasted 2018/11)

2015 Montalupa Bianco
Everyone that knows me know that my least favourite white wine grape in the world is Viognier. And here I am, tasting a very good one!
The nose is open, rich and very spicy with notes of earth, ripe flowers, hay, clay and matchstick. Very deep and fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of flower water, ripe tangerines, hay and wet stones. A decent enough acidity. Rich, generous and very fine.
90p   (tasted 2018/11)

2013 Montalupa Rosso
This Syrah offers up a cool, white peppery nose with notes of blueberries, cool meat, bakelite and dark spices. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and peppery with notes of smoke, blueberries, smoke and violets. A long, spicy finish. Restrained and fine. 5+ years.
90p   (tasted 2018/11)

2014 Barolo
A fine, low keyed nose with notes of ripe lingonberries, cramberries, paint and earth, Very fine in a restrained way.
The taste is classic, seedy and fine with notes of hard cherry candy, earth, shoe polish and rosehips. Balanced and fine. 3+ years.
90p   (tasted 2018/11)

2013 Barolo Pisapola
A deep, fine nose with a lovely dry sweetness and notes of ripe red cherries, Finnish licorice, rosehips and dark bread. Very fine.
The taste is young, tight and refined with notes of ripe red cherries, raspberry licorice, incense and sand. Lovely. Like licking on a sandpaper (in a positive sense). 8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2018/11)

2013 Barolo Ascheri
Even better, the Ascheri offers up a hauntingly deep nose with notes of dark cherries, tobacco, moist earth, warm tiles and fresh flowers. Very, very fine.
The taste is stony, tight and high with notes of sweet/sour cherries, tobacco, fir wood, spices and tiles. The finish goes on and on. Great wine. 7+ years.
94p   (tasted 2018/11)

2013 Barolo Sorrano
The Sorrano is a dream. The nose is deep and refined with notes of perfectly ripe cherries, sand, ripe red apples, bonfire smoke, rosehips and asphalt. Soooo fine.
The taste is pure, racy and refined with notes of bonfire smoke, ripe cherries, licorice, forest floor and incense. Very concentratet yet balanced and energetic. 10+ years.
95p   (tasted 2018/11)

2013 Barolo Coste & Bricco
The Coste & Bricco comes from the highest part of the Sorrano vineyard. The nose is very pure and refined with notes of hard cherry candy, warm sand, bonfire and rosehips. Very tight and focused.
The taste is handsome and elegant with a very pure cherry fruit and additional notes of dry licorice, tobacco, sand, rosehips and furniture polish. The finish goes on for minutes. Tighter than than the Sorrano. Wait at least 10 years. The 2010 tasted here.
94p   (tasted 2018/11)

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