Thursday 15 August 2019

Not So Long Overdue Notes - The Barolo Boys Visits Sergio Giudice & Renato Corino

Sergio Giudice
Everyone that have visited Centro Storico for lunch or dinner and parked their car just below the towering castle, have surely noticed a small window just opposite the parking spots, that have bottles of Dolcetto, Barbera and Barolo, with animals on the label, on display.
But has anyone ever gone in? The Barolo Boys now have, after passing the small tasting room/shop a zillion times.
We were meet by the most charming, eldery couple that greeted us like old friends. Some language problems were sorted out by hand gestures, notes on a piece of paper and the common love for the region and the wines.

2017 Dolcetto d´Alba
A fresh, herbal nose with notes of ripening blueberries, dry licorice and gravel. A good structure.
The taste is cool and fine with notes of blueberry licorice, gravel and dried flowers. Some perky tannins. A tad short.
85p   (tasted 2018/12)

The current winemaker, their son, was borned in 1964 (The Greatest Vintage Ever!)
2016 Barbera d´Alba
A good warmth on the nose with notes of ripe raspberries, scorched earth and some meat stock aromas.
The taste is tighter than the nose leads on, with notes of dried up raspberry jam, warm tiles and bonfire smoke. A good acidity.
85p   (tasted 2018/12)

2017 Langhe Nebbiolo
A fine, cherry laden nose with additional notes of bay leaves, licorice, rosehips and earth. Very good.
The taste is seedy and fine with notes of iron, ripe cherries and dry licorice. Medium long and fine.
87p   (tasted 2018/12)

2014 Barolo 
The 14 Barolo offers up a fine nose with lots of undergrowth, dried red berries and some balsamic notes.
The taste is old school structured with steady tannins and a fine cranberry/cherry fruit. A long, sandy finish. 5+ years.
88p   (tasted 2018/12)

Renato Corino
My first visit to Renato Corino. I have previously visited Giovanni Corino.

2017 Dolcetto d´Alba
A fruity, fine nose with notes of raspberries and blueberries, licorice and Asian spices. Fresh.
The taste is lightly peppery with fine notes of blueberries, sandelwood and spices. Perky tannins. Very, very good.
89p   (tasted 2018/12)

2017 Barbera d´Alba
An open, large scaled nose with notes of blackberry jam, salt licorice, smoke and moist earth. A bit rough around the edges.
The taste is big and brawny with notes of scorched earth, fried bay leaves and cherry jam. A long, warm finish that lacks some energy.
85p   (tasted 2018/12)

2016 Barbera d´Alba Pozzo
The Pozzo displays a big, lush nose with notes of dark perfume, cooked strawberries, ripe cherries and chocolate mousse. All over the place but keeps things together all the same. Highly likeable.
The taste is big, tight and complex with a multitude of flavours, a stern structure and a very long finish with a fine acidity. Not for the fainthearted but very, very fine.
91p   (tasted 2018/12)

2017 Langhe Nebbiolo
A deep, fine nose with notes of Christmas spices, ripe red cherries and some tobacco leaves. A tad withdrawn but has a fine character.
The taste is young and tight with notes of red cherries, asphalt and some green pepper notes. Long and fine. 3+ years.
88p   (tasted 2018/12)

2014 Barolo del Comune di La Morra
An open, fine nose with notes of dried strawberries, earth, rosehips and a hint of iodine.
The taste is medium bodied with notes of violets, earth, dried strawberries and spices. Delicate tannins. Very, very good. 3+ years.
88p   (tasted 2018/12)

2015 Barolo Arborina
The 15 Arborina has a deep, lovely nose with notes of mushrooms, fir wood, red cherries and allspice. A fine intensity.
The taste is structured and fine with notes of red and black cherries, licorice, spices and rosehips. Very long and fine.  6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2018/12)

Renato himself!

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