Sunday, 13 October 2019

A Couple Of Days In Piedmont - Visits To Cascina Del Monastero & Mauro Molino

This is the second part of my last day in Piedmont, with reports from two great visits in La Morra.

Cascina del Monastero
Tasting with Loris Grasso is like taking a roller coast ride. A very fun one. And very intense and mind boggling. His energy level is of the charts and he wants to communicate everything at once. What a visit! One of the most memorable, ever. And the wines! I´ll be back.

2016 Barolo Riserva Bricco Rocca
When walking through the cellar, Loris took a sample from a cask and made me guess... The nose has a wonderful sweet/sour cherry fruit alongside deep notes of undergrowth, rosehips and paint. Just lovely.
The taste is handsome and balanced with silky cherry fruit and notes of chrushed rocks, parsnips and violets. This is a stunner in the making.
~94p   (tasted 2019/08)

2015 Dolcetto d´Alba
Back at the tasting room, the first wine poured was this Dolcetto with a deep nose with lots of violets, blueberries and sun warm rocks. A fine concentration.
The taste is tight and finely tuned with a very nice blueberry and cranberry fruit alongside notes of dusty earth and dry tobacco. Lots of character.
88p   (tasted 2019/08)

2016 Langhe Rosso Sarset
100% Merlot! 3.000 bt made. It has a high, pure, flowery nose with notes of ripe plums, clay and a hint of dark chocolate. Very deep and fine.
The taste is deep and spicy with notes of plums, Christmas spices and dark chocolate. Very long and intense. Lovely.
92p   (tasted 2019/08)

2013 Barbera d´Alba Superiore Leprié
The grapes comes from Perno. The nose shows a low keyed warmth with notes of raspberries, rhubarb, licorice and wam sand. Very, very good.
The taste is fruity and fine with notes of raspberry licorice, scorched earth and smoke. Very long, juicy and fine.
90p   (tasted 2019/08)

2013 Barbera d´Alba Superiore Parocco
Very deep and sumptuous, this young Barbera is impressive, with a tight, concentrated nose with notes of fried herbs, ripe raspberries, Finnish licorice and tobacco. Very fine.
The taste is tight and complex with stunning fruit, a gorgeous balance, a very fine acidity and a length that is counted in minutes. Impressive.
93p   (tasted 2019/08)

2012 Langhe Nebbiolo Monastero
A cool, fine nose with notes of undergrowth, red cherries and dry tobacco. Laid back and very good.
The taste is structured and fine with notes of dried cherries, violets and forest floor. A hint of maturity. Very, very good.
88p   (tasted 2019/08)

2012 Barolo Perno
A deep, ripe nose with notes of mushrooms, rosehips, violets and furniture polish. Very fine.
The taste is tight and fine with notes of sweet roses, sweet red cherries, minerals and dry tobacco. Very deep, long and fine. Silky tannins. 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/08)

2009 Barolo Rocche dell´Annunziata
A deep, wonderful nose with a incipient maturity and notes of forest floor, tiles, dried strawberries and veal stock. Multi layered and very fine.
The taste is silky and balanced with gorgeous red fruit and additional notes of dried flowers, paint and warm tiles. The finish goes on and on. Great wine. 4+ years.
94p   (tasted 2019/08)

2011 Barolo Bricco Luciani
A tight, perky nose with notes of red cherries, asphalt, herbs and roships. Very deep. Savoury.
The taste is long and luscious with notes of hard cherry candy, gravel, mushrooms and herbs. A very fine tannin structure. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/08)

2009 Barolo Riserva Bricco Rocca
A stunning nose that soars up from the glass with notes of ripe red cherries, mushrooms, roses, violets and dry licorice. Very, very deep. Beautiful.
The taste is broad and rich but oooh so refined and detailed, with gorgeous notes of ripe cherries, tobacco, mushrooms and tiles. The finish goes in for over a minute. Truly fine. 6+ years.
95p   (tasted 2019/08)

2011 Barolo Riserva Bricco Rocca Riund
The 11 Bricco Rocca is even better than the 09 with added focus and delineation. The fruit is perfect, the balance is perfect, the tannins are polished with the finest cloth, the finish is looooong and the overall assessment is that of a spine tingling wine. I need plenty of this. 8+ years.
96p   (tasted 2019/08)

2013 Barolo Bricco Luciani
Loris opened two bottles of the 13 Luciani, one bottled in 2017 and the other one in 2018. There are differences between them and today I prefer the 2018 bottling, the ripe cherry fruit is deeper, rounder and appears more sweet. There are aslo notes of Finnish licorice, undergrowth and tobacco in both wines.
The taste is also better from the 2018 bottling, again, the fruit comes across as sweeter and more harmonious. Very long with juicy tannins. Either bottling should be cellared for 8+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/08)

Father & Son - Giuseppe & Loris
The damage...

Mauro Molino
This estate produce 120.000 bt/year. Matteo and Martina runs this 14 ha winery which was founded  by their father in 1982.
Sara welcomed me, showed me the cellar and poured these fine wines.

2018 Langhe Dolcetto
A light, juicy nose with notes of ripening blueberries, gravel and iron. Very good.
The taste is cool and spicy with notes of blueberries, cranberries, chrushed warm rocks and thyme. Fine, silky tannins.
87p   (tasted 2019/08)

2017 Barbera d´Alba Legattere
An open, fruity nose with notes of sweet lingonberries, sage, Finnish licorice and a hint of mint. Very, very good.
The taste is structured and fine with notes of rhubarb, salt licorice, warm tiles and herbs. Very long. Really fine.
92p   (tasted 2019/08)

2018 Langhe Nebbiolo
A high, purne nose with notes of ripe red cherries, dry tobacco, earth and rosehips. Very, very good.
The taste is racy, light and fine with notes of hard cherry candy, herbs, tobacco and some dried strawberries at the back of the taste. Medium long. 3+ years.
89p   (tasted 2019/08)

2015 Barolo 
The 15 Normale oozes up from the glass with fine scents of moist earth, ripe strawberries, rosehips and dried mushrooms. Very, very good.
The taste is finely tuned and elegant with notes of licorice, forest floor, fir wood and strawberries. Long and lingering. A very fine classic Barolo. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/08)

2015 Barolo Gallinotto
A deep, tight nose with notes of chrushed cherries, mint, rhubarb licorice and earth. Very interesing, open and direct. Great fruit here.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of ripe cherries, dark licorice, forest floor and Finnish licorice. The finnish is long and structured. Great stuff! 8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/08)

2014 Barolo Bricco Luciani
A handsome, low keyed nose is offered up from the glass, with notes of wild strawberries, wet asphalt, herbs and a hint of new leather. Very handsome.
The taste is elegant and racy with notes of dried strawberries, herbs, asphalt and rosehips. A fine, long, refined finish. 4+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/08)

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