Sunday, 2 February 2020

The Barolo Boys In Piedmont - Visits To Giulia Negri, Franco Conterno & Cascina Adelaide

The Barolo Boys descends yet again upon Piedmont. The prime objective this time was to take part of Grandi Langhe - the first showing (with Nebbiolo Prima just days before) of the new vintages of Barolo and Barbaresco.
2016 for Barolo and 2017 for Barbaresco. A report on the 2016 Barolo vintage will come shortly. But we also took the time to visit some estates before Grandi Langhe.

Giulia Negri
We drove up to the highest vineyards in La Morra where the Serradenari estate lies. Alessia met up with us and showed the surroundings, the cellar and poured these fine wines. At Grandi Langhe we met up with Giulia and Alessia and tasted the 2016.
I had previously tasted the 2010 & 2013 Tartufaia.


2017 Barbera d´Alba
An open fruity nose with notes of warm earth, raspberries, herbs and clay. Very, very good.
The taste is fresh and fine with notes of raspberry licorice, dark chocolate and undergrowth. A fine warmth.
88p   (tasted 2020/01)



2017 Langhe Nebbiolo
A nice, cool nose with notes of Christmas spices, cranberries and violet pastilles. Very good.
The taste is seedy and fresh with a light structure and notes of red currants, earth and violets. Cool, sandy tannins.
86p   (tasted 2020/01)

2015 Barolo La Tartufaia
The 15 Tartufaia displays a fine, delicate nose with notes of wild strawberries, forest floor and rosehips. High and fine.
The taste is young and sandy with notes of dried strawberries, fresh mushrooms and dry licorice. Refined and fine. 5+ years.
91p   (tasted 2020/01)



2014 Barolo Serradenari
An open, kind of fleeting nose with notes of red cherries, flower water and dry licorice. A hint of VA.
The taste is seedy and a tad rough around the edges with notes of hard cherry candy, earth and dry herbs. Medium long. For drinking now.
86p   (tasted 2020/01)



2012 Barolo Tartufaia
A deep and a tad meaty nose with notes of cooked cherries, a mushroom forest and rosehips. A fine depth. Chrushed rocks. Very, very good.
The taste is warm and fine with a hint of maturity and notes of asphalt, cooked cherries and licorice. A long finish with a fine warmth. 3+ years.
90p   (tasted 2020/01)



Franco Conterno
My first visit to this estate, which has its name on the label - Cascina Sciulun. Alessia was a gracious host, informed us about the estate and the wines, we had a great time!

2018 Dolcetto d´Alba
A deep, dark nose with notes of blueberries, smoke and scorched earth. A fine warmth.
The taste is dark and fruity with notes of ripe black cherries, blueberries, smoke and warm herbs. Long and fine. Very, very good.
89p   (tasted 2020/01)


2017 Barbera d´Alba Superiore
A deep, juicy nose with notes of smoky raspberries, melted asphalt and fir wood. Very fine.
The taste is generous and tight with notes of salt liocorice, ripe raspberries and fresh herbs. Very well balanced.
90p   (tasted 2020/01)

2017 Langhe Nebbiolo
An open nose with a fine warmth and notes of black cherries, Christmas spices and tar. A fine warmth. Very, very good.
The taste is juicy and fresh with notes of ripe cherries, asphalt and sweet violets. A long, structured finish. 4+ years.
90p   (tasted 2020/01)



2015 Barolo Pietrin
The Pietrin comes from three vineyards - Pugnane, Panerole and Bussia - and shows a old school, somewhat restrained nose with notes of forest floor, mushrooms and red currants.
The taste is steady and fine with some rough tannins and notes of sweet/sour cherries, mushrooms and violets. Long and fine. 6+ years.
90p   (tasted 2020/01)


2015 Barolo Panerole
A fine, sandy nose with notes of smoke, black cherries, licorice and red ski wax. Very deep and fine.
The taste is seedy and elegant with notes of ripe cherries, mushrooms and dark flowers. A very fine mouthfeel. Balanced. Lovely. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2020/01)




2013 Barolo Riserva Bussia
A cool, refined nose with notes of hard cherry candy, mushrooms, orange peel and forest floor. High and pure. Very deep and fine.
The taste is restrained and racy with notes of red cherries, dried wild strawberries and iron. Very structured tannins. Long and intense. Needs at least 8 more years in the cellar.
92p   (tasted 2020/01)

2018 Nascetta
To freshen up our taste buds, Alessia opened this charmer. A fine, spicy nose with notes of white pepper, chalk and fine floral scents. Very good.
The taste is fruity and direct with notes of white pepper, passionfruit and gravel. Light, juicy and fine.
87p   (tasted 2020/01)


Cascina Adelaide
On the early hours of a Sunday, we drove to Barolo and met up with Simone, who gave us a tour of the cellar, spoke enthusiastic about the wines and showed us a great time!
Besides the wines below we also tasted 2017 Baudana and Fossati from cask, and as below I prefered the Fossati, fine wines in the making.



2016 Barolo Cannubi
A deep, spicy nose with notes of cherry licorice, rosehip and gravel. A fine round character. A fine warmth.
The taste is young and tight with notes of ripe red cherries, minerals and rosehip. Rough tannins. Long and very fine. 6+ years.
90p   (tasted 2020/01)



2016 Barolo Baudana
Deep, seedy and concentrated on the nose with notes of asphalt, ripe cherries, spice and a hint of burnt meat. Very fine.
The taste is restrained and taut with notes of dry licorice, cherries, iron and minerals. A long, strict finish. Will turn out great after 8+ years in the cellar.
92p   (tasted 2020/01)

2016 Barolo Fossati
The Fossati oozes up from the glass with notes of dried up cherry jam, licorice, asphalt and wet rust. Very deep and very fine.
The taste is tight and intense with notes of ripe black cherries, rosehip, Finnish licorice and asphalt. Long, dense and promising. Very, very fine. 8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2020/01)



2015 Barolo Cannubi
The 15 Cannubi displays a more open and warm nose, consistent with the vintage, compared to the 16. Fine notes of ripe cherries, sugared coffee, violets and some bonfire scents. Very, very good.
The taste is concentrated and fine with notes of cooked cherries, rosehip and scorched earth. A long finish with a fine warmth. 5+ years.
90p   (tasted 2020/01)

2013 Barolo Riserva Per Elen
A blend from two vineyards, 70% Cannubi and 30% Baudana that spends two year in wood and three years in bottle. The nose is big and rather outgoing with a lovely notes of strawberry licorice, hot gravel, dried flowers and forest floor. Very deep.
The taste is rich and concentrated with notes of assorted dried red fruits, dry licorice, mushrooms and rosehip. An old scool finesse. Very, very long. Great wine. 6+ years.
95p   (tasted 2020/01)



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