Thursday 21 October 2021

Barolo Boys In Session - The Baroli

Here are the Baroli we tasted at the first Barolo Boys session in a long time. Part one here. All tasted double blind.

1978 Barolo Riserva Castellare, Fratelli Barale
A deep, mature, somewhat monolithic nose with notes of forest floor, dried cherries, bakelite, orange peel and tiles. Very good in its sturdy style.
The taste is seedy and dry with notes of asphalt, coffee powder, dried cherries and mushrooms. Very good in a foursquare way.
86p   (tasted 2021/08)

1971 Barolo Riserva Speciale, Dosio
I have had some wines from Dosio and never been impressed, but this bottle shined. The nose is deep and mature with fine notes of atumn leaves, dried strawberries, pipe tobacco and rosehips. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and finely tuned with notes of mushrooms, dried strawberries, dried flowers and asphalt. Long and fine.
91p   (tasted 2021/08)

1961 Barolo Riserva Speciale, Marchesi Villadoria
A fine, round nose with lots of undergrowth and additional notes of cold coffee, earth and assorted dried red berries. A fine dried up warmth.
The taste is mature and dry with notes of dried red currants, cold coffee, gravel, rosehips, old leather and canned mushrooms. A good structure. Mature but not overly so. Very, very good.
87p   (tasted 2021/08)

2017 Barolo, Marengo
A deep, forward nose with notes of ripe red cherries, licorice, moist earth and dark flowers. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and intense with notes of ripe red cherries, violets, fresh herbs and licorice. Very long and distinct. Will evolve nicely. Lovely.
92p   (tasted 2021/08)

2010 Barolo, Aurelio Settimo
A high, fine nose with notes of red cherries, shoe polish, earth and dried flowers. A hint of maturity. Very, very good.
The taste is pure and fine with notes of hard cherry candy, violets, forest floor and dry tobacco. Long and fine. 5+ years.
91p   (tasted 2021/08)

2017 Barolo Del Commune di Serralunga, Luigi Pira
A very fine, earthy nose with notes of strawberries, glue, asphalt, smoke and undergrowth. A very own, deep and structured nose.
The taste is tight, intense and seedy with notes of dried red cherries, wild strawberries, iron and forest floor. Very long and intense. Lovely. 4+ year.
92p   (tasted 2021/08)

2004 Barolo Sorí Ginestra, Conterno Fantino
Oouch! There is lots to like here in the shape of ripe fruit, a firm structure and a hint of maturity. But there is a oak layer over everything. I have one bottle of this in my cellar, I will wait 10+ years and cross my fingers...
80p   (tasted 2021/08)

2016 Barolo Paiagallo, Giovanni Canonica
A brilliant wine. The nose is deep and hauntingly beautiful with notes of hard cherry candy, shoe polish, dried roses and asphalt. 
The taste is rich and multi layered with notes of sweet/sour cherries, licorice, asphalt and fir wood. The lenght is counted in minutes. Of course a youngster, drink now or in 10+ years.
95p   (tasted 2021/08)

2017 Barolo Bricco dell Viole, Marengo
A deep, velvety nose with notes of forest floor, raspberries, licorice and a hint of tobacco. And violets of course!
The taste is young, tight and complex with a fine warmth and notes of raspberry jam, gravel, tobacco and rosehips. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2021/08)

2017 Barolo Brunate, Marengo
A fantastic nose with notes of cherry licorice, Christmas spices, rosehips and dried raspberries, High, pure and intense. 
The taste is tight and focused with taut tannins, gorgeous fruit and a finish that goes on and on and on. Great stuff! 8+ years.
94p   (tasted 2021/08)

2017 Barolo Margheria, Luigi Pira
A very deep, earthy nose with notes of ripe raspberries, bakelite, dark flowers and asphaltt. Rich and complex. Very fine.
The taste is broad and steady with notes of raspberry licorice, asphalt, ink and earth. A tough elegance. Very, very long. Lovely. 10+ years.
94p   (tasted 2021/08)

2017 Barolo Marenca, Luigi Pira
A young, taut nose with notes of hard cherry candy, rsoehips, scorched earth and bakelite. A tad restrained but there is lot of depth here.
The taste is tight and concentrated with chewable tannins and notes of hard cherry candy, asphalt and rosehips. Very long. 12+ years.
93p   (tasted 2021/08)

2017 Barolo Vigna Rionda, Luigi Pira
As usual, Gianpaolos´s Vigna Rionda is a masterpiece. There is power, there is intensity, there is layers upon layers of the finest fruit and it is all held together by a wonderful refinement. Just brilliant. 10+ years.
97p   (tasted 2021/08)

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