Thursday 15 February 2024

The Barolo Boys In Piedmont - A Visit To Umberto Fracassi

Yet again I find myself in the center of Cherasco, ready to meet the charming Umberto and tasting his wines. I visited him last year - Barolista: A Couple Of Days in Piedmont - Visit To Umberto Fracassi - and had one of most memorable visits ever - Barolista: The Ten Most Memorable Wines Of 2023.

I have tasted an older vintage from the estate - Barolista: 1962 Barolo, Marchese Fracassi di Torre Rossano.

2022 Langhe Nascetta
A cool, grassy nose with notes of gravel, basil and white currants. Fresh and fine.
The taste is pure and seedy with notes of grass, white pepper and chives. Very good.
87p   (tasted 2024/01)

2022 Langhe Favorita
A stony, herbal nose with notes of dry tangerine, gravel and smoke.
The taste is fresh and dry with notes of orange, minerals and smoke. 
86p   (tasted 2024/01)

2019 Barbera d´Alba Superiore Ciabot Contessa
A warm, spicy nose with notes of raspberries, scorched earth and candle grease. Very, very good.
The taste is bold and beautiful with a fine mouthfeel, a high acidity and a long finish. 
91p   (tasted 2024/01)

2021 Langhe Nebbiolo
A medium deep, nice nose with notes of licorice, cherries and Langhe earth.
The taste is nicely structured with notes of cherries, violets and forest floor. Polished tannins. 4+ years.
88p   (tasted 2024/01)

2019 Barolo Mantoetto
A deep, complex nose with notes of hard cherry candy, Christmas spices, rosehips and forest floor. Very fine.
The taste is young and delicate with notes of cherries, rosehips, spices and earth. Elegant. 8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2024/01)

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