Friday, 21 July 2017

2014 Il Nito, La Rifra

Found this in a Enoteca in Sirnione and he owner recommended it. With some Italian delicatessen it rather overpowered them, except for the stronger cheeses.

2014 Il Nito, La Rifra
This Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Marzemino blend shows of a deep, compact, sweet nose with notes of plums, blackberries, violets and scorched earth. Large scaled and dense. Very, very good.
The taste is bold and taut with lots of sweet black fruits, some oaky notes and additional notes of  sweet violets, rubber and dark chocolate. Very long, warm and rich. Definitely not for the 11% Trosseau drinking crowd. I like it.
89p   (tasted 2017/07)

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Summer Reading!

These books will accompany me on our vacation. What are you reading this summer?



Monday, 17 July 2017

Domenico Clerico - RIP

We all got the news today that one of the great Barolistas, Domenico Clerico, has passed away.
Sadly I have meet him only once, when we visited the estate some 8 years back. He just came by and greated us but he couldn´t stay since he had a toothache. Or at least that what we thought he said in some Piedmontese dialect. :-)

I have loved his wines for many years (some notes from previous bottles are below).
Tonight I open this youngster in honour of his memory. He will be missed.

2008 Barolo Pajana, Domenico Clerico
With a couple of hours breathing time this wine reveals lovely aromas of rosehips, sweet/sour cherries, red tea, hard cherry candy and a hint of mint. Very, very fine.
The taste is tight, taut and still young with the feeling of chewing on cherry pips, alongside notes of dry licorice, forest floor, dried roses and some flowers in the background. A very fine length with some finely polished tannins showing themselves in the end. Gorgeous now but will be even better with 6+ years in the cellar. Glad I have more.
93p   (tasted 2017/07)


1990 Ciabot Mentin Ginestra & Pajana
1996 Percristina
1996 Ciabot Mentin Ginestra & 1999 Percristina
1999 Pajana
1999 Ciabot Mentin Ginestra & Percristina
1996, 1998 & 2001 Pajana & 2001 Ciabot Mentin Ginestra
2004 Pajana
2010 Ciabot Mentin

Saturday, 15 July 2017

A Mini Vertical Of Barolo Rocche Di Gastiglione, Giovanni Sordo

Bought these bottles recently and thought I should have a go at them to see if I wanted to order more.

Rocche di Castiglione lies both in Castiglione Falletto (88%) and in Monforte (12%). The vineyard is 16,33 ha in overall surface but only 51% is under vines.
According to Alessandro Masnaghetti, Rocche di Castiglione is "one of the most prestigious (cru´s) of the entire Barolo appellation" and even though that there are shifts in the soil composition the wines from here "share a common style based on finesse and fragrance".

Info about Giovanni Sordo here.
I have only tasted two wines from Sordo before, the 64 and 78, and especially the 78 was a great bottle of wine.
These were tasted over the course of three days.


2008 Barolo Riserva Rocche di Castiglione, Giovanni Sordo
The 08 Riserva is a ultra traditional wine, with a sturdy, sometimes grumpy character, but when you get beneath the grumpiness, there is pleasure to be had.
The nose is deep and restrained with notes of cranberries, undergrowth, rosehips, diesel oil, ski wax and old leather - there is lots going on here. And its stays pretty much the same from day to day.
The taste is taut and dry with notes of hard lingonberry candy (if there is such a thing...), roses, dry herbs, minerals and old coffee grounds. The tannins gives a good grip and support. Ends dry and fine. Very, very good in a traditional way. Will probably go on for 20+ years.
91p   (tasted 2017/07)

2010 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione, Giovanni Sordo
A deep, refined, old school nose with notes of dried cherries, paint, roses en masse and a hint of hot asphalt. Very fine. Evolves at a snails pace over the three days.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of dried strawberries, herbs, roses, mushrooms and dry licorice. The finish is over a minute long and displays some broad shouldered tannins. This will keep for ages, give it at least 8+ years.
92p   (tasted 2017/07)

2013 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione, Giovanni Sordo
The 2013 has a high, pure, deceptively light nose with notes of rosehips, sweet lingonberries, gravel and dried flowers. Energetic and fine, just in line with the vintage. Day two lots of dried wild strawberries emerge. Very, very good.
The taste is dry and balanced with notes of lingonberries, forest floor, rosehips and a hint of dry tobacco. A high, pure acidity. Very promising. Behaved principally the same over the course of three days.
91p   (tasted 2017/07)

Friday, 14 July 2017

Three Bottles Of Riesling

These were tasted during Midsummer.

1998 Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese, Dönnhoff
A finely matured nose with notes of candied lemons, sun warm rocks, petrol and a hint of shellfish stock. Very, very good.
The taste is mature and fine with notes of dry lemon fudge, earth, rubber and minerals. A long finish that ends almost completely dry.
90p   (tasted 2017/06)



2015 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese, Willi Schaefer
A young, fresh, perky nose with notes of grey pears, grass, elderberries and lots of chrushed rocks. Pure, inviting and salivating. Really fine.
The taste is pure like a mountain river with gorgeous notes of ginger, grey pears, lime and some salty notes. Very fine. A great acidity. Long and lingering. Will have a long life ahead of itself if I can keep my hands from the remaining bottles...
93p   (tasted 2017/06)

2007 Kiedrich Gräfenberg Riesling Auslese, Robert Weil
From a half bottle. The nose is velvety, rich and semi sweet with notes of pine apple, birch sap, spunge cake and sweet minerals. Very deep and fine.
The taste is big and concentrated with lots of pine apple, ripe blood grape and sugared yellow apples. There also notes of cap gun smoke and pickled ginger. Complex and fine. A long finish that ends semi dry. Lovely.
93p   (tasted 2017/06)



Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The 1th Of July - Madeira Day - NV Madeira Demi-Sec Camara De Lobos, A. Deleyto

On the 1th of July "Dia da Madeira" - Madeira day - is celebrated. Why not open a bottle?

NV Madeira Demi-Sec Camara de Lobos, A. Deleyto
Opened and decanted two days prior to tasting. The nose is a bit subdued with notes of toasted almonds, band aid, dried figs, autumn leaves and some dry nougat. Some dried up sweetness. Not that deep. Good though.
The taste is medium bodied with assorted dried fruits alongside notes of fried nuts, gasoline, rubber and moist earth. A good acidity but the stuffing isn´t really up to par. Has kept the same over the course of a week.
83p   (tasted 2017/07)


Monday, 10 July 2017

The Barolo Boys In Piedmont - A Sunny Sunday In Nebbiolo Land




Sunday - a day for reflection, taking it easy and philosophize over the meaning of life.

Not for The Barolo Boys! More wines to be tasted and drunk, more wine growers to visit and more impression to savour, this last full day in Piedmont.

First we head to Luigi Pira and meet up with Gianpaolo, tasting the 13 Baroli and started to convince him to bottle the 14´s, more on that below.

Disclaimer - the importer of Marengo and Luigi Pira to Sweden (Origo Wines) are friends of mine and co founders of The illustrious Barolo Boys. I, however, have no financial interests in these wines, I just call them as I see them.

Luigi Pira
2016 Dolcetto d´Alba
The Dolcetto is a charmer with a young, perky nose full of ripe lingonberries, some blueberries, undergrowth and gravel. Salivating. Very fine.
The taste is upfront and juicy with notes of violets, sweet lingonberries and warm bricks. Energetic and racy. Very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2017/05)




2015 Barbera d´Alba
A warm, fruity nose with notes of Maraschino cherries, violets, asphalt and smoke. Deep and very fine.
The taste is seedy and tight with notes of dark raspberries, smoke, asphalt and a touch of tobacco. Very long and warm. Very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2017/05)

2015 Langhe Nebbiolo
A spicy, tight nose with notes of red cherries, rose petals, earth and perfume. Somewhat restrained. Very good.
The taste is taut and cool with notes of ripe red cherries, gravel, rosehips and mushrooms. A long, fine finish.
91p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barolo Serralunga
Yet another great Normale from 2013. The nose is pure and vigorous with notes of sweet/sour cherries, warm sand, ski wax and dried strawberries. Handsome and fine.
The taste is young and tight with notes of fresh cherries, gravel, rosehips and licorice. A long, intense finish. Very, very good.
92p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barolo Margheria
The Margheria is a beauty! The nose is pure and concentrated with notes of ripe cherries, dried strawberries, smoke and licorice. Very deep and refined.
The taste is taut and focused with notes of ripe black cherries, licorice, dried flowers and smoke. A very long, balanced finish. Really fine.
94p   (tasted 2017/05)


2013 Barolo Marenca
The Marenca is even better with a brilliant, dark, pure nose with notes of dark raspberries, leather, licorice and forest floor. A deep, beautifully perfumed scent. Just lovely.
The taste is structured yet creamy in a way with gorgeous dark fruit, silky tannins and a finish that goes on for over a minute. Great wine.
95p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barolo Vigna Rionda
What can I say but the best of the lot! The nose is hauntingly deep and complex with stunning notes of violets, strawberries, dark licorice, gravel and rosemary. An impressive depth.
The taste is deep, concentrated and multi layered with notes of sweet/sour cherries, raspberry licorice, earth, violets and dried flowers. Power and elegance in a great package. Just stunning!
97p   (tasted 2017/05)

The view from Luigi Pira´s tasting room

Then the fun really began! Gianpaolo had said the day before at dinner that he probably wouldn´t bottle the single vineyards in 2014 and instead just do a Normale with a blend from them.

No, no, we said - not before we get a chance to taste them! Then we decide for you!

We got four glasses poured blind, knowing that they were cask samples of the 2014´s, the Serralunga and the three cru´s, but we were not told the order - that we had to figure out.

2014 Barolo ?
Ok then, the first glass. A cool, spicy, fresh nose with notes of ripe lingonberries, herbs, licorice and a fine perfumed scent. Very, very good.
The taste is linear and fine with notes of hard cherry candy, licorice, gravel and lots of silky tannins. Long and lingering. Really good. This has to be bottled! What it is? I´m guessing Margheria and lo and behold, it is! I am of to a good start! (which ended fast...). Again, this must be bottled!
93p   (tasted 2017/05

2014 Barolo ?
The next glass offers up a warm, smoky nose with notes of dark cherries, leather, warm rocks and rosehips. Somewhat sturdy at this point.
The taste is taut and structured with broad shouldered tannins and dark cherry fruit alongside notes of leather, raspberry licorice and gravel. The most backward of the samples and I guess Vigna Rionda. But no, it is Marenca. A very good wine, but a bit ungainly at the moment.
89p   (tasted 2017/05)




2014 Barolo ?
The third glass has deep, enticing aromas of red and black cherries, leather, rosehips and a balsamic fine note. Very, very good.
The taste is low keyed but very good with notes of raspberry licorice, earth, quinine and dried roses. A medium long finish with sappy tannins. I´m guessing the Serralunga on this but it is in fact the Vigna Rionda. Oops...
91p   (tasted 2017/05)

2014 Barolo ?
The last glass is alongside the first the best one. The nose is refined and perfumed with notes of black cherries, tobacco, rich soil and rosehips. Very deep and fine.
The taste is young, earthy and broad with notes of ripe black cherries, violets, tobacco and a hint of dark chocolate. Very long and fine with energetic tannins. This has to be the Vigna Rionda?! But as you have figured out by now, it is the Serralunga... Again, this must be bottled as it is! I will buy! A lot!
93p   (tasted 2017/05)

2014 Barolo "The Blend"
After this interesting tasting we were presented with a fifth glass - a blend of the cru´s and the Serralunga. This is what Gianpaola is thinking of bottling if we haven´t changed his mind...
And this is good, mind you. The nose is deep and focused with perfumed cherry fruit and notes of smoke, roses, violets and a hint of tobacco. Very, very good.
The taste is firm and concentrated with notes of harc cherry candy, licorice, forest floor and rosehips. A long, tight finish with ripe tannins. This is a very good blend, maybe Gianpoalo is on to something...
92p   (tasted 2017/05)


Back at Centro Storico - what to choose...?
After the Pira visit we headed to our luncheon hang out - Centro Storico!

2015 Langhe Nebbiolo
We didn´t get to taste the Langhe Nebbiolo when we visited Fabio, so we thought we would try it out now. The nose is high, spicy and fresh with notes of strawberries, iron, earth and roses. Very fine.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of red cherries, earth, dried strawberries and a lightly smoky note. A very fine acidity. Very fine.
91p   (tasted 2017/05)




After a usual good time with Alessio we headed to Ceretto where Selena meet up with us, showed us the cellar and then let us have a really good time in her company and with the fantastic wines of Ceretto. The tasting rooms are amazing with glass walls overlooking vineyards as long as you can see.

Selena 


2016 Monsordo Bianco
This Riesling sports a cool, fresh nose with notes of pear, wild flowers, melon and spices. Very good.
The taste is dry and cool with notes of dry peaches, pear and spices. A fine acidity. This is fine.
88p   (tasted 2017/05)



2014 Barbaresco Bernadot
A finely tuned nose full of ripe red cherries and additional notes of dark flowers, gravel, raspberry candy and moist earth. A fine spiciness. Very, very good.
The taste is seedy and tight with notes of juicy cherry fruit, sand, rosehips and earth. Long and fine.
91p   (tasted 2017/05)

2014 Barbaresco Asili
The Asili is a stunner, with a deep, flowery nose with notes of warm tiles, cherries, gravel and a hint of tobacco. Very deep and fine.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of ripe cherries, warm sand, spices and tar. A very long, juicy finish with a fine mix of tannins and acidity.
93p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barolo Brunate
A large scaled, deep nose with notes of spicy cherries, licorice, violets and a touch of mint. Some oak as well, playing a supporting role. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and complex with notes of mushrooms, raspberry licorice, violets and smoke. A long, lingering finish. Will turn out really fine with 5+ years in the cellar.
92p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barolo Prapo
The Prapo sports a deep, creamy nose with notes of ripe cherries, leather, earth and tobacco. Very deep and refined.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of ripe cherries, forest floor, tobacco and mushrooms. Juicy tannins. Very long and really fine.
94p   (tasted 2017/05)



2013 Barolo Bricco Rocche
A very deep, tight and refined nose with notes of paint, ripe red cherries, smoke, warm sand and tobacco leaves. Really lovely.
The taste is young, tight and structured with finely polished tannins and notes of ripe cherries, dried strawberries, licorice and tobacco. The finish goes on for minutes. Impressive!
96p   (tasted 2017/05)

2011 Barolo Brunate
Selena asked if we wanted to taste more? Oh yes, we modestly answered...
First out, the 11 Brunate, and this is absolutely stunning. The nose is deep, rounded and multi layered with notes of  a moist forest floor, fir, dried cherries, ceps and a hint of tooth paste. Very deep and fine.
The taste is refined and succulent with notes of sweet/sour cherries, undergrowth, mushrooms and fir wood. A long, long finish with sappy tannins. Still on the young side of things but I would drink it any day of the week.
95p   (tasted 2017/05)



2005 Barolo Bricco Rocche
Another Bricco Rocche? Yes, please! The 05 has a deep, tarry nose with notes of dried red plums, rosehips, earth and leather. Multi layered and very fine.
The taste is rich and sturdy with notes of dried black cherries, orange peel, warm sand and rosehips. The finish goes on for over a minute. Maturing, but needs some more years in the cellar.
93p   (tasted 2017/05)

2003 Barbaresco Bricco Asili
A big, warm nose with notes of sweet cherries, prunes, mushrooms and ripe flowers. A bit warm on the nose, in line with the vintage.
The taste is tighter but a tad linear with notes of dried cherries, rosehips, undergrowth and old leather. A long, warm finish. Very good but will not get any better.
88p   (tasted 2017/05)



Last dinner in Langhe and where to go but too La Coccinella!

NV Blanc de Blancs, Legras
A bottle of bubbly to start with. The nose is steely and fresh with notes of grass, peaches, white pepper and a hint of coffee powder. Very, very good.
The taste is juicy and racy with notes of lemon peel, cap gun smoke, dried flowers and grass. Elegant and fine. A very fine acidity. Lovely.
92p   (tasted 2017/05)


2010 Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra, Domenico Clerico
A large scaled, concentrated nose with notes of sweet cherries, tobacco, violets and moist undergrowth. Multi layered and luscious. Stunning.
The taste is tight and structured with notes of chocolate covered cherries, asphalt, dark flowers and tobacco. Very long and concentrated. Just lovely.
95p   (tasted 2017/05)



2011 Barolo Brunate, Giuseppe Rinaldi
The Rinaldi is laid back and cool with fine notes of ripening red cherries, licorice, dried flowers and roses. High and fine.
The taste is refined and a tad withdrawn with notes of dried cherries, tobacco, earth and a hint of band aid. Very, very good.
92p   (tasted 2017/05)

So ends the Sunday. Only a few hours left in Barolo land. As soon as I am on the plane I know I will yearn to go back...

Friday, 7 July 2017

2016 Seven Flags Chardonnay, Paul Cluver

2016 Seven Flags Chardonnay, Paul Cluver
A wonderful, deep, cool and spicy nose with notes of lemon cream, white flowers, passion fruit, flint and a touch of white pepper. Very complex and fine. Sun warm rocks. Luscious and very fine.
The taste is concentrated and creamy with notes of grilled lemons, white flowers, chalk, dry fudge and lots of chrushed rocks. A very fine acidity. This would hold its own in a lineup of Burgundy Grand Cru´s.
95p   (tasted 2017/07)



Wednesday, 5 July 2017

1999 Perlato Del Bosco, Tua Rita

1999 Perlato del Bosco, Tua Rita
This 100% Sangiovese shows of a deep, maturing nose with notes of black cherries, graphite, ripe flowers and dark spices. A fine sweetness to the fruit. Some lead pencil aromas after a while. Aking more to a Cabernet than a Sangiovese on the nose. Very, very good.
The taste is structured and sandy with notes of black cherries, fennel seeds, licorice and rosemary. Much more Sangiovese character on the palate. Long, warm and intense with a fine maturity. Very fine.
91p   (tasted 2017/05)



Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Just Bought

Some more bottles from the Produttori - there will be a large scale tasting some day...


Sunday, 2 July 2017

1947 Barolo, Marchesi di Barolo


This half bottle was drunk with other wines on Midsummer but deserves a post on its own. Bought a a couple of months ago, the bottle looked fine and the level was really good for this age. From one of the greatest vintages ever. Things was set up for a (hopefully) nice experience.

With fingers crossed I drew the cork, and what a cork!

The 1 inch cork to the left is from the Marchesi di Barolo bottle, the other is from a half bottle of 1958 Barbaresco

No decanting, just slowly pouring four glasses with a cristal clear, light red/orange liquid.
Putting our noses in the glasses there were smiles all around the table. This was the real thing.

1947 Barolo, Marchesi di Barolo
A poster child for an ethereal nose. High, intense and utterly gorgeous with notes of dried roses, forest floor, dried strawberries and ceps. A wonderful dried up sweetness. Really deep and fine. Aristocratic.
The taste is pure, velvety and intense with notes of dried roses, earth, rosehips, mushrooms and dried strawberries. Very long, very elegant and just lovely. The four of us who shared this bottle got more than an experience, we got a memory for life.
97p   (tasted 2017/06)


Saturday, 1 July 2017

1996, 2001 & 2008 Barbaresco Montersino, Orlando Abrigo


Montersino is a large vineyard, 81,25 ha. 61% of it actually lies in Alba where 39% is in Treiso. The Nebbiolo percentage is 33%. Orlando Abrigo´s part is in Treiso and was planted in 1970.

1996 Barbaresco Vigna Montersino, Orlando Abrigo
A deep, somewhat mature nose with juicy cherry fruit and notes of herbs, smoke and tobacco. A fine warmth to the fruit. Deep and fine.
The taste is round, velvety and fine with notes of dried cherries, raspberry licorice, earth and tobacco. Almost fully mature. Some sandy, soft tannins at the end of the finish. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2017/06)

2001 Barbaresco Vigna Montersino, Orlando Abrigo
The 01 has a lovely focused, deep, fresh nose with notes of ripe red cherries, undergrowth, rosehips and tobacco. Very deep. More sour/sweet cherries after a while. Very fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with a smidgen of maturity and notes of ripe red cherries, violets, forest floor, dried mushrooms and tobacco. A very long, distinct finish. Still on the young side of things, give it another 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2017/06)

2008 Barbaresco Montersino, Orlando Abrigo
A deep, dusty nose with notes of dried red berries, chalk, tobacco and rosehips. Somewhat withdrawn, even after some hours in the decanter. A fine warmth underneath though. Needs time.
The taste is restrained and taut with notes of hard cherry candy, rosehips, road dust and dry tobacco. A long, dry finish with noticable, well polished tannins. Will need 8+ years.
89p   (tasted 2017/06)

Thursday, 29 June 2017

2012 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, Casa Emma


I tasted this at a trade tasting a couple of months ago, liked it and wanted some more time with a bottle, or, in this case, a half bottle.

2012 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, Casa Emma
From a half bottle. A warm, spicy cherry nose with notes of leather, rosemary, wood smoke and sun warm rocks. Very fine. Some dark chocolate in the background. A fine warmth to the fruit.
The taste is young and tight with notes of hard cherry candy, smoke, licorice and dried herbs. A long, warm finish with velvety tannins and a snappy acidity. Drinking great alongside some grilled veal chops and a hearthy salad.
91p   (tasted 2017/06)


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

2015 Nine Yards Chardonnay, Jordan


2015 Nine Yards Chardonnay, Jordan
An open, spicy, smoky nose with notes of grilled lemons, wild flowers, cookie dough, chrushed rocks and peach. A fine depth. Young and perky. Very, very good. Again (see below), it reminds me of a P-M from a good producer.
The taste is racy and fine with notes of almond paste, lemon cream, flint and cap gun smoke. A long, dry finish with a fine acidity. For drinking now and the coming 8+ years. As good as the 2013the 2012 and the 2011!
92p   (tasted 2017/06)

Sunday, 25 June 2017

A Bottle Of Bubbly - 2008 Cuvée Paradis, Alfred Gratien

I have read good things about this 08, so I bought a bottle. More bottles will follow.

2008 Cuvée Paradis, Alfred Gratien
The nose is luscious, cool and chalky with notes of pickled ginger, white flowers, dried out passion fruit, wet asphalt and dry bread. Very deep and fine. A fine, savoury nose with a touch of salt.
The taste is cool, high-strung and refined with notes of lemon peel, ginger, sweet mineral and dried flowers. A long, steely, fine finish. This will age well. Lovely.
93p   (tasted 2017/06)


Thursday, 22 June 2017

The Barolo Boys In Piedmont - One Intense, Diligent, Nebbiolo Filled Saturday



The Friday was a lovely, easy going day, but the Saturday - oooh boy - 34 Baroli tasted, four wine grower visits, a wine show in La Morra and a dinner with two wine growers that stretched out into the night.

But The Barolo Boys soldier on!

First stop of the day - Altare. The human energizer bunny in the shape of Silvia Altare greats us with her three dogs and whisk us in the tasting room. She is, by her own account hangover from the night before. I´m just saying, I´m not even close having her energy level when I´m not in the least hangover...



Altare
2014 Langhe Larigi
This Barbera, from a difficukt year for that grape, is a lovely one. The nose is large scaled, open for business and yummy, with notes of cream cooked cherries, raspberry licorice and warm gravel.
The taste is round and generous with notes of Finnish licorice, dried raspberries, smoke and coconut chocolate. Long, pure and higly drinkable.
90p   (tasted 2017/05)



2014 Langhe Giàrborina
A new name for an old wine, since the bureaucrats in Rome have changed the rules of naming wines. Still a lovely wine though, with a nose filled with spices, strawberries, undergrowth and a hint of tobacco. Very fine.
The taste is tight, seedy and racy with notes of ripe red cherries, dried strawberries, fir and herbs. A long, distinct finish with a high acidity. Very, very good.
92p   (tasted 2017/05)

2014 Langhe La Villa
The La Villa is a 60% Barbera and 40% Nebbiolo blend and showcases a deep, elegant nose with notes of ripe black cherries, forest floor, spices and some dark chocolate scents. Very deep and fine.
The taste is sandy and fine with notes of red and black cherries, gravel, spices and tobacco. A long, taut finish. Very promising.
91p   (tasted 2017/05)



2013 Barolo Arborina
All of the the Baroli from the hands of Silvia are magical. The Arborina is a dream with its haunting nose of sour/sweet cherries, mushrooms, warm rocks, violets and spices. Multi layered and impressive.
The taste is young of course and at first a bit nervous but with a bit of swirling over the tongue lovely aromas of licorice, violets, dried wild strawberries and spices emerge. The finish goes on for over a minute. Really fine.
95p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barolo Unoperuno
Can a wine be too perfect? Maybe in the case of the Unoperuno. Grape per grape, hand picked, just the perfect ripe ones, not one underripe grape, not one overripe, no bugs, no stems, no nothing but perfectly ripe grapes from the Arborina vineyard. Everything done by hand. Just 1500 bottles with a 250 Euro price tag.
And the wine? Soooo fine. The nose is deep, profound and ethereal with a velvety character and notes of the most perfect cherries ever with some additional notes of leather, warm sand, mushrooms and rosehips. The focus and concentration is of the charts.
The taste is brilliantly pure and fine with notes of cool red cherries, licorice, warm rocks and expensive leather. The tannins have been polished with the finest cloth. Over a minute long finish. Almost perfect. Almost Burgundy like in structure, finesse and deliverance. I miss just a touch of edge, sturdiness, backbone. But my prayers will be heard, with the 15 vintage some grapes from the Cannubi and/or Cerretta vineyard will be added, and then...
98p   (tasted 2017/05)


2013 Barolo Cannubi
An open, deep and spicy nose with notes of chrushed cherries, Finnish licorice, diesel oil and lots of moist forest floor. Very deep and fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of fir wood, ripe cherries, licorice, sweet violets and leather. A very long, intense finish. Really, really fine.
95p   (tasted 2017/05)

2011 Barolo Cerretta Vigna Bricco
Oooh boy, what a wine! The nose concentrated, deep and full of finesse, power and grace. Lots of dark raspberries, asphalt, licorice and herbs. Very, very deep. Classy.
The taste is focused, multi layered and intense with notes of ripe cherries, crushed rocks, dark licorice and violets. A poster child for the "an iron fist in a velvet glove" expression. A two minute long finish. Just stunning.
97p   (tasted 2017/05)


Next thing we know we are rummaging trough Accomasso´s garbage.

Say what?!

While chatting with Silvia her neighbour across the street - Accomasso - comes up. There are some stories to be told of him, and when we drove from Silvia we thought that we should pull up for a surprise visit.
There were no answer at the door but after a while we got hold of him over the phone. No visit possible at that time but now we have booked a visit with him when we return in November. Looking forward to that, having heard stories of both fantastic and horrible wines...



Since we had some time over before our next visit we drove to La Morra and visited Paola, the (Swedish) wife of Carlo Revello. The last time we visited the two brothers had the Revello estate together but now they have split up and divided the vineyards between them.
Paola opened this Enoteca in 2015, called wine not? and we took the chance to speak some Swedish and taste the Revello line up with the new, great looking label.


Paola, being her usual self :-)
Carlo Revello
2015 Dolcetto d´Alba
A flirtatious, open nose with notes of blueberry juice, gravel and dried flowers. Very good.
The taste is juicy and cool with a fine acidity and a medium length. Gulpable.
87p   (tasted 2017/05)

2015 Barbera d´Alba
A open, dark nose with a mix of raspberries and blueberries with some licorice and dark flowers tosssed in. Very good.
The taste is big and fruity with notes of dried raspberries, asphalt and warm spices. A fine acidity.
87p   (tasted 2017/05)

2015 Langhe Nebbiolo
A warm, spicy nose with notes of licorice, violets and ripe red cherries. A fine warmth.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of warm sand, ripe cherries, violets and mushrooms. A long, finely tuned finish. Very good.
89p   (tasted 2017/05)


2013 Barolo
Another really fine Normale with grapes from Conca, Gattera and Cerretta. The nose is open and sappy with notes of spiced up cherries, forest floor, rosehips and tobacco. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and expressive with notes of raspberry licorice, Maraschino cherries, cough medicine and tobacco. Very long, very structured and very fine.
92p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barolo R.G.
The R.G. means that the grapes comes from Rocche dell´Annunziata and Giachini. The nose is deep, velvety and harmonious with notes of dark cherries, cigar smoke, dried ceps and forest floor. Very fine. High and pure.
The taste is concentrated and pure with notes of ripe cherries, dry licorice, bonfire smoke and mushrooms. A very long finish with silky tannins. Really fine.
94p   (tasted 2017/05)





This was a long awaited visit for me, my first to Burlotto. Meeting Fabio Alessandria, tasting and talking with him was a real treat. He is too modest about the world class wines he bottles.

Burlotto
2016 Langhe Sauvignon Virdis
A fresh, crispy nose with notes of gooseberries, grass, flinta and sage. Very pure and fine.
The taste is clean and perky with notes of elderberries, grass and minerals. Easy drinking, very accessible and very good.
89p   (tasted 2017/05)




2016 Pelaverga
Another notch in the belt, since I never before have tasted any wine from this grape. The nose is light and interesting with notes of white pepper spiced raspberries, lingonberries and incense. Very, very good. Has the scent of old church benches.
The taste is dry and tight with notes of lingonberries, white pepper and spices. A high, fine acidity. Very fine.
90p   (tasted 2017/05)

2015 Barbera d´Alba
An open, fruity, ripe nose with notes of spiced up strawberries, Maraschino cherries, licorice and a hint of dry chocolate. Very, very good.
The taste is more tight than the nose leads you to believe with notes of ripe cherries, warm gravel, dry licorice and some tobacco. Vigorous and fine. Very long.
92p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barolo Acclivi
All the three Baroli tasted (we didn´t taste the Normale) are truly great wines and a must for the cellar. The Acclivi has a pure, intense, old fashioned nose with notes of roses, red cherries, cigarette ash, violets and a hint of dogfur. High and really fine. Wild raspberries after a while. This is goood.
The taste is pure, focused and just lovely with its energy, tension and drinkability. Lots of rosehips, paint, violets and dried strawberries. Great acidity and tannins that are lurking in the background.
95p   (tasted 2017/05)







2013 Barolo Monvigliero
Yet again (see the 13 Ravera, Vietti above) - Galloni and I don´t see eye to eye when it comes to awarding a perfect score. He has given the Monvigliero 100p. This is a great wine and I will be buying, but it is not a perfect wine.
The nose is broad and open with notes of forest floor, lingonberry jam, paint and tobacco. Refined and fine. Very deep. A harmonious character. Really fine.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of dried strawberries, forest floor, perfume and dried cookie dough. Very interesting. Different. Some sturdy tannins in the end of the long finish. Needs time. Very, very good.
94p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barolo Cannubi
The Cannubi is what dreams are made of. The nose is cool, concentrated and multi layered with notes of chrushed strawberries with a touch of mint, fir, paint, violets and warm tiles. Seamless and just lovely.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of dried strawberries, paint, dried roses, mushrooms and violets. A very long, intense finish. Very pure. A stunning wine.
97p   (tasted 2017/05)




Next stop on this fun filled Saturday - Azelia. We were met by Lorenzo Scavino and were given a tour of the cellar before we made our way to the tasting room.

Azelia
2015 Dolcetto d´Alba Bricco dell´Oriole
A deep, fine nose with notes of spices, blueberries, dried flowers and clay. A tad more dense than your average Dolcetto.
The taste is tight yet juicy and fine with notes of licorice, blueberries, gravel and herbs. A long, succulent finish with a good acidity. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2017/05)




2014 Langhe Nebbiolo
A warm, open nose with notes of roses, smoke, minerals and a very fine wild strawberry fruit. Very, very good.
The taste is young and tight with notes of ripe lingonberries, dried strawberries, smoke and sweet minerals. A long finish with salivating tannins. Really good.
91p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barbera d´Alba Punta
The Punta is open for business with a warm smoky aroma and additional notes of Finnish licorice, cinnamon, herbs and ripe raspberries. A very fine warmth.
The taste is big and bold with notes of cherry jam, smoke, undergrowth and tobacco. A long, warm, velvety finish.
88p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barolo
The Normale´s from 2013 keeps on impressing. The Azelia version, that comes from six different vineyards, has a young, spicy nose with notes of sour/sweet cherries, cigarette ash, mushrooms and rosehips. Cool and energetic. Really good.
The taste is tight and fine-limbed with notes of hard cherry candy, dry licorice, mushrooms and rosehips en masse. Very handsome.
92p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barolo Margheria
The nose of the Margheria is fantastic with notes of ripe roses, smoked cherries, mushrooms, clay and a ever so sligth touch of mint. Very deep and very fine.
The taste is concentrated and deep with notes of hard cherry candy, licorice, forest floor, violets and dark flowers. A lovely salty note in the end. Some sturdy tannins shows themselves at the end. This is gooood.
95p   (tasted 2017/05)




2013 Barolo San Rocco
This Monopole cru is even better! A truly wonderful, deep and intense nose with gorgeous aromas of ripe red and black cherries, rosehips, ceps and dark cookie dough. Dark, broading and yet luminous. Stunning.
The taste is concentrated and expressive with notes of sour/sweet cherries, iron, mushrooms, sweet violets and fine tobacco. A long, long finish with sappy tannins. Great wine!
96p   (tasted 2017/05)

2007 Barolo Riserva Bricco Voghera 
Then we got the privilege to taste the Bricco Voghera, their Riserva which is released 10 years after harvest. A special wine indeed, not for everybody, and sadly not for me. The nose is rich and compact with notes of tomatoe jam, cooked cherries, dark perfume and tobacco. There is lot of dried fruit here, aking to the style of Amarone.
The taste is very concentrated and ample with lots of (over)ripe cherries, plums and raspberries with additional notes of rosehips, sweet tobacco and moist undergrowth. There is no question about that this is a high quality wine, but sadly it is not up my alley.
90p   (tasted 2017/05)




Who could resist?!

We headed up to La Morra where Cantina Communale had arranged a Degustazione with a dozen of producers and focus on the 2013 vintage. We tasted the wines below with some diffculties - lots of people and the room where the tasting was held turned 30 degrees...

2013 Barolo, Andrea Oberto
An open, fine nose with notes of sour cherries, gravel, leather and rosehips. A precise nose. Very, very good.
The taste is young and seedy with notes of ripe cherries, forest floor, violets and licorice. A long, fine finish with some nice tannins. Again, a really good Normale.
91p   (tasted 2017/05)


2013 Barolo Albarella, Andrea Oberto
The Albarella has a smoky, earthy nose with notes of ripe cherries, leather and dark licorice. A riper nose than the Normale.
The taste is big and smoky with notes of raspberry licorice, cooked cherries and undergrowth. A long finish. A bit ungainly at this stage.
88p   (tasted 2017/05)

2012 Barolo Rocche dell´Annunziata, Andrea Oberto
Not a 13, but this is good. The nose is cool and focused with notes of ripe red cherries, rosehips, tobacco and fir. Very, very good. A fine depth.
The taste is big, tight yet finely tuned with notes of sweet/sour cherries, tobacco, dried flowers and tobacco. A very long, distinct finish.
92p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barolo La Serra, Marcarini
A fresh, energetic nose with notes of ripening cherries, mushrooms, earth and rosehips. Classic, down to earth and fine.
The taste is tight and fine-limbed with notes of cherries, violets, earth and a leathery perfumed note. Very, very good.
93p   (tasted 2017/05)


2013 Barolo Brunate, Marcarini
The Brunate is a stunner, with a deep, brilliant nose filled with ripe red cherries, warm tobacco, moist earth and ceps. Very deep and with a lovely balance.
The taste is young, creamy yet focused with a fine core of ripe cherries and additional notes of hard cherry candy, dry licorice, gravel and dried flowers. Very, very long and fine. One for the cellar.
95p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barolo, Giovanno Corino
Yet another fine Normale. This has a high, pure nose with notes of ripe cherries, bay leaves, forest floor and mushrooms.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of warm tiles, red cherries, dried mushrooms and asphalt. Long and fine.
90p   (tasted 2017/05)


2013 Barolo Giachini, Giovanno Corino
The Giachini has a deep, intense nose with notes of ripe flowers, raspberries, earth and a hint of tobacco. Very deep and fine.
The taste is focused and fine with notes of ripe cherries, raspberries, sweet flowers and some tobacco. Very sandy, fine tannins in the long finish. Very, very good.
92p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barolo Arborina, Giovanni Corino
A very fine, dense, complex nose with notes of ripe black cherries, fir wood, raspberry licorice, ski wax and some dark rubbery scents, all in a very appealing mix. Really good.
The taste is deep and concentrated with notes of dark flowers, black cherries, moist tobacco, leather and gravel. Very long, very focused and very, very good.
93p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barolo Marcenasco, Renato Ratti
A cool, seedy, light nose with notes of ripening cherries, dry licorice and some barnyardy scents. A tad anemic.
The taste is fruity and easy going with notes of cherries in cream, warm gravel and the same barnyardy note as on the nose. An ok bottle? Must try again.
81p   (tasted 2017/05)


2013 Barolo Rocche dell´Annunziata, Renato Ratti
But the Rocche didn´t convince me that the Marcenasco was a bad bottle, since it wasn´t that good either. The nose is damp and warm with notes of cream cooked cherries, earth and cheap tobacco. Some wood notes.
The taste is seedy, warm and dry with notes of cooked cherries, dry licorice and warm earth. A long, warm, good finish. But in a 2013 context, this is not impressive.
86p   (tasted 2017/05)

After the La Morra tasting we headed to Marengo where we had a great time before heading out to our restaurant for the evening with the Marengo´s and the Pira´s.

Disclaimer - the importer of Marengo and Luigi Pira to Sweden (Origo Wines) are friends of mine and co founders of The illustrious Barolo Boys. I, however, have no financial interests in these wines, I just call them as I see them.

Marco preparing glasses and having a blast that The Barolo Boys are there :-)

2016 Dolcetto d´Alba
A young, frank nose with notes of lingonberries, flowers and gravel in a juicy and salivating combination.
The taste is spicy and cool with notes of lingonberries, spices and forest floor. A fine acidity. Very gulpable.
87p   (tasted 2017/05)



2015 Barbera d´Alba Vigna Pugnane
A fine, dense nose with notes of spices, undergrowth and raspberry chocolate. Fruity and fine.
The taste is spicy and broad with notes of sweet violets, raspberry licorice and ripe flowers. A long finish with a fine acidity. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2017/05)

2015 Barbera d´Alba Vigna Valmaggiore
The Valmaggiore is a tad deeper, denser and darker than the Pugnane with notes of fried herbs, hot gravel and Finnish licorice. This is really good.
The taste is juicy yet tight and concentrated with a fine mix of ripe raspberries and blueberries with additional notes of warm spices and undergrowth. Very long and very fine.
92p   (tasted 2017/05)

2013 Barolo
A handsome, high and fine nose with notes of wild strawberries, undergrowth, dry licorice and a touch of leather. Very, very good.
The taste is young, tight and balanced with notes of ripe cherries, raspberry licorice, cool tobacco and violets. A long finish with sappy tannins. Will turn out great with 4+ years in the cellar.
92p   (tasted 2017/05)


2013 Barolo Bricco delle Viole
The Bricco delle Viole displays a elegant, finely tuned nose with notes of cool cherries, ripe flowers, wild strawberries and violets. Pure and handsome. Very fine.
The taste is young and focused with notes of red cherries, strawberries, forest floor and licorice. A long, fine finish with finely polished tannins. Beautifully structured. Great wine.
94p   (tasted 2017/05)




2013 Barolo Brunate
A deep, intense nose with notes of raspberry licorice, a moist forest floor, dark flowers and some tobacco scents. Very fine. A fine depth and complexity.
The taste is taut and concentrated with notes of classic sweet/sour cherries, mushrooms, rosehips and warm gravel. Very, very long. Really fine. A must buy.
95p   (tasted 2017/05)

2011 Barolo Riserva Brunate
The 11 Brunate shows a big, spicy nose with notes of dried roses, ripe cherries, tapenade and some balsamic aromas. Very, very fine.
The taste is tight and dense with notes of cherry licorice, warm rocks, dried flowers and undergrowth. Silky tannins in the long, long finish. This is gooood!
95p   (tasted 2017/05)


2014 Barolo
We got the chance to taste the 14´s from cask. The Normale has an open, fruity almost creamy nose with notes of warm herbs, red cherries, licorice och cool tobacco scents. Very, very good.
The taste is seedy and tight with notes of sweet lingonberries, earth and hard cherry candy. A long finish. Very good.
89p   (tasted 2017/05)

2014 Barolo Bricco delle Viole
A finely tuned, cool, pure nose with notes of herbs, hard cherry candy, earth and violets (of course!). Very, very fine.
The taste is slender and fine with notes of red cherries, undergrowth, raspberry licorice and some smoke. Very long and very fine.
92p   (tasted 2017/05)

2014 Barolo Brunate
A very fine, elegant nose with notes of ripe cherries, smoke, mushrooms and dried wild strawberries. A very fine depth. Really fine.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of wild strawberries, forest floor, licorice, smoke and rosehips. Sandy tannins. Very long. Fine potential here.
93p   (tasted 2017/05)

2012 Barolo Riserva Brunate
Why not end on top? This is a stunner, with a ripe, concentrated nose with notes of dry cherry jam, dried flowers, mushrooms, cherry licorice and some balsamic aromas. Very deep and very fine.
The taste is concentrated and taut with notes of ripe black cherries, dried flowers, violets and asphalt. The finish goes on for over a minute. Great wine.
96p   (tasted 2017/05)




Leaving Marengo we head to Repubblica di Perno, a new acquaintance for me.


2015 Langhe Sauvignon Dives, Burlotto
We started with a follow up of our tasting Burlotto with his other Sauvignon. It is the same wine but this has been stored in Accacia wood. The base characteristics are the same but this has a creamy, deeper personality which I really like. Would love to have some for this summers grilled fish.
91p   (tasted 2017/05)


2013 Barolo, Renato Corino
I will buy a lot of the 13 Normale´s (and the cru´s...). This one has a open, juicy, deep nose with notes of ripe dark cherries, rosemary, undergrowth and rosehips. Lots of mushrooms after a while. Very, very good.
The taste is tight, refined and yummy with notes of Morello cherries, smoke, licorice and dried mushrooms. A long, warm, fine finish.
92p   (tasted 2017/05)


2012 Barolo Rupestris, Cappellano
Aaaaa Cappellano, an ongoing love affair of mine. Since I haven´t tasted the 12´s this was a perfect moment. The nose is handsome and balanced with notes of sweet/sour cherries, a multitude of flowers, rose petals, pine neddles and a hit of band aid for complexity. Stunning.
The taste is young, tight and poised with notes of wild strawberries, dried cherries, dry licorice and lots of chrushed rocks. The finish goes of for over a minute. Very, very fine.
Since the late Theobaldo didn´t want his wines to be scored, I never do   (tasted 2017/05)


2010 Barolo Ravera, Roddolo
We got a chance to taste this bottle, courtesy of the staff. The nose is big, deep and rustic with notes of cooked cherries, dark undergrowth and dried flowers. Interesting enough but a bit savage.
The taste is big and steady with notes of dark cherries, dried flowers and dusty earth. The tannins are on the rugged side. A good length. Very good.
88p   (tasted 2017/05)

So ends another day in Barolo land.