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Fratelli Alessandria Barolo San Lorenzo di Verduno 2011

Fratelli Alessandria Barolo San Lorenzo di Verduno 2011

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"A crystalline wine for the year, the 2011 Barolo San Lorenzo di Verduno is built on precision, nuance and delineation, all qualities that are rare for the vintage. Medium in body, but with superb persistence on the palate, the 2011 will appeal most to readers who appreciate tightly wound, focused Barolos. In some years, San Lorenzo is a bit more virile, but in 2011 the more feminine side of this site comes through. Rose petal, cinnamon and sweet red berries linger on the understated finish. With time in the glass, the 2011 puts on a little more weight, but readers should expect a restrained expression of San Lorenzo in this vintage. Drinking window: 2018-2036. 94 points

This is a superb set of wines from Fratelli Alessandria. Over the last decade or so Alessandria has made huge strides in quality, yet the wines remain under the radar, a rare occurrence in Piedmont these days. The Alessandrias own parcels in a number of top sites in Verduno, along with a parcel in Gramolere, which is in Monforte. Readers who want to explore Alessandria might want to start out with the straight 2011 Barolo, a wine that delivers fabulous quality and value. After this tasting, Vittore Alessandria opened bottles of his 1969 Barolo and 1978 Barolo Monvigliero that he found in the cellar of a private collector. Both wines were drop-dead gorgeous. Simply put, these artisan, traditionally made Barolos are some of the most compelling wines being made in Piedmont today. Don't miss them."

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (12/15)