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  • Albino Rocca Barbaresco Angelo 2015

    £79.99

    “The 2015 Barbaresco Angelo is a blend of fruit mostly from Ronchi, with pieces of Montersino and Loreto that sees 55 days on the skins. Today, the Angelo is very tight and austere. Crushed rose petal, cedar and dried herb notes are pushed forward, while the fruit is more restrained in its expression initially. Time in the glass brings out the wine’s pedigree as well as the raciness and natural richness of the year. There is so much to like here. Drinking window: 2020-2035. 93+ points

    The 2015 and 2016 Barbarescos are a continuation of a stylistic shift at Albino Rocca that started around 2013, when the estate began to lengthen macerations and move towards a more classic style. Readers will note the addition of a new wine, the 2015 Barbaresco Cottà, made from a tiny parcel that was previously blended into the straight Barbaresco. The Cottà could very well become one of the stars in this range. Sadly, there is just one 15HL cask of the wine to go around. As strong as the 2015s are, the 2016s, which I tasted from cask, have all the potential to be even better. In fact, 2016 may very well be the best vintage I have ever tasted here.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (10/18)

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  • Albino Rocca Barbaresco Cotta 2018

    £49.99

    “Pouring from the bottle with a light ruby color, the Albino Rocca 2018 Barbaresco Cottà shows dried cherry, cassis and lots of blue flower or summer lavender. This is a classic and neatly contained expression of cool-vintage Nebbiolo. The bouquet is fluid but also compact, and you can look forward to an interesting aromatic evolution to come as this wine continues along its aging path. Only 2,000 bottles were released. Drink: 2023-2037. 93+ points”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (06/21)

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  • Albino Rocca Barbaresco Ovello Vigna Loreto 2018

    £54.99

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  • Albino Rocca Barbaresco Ronchi 2017

    £49.99

    “The 2017 Barbaresco Ronchi is terrific. Dark, ample and resonant, the Ronchi envelops all the senses from the very first taste. Succulent red cherry, plum, rose petal, spice, mint and licorice all build as the Ronchi shows off its considerable allure. Readers will have a very hard time keeping their hands off this jewel of a wine from the Rocca family. Drinking window: 2023-2035. 94 points

    This is an impressive set of 2017s from the Rocca family. The estate has been on a roll these last few vintages. Like all 2017s, the Albino Rocca Barbarescos are on the lighter side, but what stands out in the range is a level of site expression that is rare in this vintage. All of the Barbarescos are aged in cask, with the exception of the Cottà, which sees slightly smaller oak because of the tiny size of the parcel.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (10/20)

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  • Cecilia Monte Barbaresco Serracapelli 2016

    £59.95

    “These are two absolutely stunning Barbarescos from Cecilia Monte, who spent time working at Luciano Sandrone before taking over her family’s small estate in Neive. Readers looking for an emerging star in Piedmont will want to check out the wines immediately.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (10/18)

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  • Cecilia Monte Barbaresco Serracapelli Dedicato a Paolo 2015

    £69.99

    “These are two absolutely stunning Barbarescos from Cecilia Monte, who spent time working at Luciano Sandrone before taking over her family’s small estate in Neive. Readers looking for an emerging star in Piedmont will want to check out the wines immediately.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (10/18)

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    Gaja Barbaresco 2015

    £132.99

    “Gaja’s 2015 Barbaresco is gorgeous. Deep, pliant and resonant, the 2015 exudes class from the very first taste. Today, the aromatics are not especially open or expressive, but it is the wine’s depth and overall sense of harmony that really carry the day. Hints of orange peel, spice and rosewater give the 2015 an exotic aromatic top register that is hugely appealing. Readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this gem. The 2015 is a wonderfully complete and harmonious wine, but it really does need a few years in the cellar to fully unwind. Drinking window: 2020-2035. 94 points

    The young generation is very much in charge at Gaja. Parents Angelo and Lucia might stop by from time to time, but these days, Gaia, Rossana and Giovanni Gaja are running the show. The 2015 Barbarescos are super-polished wines that capture all the best vintage had to offer. The last few years have seen a pretty dramatic set of shifts at Gaja, starting with a move toward sustainable farming in the vineyards to an approach in winemaking that prizes finesse over size. The Gajas describe 2015 as a very warm vintage, especially in June and July, that had the fortune of being able to draw from hydric reserves that remained following rain and snow during winter. Most of the Nebbiolo was brought in between October 10 and 15.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (10/18)

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  • Gaja Barbaresco 2016

    £169.99

    “Gaja’s 2016 Barbaresco is positively stellar. A wine of poise and grace, the 2016 has so much to offer. Expressive spice and floral notes open up first, but what really stands out is the wine’s nuance and delineation. There is a sense of translucency to the 2016 that is impossible to miss. Sweet red cherry, mint, cinnamon and rose petal develop in the glass, adding further shades of nuance. Quite simply, the 2016 is one of the very finest Gaja Barbarescos in recent memory. This is such a gorgeous wine. Don’t miss it. Drinking window: 2026-2041. 96 points

    I have had many remarkable tastings at Gaja over the years. I remember revisiting all the 1989s and 1990s for a retrospective some years ago. When I entered the tasting room I was completely overwhelmed by a whole range of exotic, almost intoxicating, Nebbiolo aromas that completely filled the room. My most recent visit didn’t quite equal that high, but it came very close. The Gaja family’s 2016 Barbarescos are simply extraordinary. Sorì Tildìn is, arguably, the most profound of the wines, but all four 2016s are mind blowingly beautiful, vivid wines that will leave readers weak at the knees. The 2015 Barolos and 2013 Darmagi round out this stunning set of new releases.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (11/19)

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  • Roagna Barbaresco Faset 2014

    £81.49

    “The 2014 Barbaresco Faset is laced with sweet red cherry, mint, wild flowers, licorice and orange peel. Soft, and inviting, with lovely inner perfume, the 2014 will drink well with minimal cellaring. This is an especially soft, open-knit style, and yet there is plenty of Nebbiolo persistence and overall grip. The 2014 is a solid debut. It doesn’t take much to see where the Faset is likely to go in coming vintages. Drinking window: 2020-2029. 92 points

    This is an extraordinary set of wines from Luca Roagna. The 2014 Barbarescos are superb, while the Barolos are very good, especially considering the vintage was much more challenging in Barolo than it was in Barbaresco. A stunning rendition of the flagship Barbaresco Crichët Pajè rounds out the range. Readers will see new Barbaresco bottlings from Gallina, Faset and Albesani in the range this year. As always, the wines are super-classic in feel. Over the last years, Roagna has quietly shortened the amount of time his wines spend in cask and began introducing cement in the cellar. Today’s wines have a sense of fruit purity and inner sweetness that the older wines often did not. I can’t recommend these wines highly enough.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (11/19)

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  • Oddero Barbaresco Gallina 2016

    £49.99

    “The 2016 Barbaresco Gallina is gorgeous. Silky, perfumed and beautifully layered, the 2016 has much to offer. Rose petal, licorice, mint and lavender notes are nicely lifted in a silky, super-expressive Barbaresco that is going to be very hard to resist in the early going. More than anything, though, the 2016 Barbaresco is a terrific example of just how far the Oddero wines have come in the last few years. Drinking window: 2020-2036. 93 points

    Cristina Oddero has been through more than her fair share of ups and downs, but she is now making the most consistently outstanding wines I have tasted here since I first visited the estate nearly twenty years ago. The trajectory in recent years has been nothing short of remarkable. It’s great to see Oddero emerge from a lengthy period in which family tension made it impossible for the wines to achieve their potential. Readers who enjoy fine, classically built wines will want to check out Oddero. Bravo!”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/19)

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