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  • Albino Rocca Barbaresco Angelo 2017


    “The 2017 Barbaresco Angelo is superb. The aromatics alone are simply beguiling. Rose petal, mint, lavender, pine, orange peel and sweet red cherry give the Angelo remarkable allure. Pliant and silky on the palate, with striking resonance, the Angelo impresses from the very first taste. Its overall balance is simply remarkable. I loved it. Drinking window: 2025-2037. 95 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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  • Albino Rocca Barbaresco Cotta 2018


    “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


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  • Albino Rocca Barbaresco Ronchi 2019


    “The 2019 Barbaresco Ronchi is a deep, potent wine. In this tasting, the Ronchi impresses with its stature, aromatic presence and textural intensity. Dark red cherry, red plum, cinnamon, rose petal and dried flowers emerge with a bit of coaxing, but the Ronchi is one of the least giving wines in the range today. I would cellar if for at least a few years. It is another wine where elegance and power meld together. Drinking window: 2025-2039. 96 points

    This is another set of gorgeous wines from the Rocca family. As has been the case now for some years, the wines are marked by striking translucence and tons of site character. The Barbarescos are fermented in tank and then aged in cask for about two years, the exceptions being the Cottá and the Angelo, which are vinified in oak uprights and see submerged cap maceration at the end of fermentation. Readers who have not tasted these wines recently owe it to themselves to do so, as the transformation here of late towards wines of purity and finesse is significant.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (10/22)

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  • Cecilia Monte Barbaresco Serracapelli 2016


    “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


    “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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  • Massolino Barbaresco 2019


    “The 2019 Barbaresco is the first Barbaresco in Massolino’s long history. Effusive aromatics and bright, red-toned fruit lend considerable immediacy and charm, but as is so often the case, that first impression of elegance is backed up by pretty serious tannins. This taut, nervy Barbaresco needs time to soften, but it is so impressive. The 2019 saw about three weeks on the skins, with indigenous fermentations, and was aged in cask. It’s a gorgeous wine by any measure. Vineyard sites are Starderi, Albesani and Serraboella. Drinking window: 2027-2039. 92 points

    These are the first Barbarescos in Massolino’s long history. “We had a chance to take over some choice plots from a local family,” Franco Massolino told me. “We are lucky to have Dante Scaglione as our consulting winemaker, so we thought: Who better to make these wines?” I certainly can’t argue with that. The 2019s are stellar wines done in the classic Massolino style. Both Barbarescos are highly recommended. Best of all, the 2019s have that immediacy and allure that makes Barbaresco so charming.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/22)

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  • Gaja Barbaresco 2016


    “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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  • Oddero Barbaresco Gallina 2016


    “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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