Barolo


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  • Francesco Rinaldi Barolo 2018

    £47.99

    “The 2018 Barolo is a delicate, pretty wine with plenty of immediacy and overall appeal. Naturally, the 2018 is a small-scaled wine, but all the elements are nicely balanced. This is nicely done and also quite promising, in its peer group. Drinking window: 2024-2036. 88-90 points

    I tasted all of the 2018 Barolos at Francesco Rinaldi from cask, as the wines had not been bottled at the time of my November visit, which is standard for this domaine. I chose not to include notes on the new Barolo from Rocche dell’Annunziata and the Riserva, as I felt SO2 levels were low. That is not unusual, but it can make wines hard to evaluate accurately. So far, the vintage looks promising. “The older vines definitely fared best,” Paola Rinaldi told me as we ran through the vines. Harvest started on October 10, which is on the later side in 2018.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/22)

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  • Francesco Rinaldi Barolo Brunate 2017

    £54.99

    “The 2017 Barolo Brunate shows off its brawn and size. Firm, muscular tannins wrap around a core of sweet red berry fruit, iron, dried herbs, licorice, tobacco and brambly, earthy notes. I would give the 2017 at least a handful of years in bottle. It has good depth if, naturally, not quite the volume of the very best years. Drinking window: 2025-2047. 94 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/21)

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  • Francesco Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi 2017

    £69.99

    “The 2017 Barolo Cannubi is sensual, polished and a real delight to taste. Soft and effusive, with lovely aromatic presence, the Cannubi will drink well with minimal cellaring. Sweet dried cherry, mint, spice, crushed rose petal and sweet pipe tobacco all grace this super-appealing, mid-weight Barolo from the Rinaldi family. The 2017 is a bit light, but it is super delicious today. Drinking window: 2025-2047. 93+ points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/21)

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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2018

    £37.49

    “This wine consistently delivers one of the greatest values to be found in Italian wine. The G.D. Vajra 2018 Barolo Albe has all its cards in play as an immediately enjoyable and extremely food-friendly Nebbiolo. This really is the top of the category in that sense. With straightforward winemaking (fermentation is in steel and aging in large Slavonian oak casks), the wine offers bold cherry, wild plum and plenty of fragrant blue flower and violet. This vintage has the added benefit of softly textured richness. Drink: 2023-2037. 93+ points

    G.D. Vajra earns top scores for its perfectly designed portfolio of Piedmont wines. Well balanced against various price points (and all very reasonable), the estate offers excellent high-end Barolos from single vineyards, the super accessible and charming Barolo Albe, and a whole range of lower-end wines that are all creative in terms of graphics and design and extremely innovative in terms of winemaking, blends and overall approach. The G.D. Vajra portfolio should be a model for all sorts of up-and-coming wineries. Just this past year, the winery team created a family library with more than 2,000 books on winemaking, geography and more. The oldest volume dates back to the 15th century.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (08/22)

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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole 2017

    £69.99

    “The 2017 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is classy and elegant to the core. Medium in body and wonderfully translucent, the 2017 captures all of the finesse of this site. Naturally, the 2017 also shows the ripeness of the year, but it retains its sublime sense of poise. The 2017 Bricco delle Viole is one of the clear stand outs of the year. Drinking window: 2025-2042. 95 points

    The Vajra family produced a bevy of stellar wines from both their estates, G.D. Vajra in Barolo and Baudana in Serralunga. The 2017s are deep, fleshy and impeccably balanced. All of the 2017s were fermented in steel, where they spent 50-60 days on the skins, including submerged cap maceration at the end. Aging was done mostly in cask, with some smaller neutral oak barrels.

    “Most of our work in the vineyard is done by June,” Aldo Vajra told me. “What vines don’t like are sudden changes, so we try to do most of our work early. It’s not just the heat that is an issue, but also direct sunlight on the berries. In 2017 we left a little more fruit on the vine in order to maintain freshness and delay harvest as much as possible.””

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/21)

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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Coste di Rose 2017

    £54.99

    “The 2017 Barolo Coste di Rose is pretty, supple and inviting. Some of the tannins need to resolve, but this is a young Barolo after all. The Coste di Rose doesn’t have the sensuality of the Albe or the pedigree of the Viole, but it nevertheless has so much to give. Crushed flowers, sweet red berry fruit, mint, crushed rocks and sage are some of the many notes that linger. I won’t be surprised if the 2017 is even better than this note suggests once it softens a bit. Drinking window: 2025-2042. 93 points

    The Vajra family produced a bevy of stellar wines from both their estates, G.D. Vajra in Barolo and Baudana in Serralunga. The 2017s are deep, fleshy and impeccably balanced. All of the 2017s were fermented in steel, where they spent 50-60 days on the skins, including submerged cap maceration at the end. Aging was done mostly in cask, with some smaller neutral oak barrels.

    “Most of our work in the vineyard is done by June,” Aldo Vajra told me. “What vines don’t like are sudden changes, so we try to do most of our work early. It’s not just the heat that is an issue, but also direct sunlight on the berries. In 2017 we left a little more fruit on the vine in order to maintain freshness and delay harvest as much as possible.””

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/21)

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  • G.D. Vajra Freisa Kye 2017

    £38.49

    “The 2017 Langhe Freisa Kyé is polished, understated and supremely beautiful. Over the last few years, the Vajras have tamed some of the rusticity of Freisa, but there is still plenty of varietal character here. All the elements are very well balanced. Wild cherry, plum, spice, licorice, tobacco, grilled herbs and coffee abound. I would give the 2017 a year or two in bottle, as there is still a bit of edginess to the tannin. Then again, that is Freisa, when it is made with this level of ambition. Drinking window: 2023-2032. 94 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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  • Giulia Negri Barolo La Tartufaia 2018

    £44.95

    “The Giulia Negri 2018 Barolo La Tartufaia is subdued on first nose with aromas that build slowly. They start off with dark fruit and plum and gradually transition over to toasted spice, tar and asphalt. Its delivery to the palate is thin and polished. Drink: 2024-2035. 90 points

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (08/22)

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  • Giulia Negri Barolo Marassio 2015

    £97.95

    “From a warm and sunny vintage, the Giulia Negri 2015 Barolo Marassio offers a delicate little dance of purple fruit aromas with some tart cherry and raspberry sprinkled in there along the way. You might notice a slightly (very slightly) richer fabric here, and that touch of plumpness and fiber is entirely recognized in the characteristics of this vintage. The finish is mild in power and moderate in length. These qualities give the wine a near to medium-term drinking window. Only 2,500 bottles were released. Drink: 2023-2040. 93 points

    Following a three-year conversion process, Giulia Negri (Serradenari) is now a certified organic winery. The vineyard team adopted Simonit & Sirch pruning methods for old Guyot vines that reduce infection spots and keep the vines in good health. A new winery construction project was set to start this year, but it has been postponed temporarily because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Unfortunately, high-altitude vineyards in La Morra are sometimes vulnerable to bad weather and hail. A violent storm in 2019 caused big damage, and 40% of the fruit was lost. Giulia Negri farms some of the highest vineyards in Barolo, planted at 450 to 536 meters above sea level. They boast sweeping views of the Italian Alps with clear air, breezes and light. But weather can sometimes be an issue.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (07/20)

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  • Giulia Negri Barolo Serradenari 2018

    £59.95

    “From a vineyard site in La Morra, the 2018 Barolo Serradenari boasts a very bright and lifted bouquet that is colored by tart raspberry, wild blueberry, exotic spice and hints of campfire ash. La Morra is recognized for its fine and silky tannins, and this vintage delivers those with a little more emphasis. Drink: 2024-2038. 93 points”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (08/22)

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  • Massolino Barolo 2018

    £41.95

    “The 2018 Barolo is the only Barolo Massolino bottled in this vintage. Aromatically expressive and gracious, the 2018 offers lovely translucence in the mid-weight style of the year. Sweet dried cherry, mint, tobacco, spice, licorice and rose petal all open effortlessly in the glass. Naturally, the 2018 doesn’t have the depth ot the single vineyards or the best vintages, but it is an absolutely lovely wine to savor over the next 10-15 years. Drinking window: 2024-2038. 92 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/22)

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  • Oddero Barolo Vignarionda Riserva 2012

    £154.95

    “At nearly ten years of age, the 2012 Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda is a terrific choice for readers who want to enjoy a Rionda with a bit of bottle age. Moreover, the 2012 is a wine of pure charm and seduction, which makes it a joy to taste today. Lavender, rose petal, blood orange, star anise, spice, earthiness and red/purplish fruit convey the inner perfume that is such a Rionda signature. The 2012 doesn’t quite have the complexity or structure of some vintages, but that does not attract from its tremendous appeal. There is more than enough energy and tannic grip to ensure for another 15-20 years of fine drinking, maybe more, so readers can drink or hold. The classically austere finish will delight fans of traditionally made Barolo. Drinking window: 2022-2042. 94 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/21)

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