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  • Proprieta Sperino ‘L Franc ****** 2015


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  • Proprieta Sperino Lessona 2015


    “This property is managed by Luca and his father Paolo De Marchi (of Isole e Olena in Chianti Classico). It sits at a fascinating spot just at the base of the Italian Alps in a place characterized by one of the most dramatic altitude ascents in Italy. Those mighty mountains rise like a veritable wall causing violent exchanges between hot and cold air. In fact, Luca tells me that this is one of the most hail-prone spots in Italy and frequent storms have wiped out many promising vintages in the past. The property’s soils have loose grains of yellow sand that impart elegant mineral characteristics to the wines.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (232)

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  • Roagna Barolo del Comune di Barolo 2014


    “The 2014 Barolo del Comune di Barolo is a gorgeous entry-level wine in Luca Roagna’s range. Sweet spice, tobacco, dried rose petal, orange peel, menthol and pine give the 2014 a distinctly balsamic profile that is hugely appealing. Medium in body, yet potent and classically austere (as these wines tend to be), the 2014 is supremely delicious. The bouquet alone is incredibly enticing. The Barolo del Comune di Barolo is made entirely from a small parcel in the Terlo cru, but Luca Roagna does not own the site, so he prefers to bottle it under the village designation rather than as a vineyard designate. The 2014 is a real overachiever in its peer group for the year. I loved it. 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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  • Scarzello Barolo del Comune di Barolo 2017


    Barolo. Grapes come from the Sarmassa and Terlo crus. About 25 days on the skins (normally this is around 50 days), and no ‘cappello sommerso’ (submerged cap), but pumping over only. Aged in 25-hl casks for 20 months.

    Lustrous and just mid ruby. Earthy, minerally, sweet cherry with an undertow of mace and Amaro (herb liqueur). Supple, expressive cherry fruit with muscular, but well-behaved tannins. Very long and with lots of juice on the finish. Drink: 2022-2030. 17 points”

    Walter Speller, JancisRobinson.com (12/20)

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  • Scarzello Barolo Sarmassa Vigna Merenda 2017


    “Barolo. Just mid ruby and youthful-looking. Exciting nose of raspberry and cherry with hints of oatmeal, black pepper and iron. Amazing depth of focused fruit. Succulent cherry fruit with a layer of fine, polished tannins. Very long and finely balanced and almost unrecognisable as a product of the torrid 2017 vintage. Oozes class. Drink: 2021-2034. 17.5 points”

    Walter Speller, JancisRobinson.com (11/20)

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  • Travaglini Gattinara 2018


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  • Travaglini Gattinara Riserva 2016


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  • Travaglini Gattinara Tre Vigne 2016


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  • Cavallotto Barolo Riserva Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe 2013


    “The 2013 Barolo Riserva Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe is fabulous. The aromatics alone are thrilling. This is what Barolo is all about. Rose petal, holiday spice cake, leather, blood orange and macerated cherry abound. Silky and powerful, the 2013 shows tons of density on the palate and yet remains light on its feet for such a big wine. The wine’s sensuality offers a mirage of accessibility, but the 2013 is best cellared for at least a handful of years. There is nothing like Barolo, and this is a terrific example. The 2013 saw 36-38 days on the skins followed by five years in cask, with a preference for larger and more neutral oak that allows for a more gradual pace of aging in the cellar than smaller casks. Drink: 2028-2048. 96 points

    This is an impressive set of Barolos from Cavallotto. All three wines are worth your attention. The Bricco Boschis is more refined than in the past, while the two 2013 Riservas are two fabulous examples from a vintage that is truly a modern-day classic along the lines of the great vintages of prior decades. As always, the Cavallotto wines are vinified in horizonal rotary fermenters on a very slow cycle that allow for what Alfio Cavallotto describes as “50% submerged-cap fermentation.” In structured vintages, like 2013 and 2016 time on the skins is in the 30+ days range. Aging is entirely in cask. The only other major development here is that copper, which is used to treat peronospera, has not been eliminated. Cavallotto told me he believe this has resulted in slightly thinner skins in the fruit.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (06/20)

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  • Ferdinando Principiano Barolo Boscareto 2016


    “The 2016 Barolo Boscareto is laced with crushed raspberry, cinnamon, orange peel and mint. Medium in body and delicate, the 2016 is enticing. Readers should expect a perfumed, gracious Barolo that shows an ethereal side of Serralunga that is quite unique. Drinking window: 2024-2034. 92 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/21)

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  • Ferrando Erbaluce di Caluso Cariola 2020


    “The 2020 Erbaluce di Caluso Cariola is absolutely gorgeous. Apricot, ginger, spice and light tropical accents infuse the 2020 with so much flavor and sheer character. Layered and vibrant in the glass, with real depth, the Cariola is undoubtedly a winner. Drinking window: 2021-2026. 93 points

    Ferrando has long been the leading producer in the tiny appellation of Carema. The Etichetta Bianca and Etichetta Nera are reference-points. This year, though, I was especially taken by the Rosso Torazza, a wine that delivers tremendous quality and value.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (03/22)

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  • G.D. Vajra Freisa Kye 2017


    “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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