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  • Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 2016

    £74.99

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  • Bel Colle Barolo Monvigliero 2015

    £39.99

    “Verduno. Tasted blind. Mid to deep ruby with orange tinges. A little herbal and subdued on the nose. Quite closed while the concentrated fruit is slow to unfurl on the palate with marked acidity and wall-to-wall tannins. Great tactile finish, but not ready by far. Drink: 2022-2032. 17 points”

    Walter Speller, JancisRobinson.com (06/19)

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  • Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis 2017

    £56.95

    “The 2017 Barolo Bricco Boschis is superb. A rush of crushed raspberry, rose petals, mint, sweet spice and blood orange gives the 2017 its effusive, sexy personality. Medium in body and exceptionally polished, the 2017 is an absolute jewel of a wine. Many 2017s are nervy and in need of time to soften, but not the Bricco Boschis. All the elements are so well-balanced. If I was going to open a wine for someone who was not familiar with Barolo, I might very well open this. It’s impossible not to love the 2017 Bricco Boschis. Drink: 2022-2037. 93 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/21)

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  • Cavallotto Barolo Riserva Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe 2013

    £119.99

    “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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  • Ettore Germano Barolo Cerretta 2016

    £59.99

    “The 2016 Barolo Cerretta is gorgeous. Crushed red berry fruit, mint, flowers and white pepper give this aromatic, mid-weight Barolo a real feeling of finesse that also comes through in the silky red berry fruit flavors. There is just enough grip to give the mid-palate and finish energy, but overall this is a relatively approachable Barolo that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Drinking window: 2023-2036. 93 points

    This is a gorgeous set of wines from Sergio Germano, but that is not terribly surprising based on the wines I tasted from cask during my last visit. The 2016s saw a total of 40-50 days on the skins between fermentation and maceration. Aging generally takes place in medium-format oak. The one exception is the new Barolo Vignarionda, which is fermented with whole clusters. It sees two years in medium-format oak, but spends an additional year in bottle prior to being released. Lastly, Germano fans will note a restyling of the labels, which are now drawn by Sergio Germano’s wife, Elena.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (10/20)

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  • Ettore Germano Barolo Prapo 2017

    £57.49

    “The 2017 Barolo Prapò is powerful and quite dense, yet also retains a sense of transparency that is admirable. Sage, dried herbs, menthol licorice and earthy accents give the Prapò an element of wildness that is beguiling. The tannins are firm, and yet there is more than enough fruit to provide balance. The 2017 is very nicely done. Drinking window: 2024-2037. 94 points

    Sergio Germano’s new Barolo releases are strong across the board. The move towards a style that shows more freshness and less oak influence is a big positive. The Lazzarito is the one Barolo in this range I find a bit less interesting than the others, as the style is more pushed. The last thing Serralunga fruit needs is more push.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (10/21)

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  • Ettore Germano Barolo Riserva Lazzarito 2015

    £74.99

    “The 2015 Barolo Riserva Lazzarito (with fruit from Serralunga d’Alba) shows a generous, full-bodied consistency, with dark fruit, spice, baking clove and other dustings of exotic spice, such as cardamom and clove. That spiciness washes through the bouquet, and you can feel it on the palate, where the wine is structured and firm. Some 4,500 bottles were released. Drink: 2024-2040. 94 points

    Ettore Germano has taken ambitious leaps and bounds toward greater quality and consistency in this impressive group of new releases.

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (06/21)

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  • Ettore Germano Barolo Serralunga d’Alba 2016

    £34.99

    “Ettore Germano is a true protagonist of Serralunga d’Alba, and this wine shows expertise and passion for territory. The 2016 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba delivers the characteristics one would associate with this growing area that is associated with some of the most structured and powerful Baroli, thanks to the unique calcareous clay soils found here. You get dark fruit, spice, tar and lots of tangy licorice or aniseed. Those licorice aromas veer toward medicinal with balsam herb and camphor ash. This vintage has it all wrapped up into one neat package. Just give it a bit more time to soften. Some 9,500 bottles will be released in September 2020. Drink: 2023-2038. 94 points

    Sergio Germano and his wife Elena Bonelli farm throughout Serralunga d’Alba in the Cerretta, Prapò and Lazzarito crus. In 2010, they acquired a small plot in Vignarionda, and a new Barolo from that vineyard is reviewed here. The inaugural vintage is 2015 (and the label you see photographed here is not final). Farming is certified organic, and the wines are made following local tradition that sees extended fermentations lasting anywhere from 30 to 60 days. Fruit from Vignarionda sees whole-cluster fermentation. In addition to the Baroli reviewed here, I have included reviews of a few very fun wines as well. There is a little array of sparkling wines from Alta Langa and the Riesling Hérzu. These are Sergio’s passion projects. In 2001, he planted some Pinot Nero to further his Metodo Classico program. In all, Ettore Germano counts 10 hectares of vines in Serralunga d’Alba with calcareous clay soils that add structure and help mitigate the effects of a hot vintage while maintaining balanced acidity. The estate has another 10 hectares in Cigliè (Alta Langa), where planting began in 1997 with Riesling and Chardonnay. Pinot Noir and the Nascetta grape were added later. The high-altitude vineyards are located 600 meters above sea level and see partially calcareous sand broken up with rocks. These characteristics add to the freshness and minerality of the wines produced from this site.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (07/20)

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  • Ettore Germano Barolo Vignarionda 2015

    £119.99

    “The 2015 Barolo Vignarionda is soft, open-knit and wonderfully alluring. Readers will find all of the pure sensuality of Rionda – one of Barolo’s greatest sites – in the glass. The vines in this redeveloped part of the vineyard planted in 2011 are still very young, but the first wines have been very impressive. Sweet floral and spiced notes linger on the silky finish. The only thing the 2015 is missing is the complexity that vines express as they get older. In a word: gorgeous. Drinking window: 2023-2040. 95 points

    This is a gorgeous set of wines from Sergio Germano, but that is not terribly surprising based on the wines I tasted from cask during my last visit. The 2016s saw a total of 40-50 days on the skins between fermentation and maceration. Aging generally takes place in medium-format oak. The one exception is the new Barolo Vignarionda, which is fermented with whole clusters. It sees two years in medium-format oak, but spends an additional year in bottle prior to being released. Lastly, Germano fans will note a restyling of the labels, which are now drawn by Sergio Germano’s wife, Elena.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (10/20)

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  • Ferdinando Principiano Barolo Boscareto 2016

    £71.99

    “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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  • Ferdinando Principiano Barolo Serralunga 2017

    £29.99

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  • Francesco Rinaldi Barolo 2017

    £46.49

    Rinaldi’s 2017 Barolo is a powerful, hearty wine. Leather, smoke, game, iron, tobacco and incense play off a core of dark red fruit in this decidedly virile, strapping Barolo from the Rinaldi family. I would prefer to drink the 2017 on the earlier side, before the fruit fades. Drinking window: 2022-2029. 88 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (10/21)

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