Tag: Barbaresco

Eight nebbiolos

Here is a belated set of notes in relation to an excellent Barolo and Barbaresco tasting in May. My observations were, in no particular order: (i) the average quality of the wines was very high, (ii) the best wines had the firmest acidity and they were actually from both Barolo and Barbaresco (I had expected the Barolo wines would be a little firmer), (iii) the two 2013 vintage wines presented particularly well, (iv) the differences between Barolo and Barbaresco in blind tasting were very slight and (v) the future appears bright for the region, at least based on these wines. In terms of local comparisons, I am yet to taste an Australian nebbiolo that has a similar character, or is in close to the same league, in terms of quality. This differs from even pinot noir. Perhaps nebbiolo is a grape variety that does not travel well. This I think is worth some further thought.

And now the wines:

Tenimenti Fontanafredda La Rosa Barolo Serralunga 1999
First up, the oldest wine of the set. This 1999 vintage Barolo has aromas of cedar, luscious fruit even at 20 years of age, and florals. The oak is slightly obvious, but the palate has good length, and is earthy. Ready to drink now, this wine continued to evolve and improve in the glass. Rating: Very Good.

CA’ del Baio Asili Barberesco 2013
Considerably younger and from a classic year, this wine opens to aromas of cherry and redcurrant. The palate has very firm and pleasing acidity, great length and herbal undertones. This is a very good to outstanding wine, that can be approached now, but will benefit from a decade or longer in the cellar. Rating: Very Good to Outstanding.

Ceretto Barolo 2010
Aromas of earth, herbs and florals. The acidity is not quite as firm, but it has great length and complexity. This wine can be approached now. Rating: Very Good. Abv: 14%.

Benevelli Piero Ravera Barolo Monforte 2010
This wine has aromas of herbs, earth and florals. The palate has firm acidity and terrific fruit. Approachable now, but will suit extended ageing. Rating: Very Good.

Bruno Giacosa Falletto di Serralunga d’Alba Barolo 2007
In a very good group, the star of this wine shone brightest. It has a herbal and blackcurrant aroma. The palate has very firm acidity and is classical in style. In its drinking window, but this is still young at 12 years of age. Rating: Outstanding. Abv: 14%.

Gaja Barbaresco 2004
This wine provided the most sui generis expression of nebbiolo in this group. It has a herbal nose running into red currants, together with a soft liquorice character. On the palate, this is an approachable, lovely wine, with softer, but fine boned acidity. Rating; Very Good. Abv: 14%.

Roagna Pajè Barberesco 2013
This proved an outstanding wine. Intensely youthful, it is firmly coiled, but with evident fruit and a herbal overlay. The palate is tannic with long length and is particularly structured. This wine has a decade or more ahead of it and, for current drinking, ideally would benefit from a few more years of slumber. Rating: Very Good to Outstanding.

Barale Fratelli Serraboella Barbaresco 2010
Herbal, redcurrant, firm acidity. Well, not much to say then on this wine, but it left a favourable impression. Rating: Very Good. Abv: 14%.

La Ca Nova Barbaresco 2014

This is a very good Barbaresco from La Ca Nova.  The 2014 vintage has rose and floral aromatics.  The palate has great length, towards a full body and fresh acidity.  I could drink this all day.  With a price in the $60s, it’s great value too for the appellation.  (Alc: 14%, Region: Barbaresco, Piemonte, Italy, Rating: Very Good, Drink: now to 2027+, Tasted: August, 2017)

Read more:
lacanova.net

Other vintages reviewed:
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Massolino Serralunga d’Alba Barolo 2012

This is a very good Barolo from Massolino in the Barolo subregion of Serralunga d’Alba.  There’s a bit more about Massolino in this interesting article from Stephen Brook in Decanter on some of the top Barolo and Barbaresco producers (see the link here).

The 2012 vintage has aromatics of herbs, roses and bright cherry.  The fruit tastes delicious, the tannins are built to last and the length really quite long.  Classic Barolo in a firm Serralunga style.  One to buy.  (Alc: not recorded, Region: Barolo, Rating: Very Good, Drink: now (with decanting) and well into the future)

Read more:
www.massolino.it

A trio of nebbiolos; Luigi Baudana Barolo 2010, Traversa Starderi Barbaresco 2010 and Luke Lambert Nebbiolo 2010

I suspect I am late to the party, but I have been very impressed by some recent nebbiolos.  First came an excellent tasting a couple of months ago (my notes are here) and then, more recently,  I presented three nebbiolos blind to get an objective view and was really pleased with them.  The first wine I have reviewed previously and was Traversa’s Starderi Barbaresco from the 2010 vintage.  I really cannot recommend this wine highly enough (for my earlier review see here).

The second wine was Luigi Baudana’s Barolo also from the 2010 vintage.  With the benefit of a decent decant (~2 hours), this wine showed classic aromas of tar, roses and licorice.  The palate has high acidity and towards long length.  Fresh and delicious, this Barolo has a long life ahead of it.  The third and final wine was a ring in from the Yarra Valley – a nebbiolo from Luke Lambert and the 2014 vintage.  A tiny amount of this wine is produced – only 1367 bottles – but it is worth tracking down.  Tasted blind, many were confused by its pinot noir like characters and, to be honest, I would have been too.  It has pungent aromas of fruit, roses and fresh soil.  The palate shows an acidity and balance that more closely resembles a Piemonte expression of the grape than most of the Australian nebbiolos I have tasted to date.

Read more:
www.lukelambertwines.com.au

Topper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Nebbiolo 2013

I attended a Barolo and Barbaresco tasting a week or so ago, and it’s fair to say the average quality was remarkably high.  A sort of nebbiolo “oh I get it” moment.  This is an Australian version of nebbiolo from Topper’s Mountain in New England.  It’s a lighter expression of nebbiolo with some attractive characters.  The 2013 tasted here has aromatics of esthery cherries, and then florals with some air.  The palate has bright cherry characters, and good balance between its acid and tannins.  A pretty good example of a local nebbiolo.

Rating: Good
Abv: 12.8%
Price: $38
Source: sample
Vendors and website: http://toppers.com.au
Tasted: 2016

Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Asili 2001

This is an impressive Barbaresco from Produttori del Barbaresco.  Fashioned from the nebbiolo grape in Piemonte in north western Italy, the wine is sourced from Asili, one of the best vineyards in the Barbaresco subregion.  In its drinking prime, the 2001 tasted here has classic nebbiolo aromatics of tar and roses.  The palate has fine grained tannins, a medium length finish and a lovely balance to it.  I could drink this all day.

Rating: Very Good
Abv: 14%
Price: $140
Vendors and website: http://www.produttoridelbarbaresco.com
Tasted: 2016

Traversa Starderi Barbaresco 2010

I tasted this nebbiolo from Traversa blind among what I must say was an excellent tasting of Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello wines.  It’s a delicious wine that merits your attention.  Its aromatics are typical in style, reminding of tar, herbs, violets and rosemary.  The palate is fleshy with long length and flavours with characters of earth with hints of raspberry.  This is very enjoyable drinking and easy to recommend.

Rating: Very Good
Abv: 13.5%
Price: $80
Vendors and website: http://www.agriturismotraversa.it/inglese/cantina.htm
Tasted: 2016