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Pira Margheria Barolo 2011

This is an excellent Barolo from Pira and the 2011 vintage.  It opens to attractive aromas of licorice and earth,  The palate is full bodied, the tannins very firm and the finish is long with attractive sour cherry characters.  Yes.  Approachable now or over the next decade or more.  Rating: Very Good.  Abv: 14.5.  Price: …Continue readingPira Margheria Barolo 2011

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Brezza Sarmassa Barolo 2011

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Pira Serralunga Barolo 2014

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Guido Porro Barolo 2015

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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…Continue readingEight nebbiolos

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Mauro Veglio Barolo 2014

This is a rather delicious Barolo from Mauro Veglio. Aired for at least an hour, it opens to powerful aromatics of licorice and florals. The palate has firm acidity, very firm tannins and great length on the finish. This wine can be approached now, but will be best in a decade or more. Rating: Very…Continue readingMauro Veglio Barolo 2014

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Well priced Barolo; Boroli Barolo 2010

This is a well made Barolo from Boroli in Piemonte.  My texts do not reveal much on this producer, although you can fossick around on their website at the link below.  The 2010 vintage, a great one in the region, tasted here has typical nebbiolo aromatics of roses, dried roses and sour cherry.  The palate…Continue readingWell priced Barolo; Boroli Barolo 2010

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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…Continue readingMassolino Serralunga d’Alba Barolo 2012

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

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Viticoltore Mauro Molino Barolo 2011

I am developing a bit of an interest in the wines of Barolo.  This cannot be viewed as anything other than unfortunate development for my bank balance!  I dutifully looked up this producer – Mauro Molino – in my newly purchased Barolo and Barbaresco reference book, The King and Queen of Italian Wine by Kerin O’Keefe…Continue readingViticoltore Mauro Molino Barolo 2011

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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.…Continue readingTopper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Nebbiolo 2013

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Podere Ruggeri Corsini Monforte d’Alba Barolo 2005

An important observation here is that this Barolo is from the subregion of Monforte d’Alba, which has relatively poor sandstone soils that are not particularly fertile.  This has tended to produce Barolos that are intense and structured.  And this particular Barolo is intense and structured, bold, capital and underline.  It’s a medium intensity ruby in colour, with…Continue readingPodere Ruggeri Corsini Monforte d’Alba Barolo 2005