The 2016 Barolo is a gorgeous entry-level offering in this range that also shows just how compelling the vintage is. Deep, plush and exquisitely layered, the 2016 has so much to offer. Hints of spice, orange peel, rose petal and tar add pretty aromatic top notes throughout. This is such an alluring and irresistible wine. 2022-2036. 92 points. Antonio Galloni, Vinous.
From the Bricco Chiesa and Capalot vineyards, both in La Morra, and Fiasco in Castiglione Falletto. Total skin maceration of 27 days. Grapes from the different vineyards are fermented and aged separately, the first year in Stockinger casks of Austrian oak, after which the wines are blended together and aged another year in large oak barrel, followed by six years in concrete. ‘We prefer to blend the wines when they have aged a little’.
Mid ruby with orange tinges. A perfect amalgam of perfumed, sweet cherry and herb liqueur with saline hints and a touch of oak, but more like an afterthought than anything else. Succulent cherry, which ends on sour-cherry notes. Firm, finely grained bitter-sweet tannins. Concentrated and tightly knit and enormously long. (WS) Drink 2020-2028. 17 points. Walter Spelling, Jancis Robinson.
It’s good to listen to Patrizio Buanne’s rousing rendition of Il Mondo while tasting Barolo. This is La Morra (Santa Maria Bricco Chiesa) and Castiglione Falletto (Bricco Fiasco).
Cherry and almond biscotti, menthol and mint, panettone (and so really smells like that!), iron. It’s juicy, strawberry and red cherry, fine cool acidity, perfumed fresh herbs, powdery brick dust tannin, distinct ‘mineral’ feel, and a finish that’s very long, and beautifully defined. Delicate, almost. A quiet achiever. Almost certainly has more to say. Stuff some in the cellar. Drink 2023-2040. 95 Points. Gary Walsh - The Wine Front.