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2011 Cascina Adelaide Barolo Preda

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Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

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RATINGS

94James Suckling

A wine with rich fruit and soft and silky tannins. It's ripe and very pretty. Even sexy. Full-bodied, fruity and juicy.

93Wine Spectator

Brilliant cherry, strawberry and floral aromas and flavors are the hallmarks of this elegant red. Leather, tobacco and earth accents chime in, yet this stays focused, lingering with fruit. Delivers excellent balance and freshness.

92Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of red berry, game, scorched earth and a whiff of menthol emerge on this full-bodied Barolo. The linear, powerful palate offers succulent red cherry, wild berry, anise and baking spice alongside firm but refined tannins and bright acidity.

91+ The Wine Advocate

...delivers ripe and plump fruit with blackberry and dried cherry at the front. The mouthfeel is more elegant and streamlined as well. It shows immediate attractiveness and ease in drinking.

16Jancis Robinson

Earthy and with a hidden layer of concentrated fruit. A little rich on the attack and with bags of powdery tannins on the finish...

REGION

Italy, Piedmont, Barolo

Barolo is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. In fact many cognoscenti of Italian wines consider Barolo to be the apex of Italian winemaking. Barolo is sometimes referred to as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings” partly because until the mid-19th century Piedmont was owned by the noble House of Savoy, the historic rulers of northwestern Italy. And the Savoys had a taste for Nebbiolo. Nestled into the rolling hills of Langhe, the Barolo DOCG includes 11 communes, one of which is the town of Barolo. There are 4,200 vineyard acres in the appellation and since the late 19th century growers have tried to identify their best vineyards. By marketing some vineyards as better quality than others, Barolo producers have followed the Burgundian custom of making single vineyard, or “cru” vineyard bottlings. As in neighboring Barbaresco, the Barolo DOCG requires that wines be 100% Nebbiolo, a grape thought of as the Pinot Noir of Italy. Records show that Nebbiolo was grown in the Piedmont as early as the 14th century, and despite being somewhat finicky – it is late to ripen and easily damaged by adverse weather --- Nebbiolo makes highly aromatic and powerful red wines. Until the mid-19th century Nebbiolos of Piedmont were vinified as sweet wines, though that ended in the late 19th century when a French oenologist was invited to Piedmont to show producers how to make dry reds. Barolo was made a DOC in 1966 and upgraded to DOCG status in 1980. Barolos must be aged at least three years, at least two of those years in wood. Barolos are tannic and robust and generally need at least five years to soften into complex, earthy wines.

TYPE

Red Wine, Nebbiolo

This red grape is most often associated with Piedmont, where it becomes DOCG Barolo and Barbaresco, among others. Its name comes from Italian for “fog,” which descends over the region at harvest. The fruit also gains a foggy white veil when mature.