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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.

2001 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto

Light label condition issue

GR  3 Bicchieri   
WA  94   
WS  93   

2012 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto

JS  97   
WS  94   
WA  93+    
GR  2 Bicchieri   

2014 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto

JS  96   
WA  95   
WS  94   
4 available
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1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Riserva

Light capsule condition issue; lightly elevated cork

GR  3 Bicchieri   
RP  98   
ST  98+    
WS  95   

2014 Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric

Light label condition issue

WA  93+    
WE  92   
JS  91   
WS  90   

2010 Vietti Barolo Castiglione

Light label condition issue

WA  94   
WS  92   
JS  92   
ST  91+    
2 available
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2016 Vietti Barolo Castiglione

JD  95   
WA  94+    
VN  94   
JS  94   
2 available
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2015 Vietti Barolo Lazzarito

WA  96+    
WS  95   
VN  94   
JR  17+    

2003 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate-Le Coste

WS  90   

2005 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate-Le Coste

ST  94+    
WA  92   

2003 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi San Lorenzo - Ravera

WA  91   
VN  91   

1995 Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra

Base neck fill

ST  93+    
RP  91   

1997 Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra

WS  98   
RP  94   
ST  93+    

2009 Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra

Light label condition issue

WS  92   

2000 Clerico Barolo Percristina

WS  100   
WA  93   
ST  92   

2000 Clerico Barolo Percristina

Light capsule condition issue

WS  100   
WA  93   
ST  92   

2005 Clerico Barolo Percristina

WA  94   
ST  94   
JS  93   
WS  92   
JR  18   

2000 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne

Light label condition issue

WS  95   
JS  95   
VN  93   
WA  92   
ST  92   

2001 G. Corino Barolo Vigneto Arborina

Light label condition issue

WS  92   
ST  92   
WA  91   

2009 Ceretto Barolo Prapo

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

VN  91   
JR  17.5   

1984 Ceretto Barolo Zonchera

Light capsule condition issue; lightly depressed cork; heavy label condition issue

2 available
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1958 Pio Cesare Barolo

Light capsule condition issue; very top shoulder fill; label condition issue

2 available
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2006 Pio Cesare Barolo

WA  94   
WS  91   
ST  91-93   
JS  91   
JR  17   

1964 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Antichi Vigneti Propri Riserva

Light capsule condition issue; 3.5 cm ullage; label condition issue

1967 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Antichi Vigneti Propri Riserva

Heavy capsule condition issue; heavy label condition issue

2 available
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