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Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin 2011

Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin 2011

Served blind at a recent lunch in Vancouver with fellow Cascadia Fine Wines colleagues, JoJo captured the tone of this outstanding Barolo when he described the 2011s as "charming" wines. Charming, indeed. A deliciously perfumed nose of rose petals, aged leather, fresh pie cherries, dried mint and spice. It's nimble on the palate, gossamer and translucent, vivid and fresh. Highly recommended—if you can find it. Dott G. Cappellano 9.3 Points...

Gaja Barbaresco 2012

Gaja Barbaresco 2012

Sampled at a trade tasting, the distributor told me that in the 2012 vintage the winery did not bottle their single-vineyard Barbaresco wines, rather this is a blend of all three sites. It's elegant as Gaja wines are wont to be, with caressing notes of tart pie cherries, red forest berries, lilting spice and feminine florality. Fine, supple tannins coat the entire palate, its a beautifully structured wine with length that suspends itself over the tongue. Finishes with nuanced minerality and a pinch of dried mint. Sample Gaja 9.3 Points...

Francesco Rinaldi Barolo Le Brunate 2006

Francesco Rinaldi Barolo Le Brunate 2006

Still in its infancy, the 2006 Rinaldi Barolo Le Brunate is stunning and impeccable even at this stage, though it is advisable to decant should you be tempted to open it sooner rather than later. Soaring notes of juicy black plum and black cherry enclosed in freshly picked sweet tobacco and mint. Voluptuous on entry, with glycerol and body precisely offset by fine, mouth-coating tannins. I love the balance, it's firm yet light, full without perceptible heaviness. Finishes with savory notes and fig paste. Francesco Rinaldi & Figli 9.3 Points...

Elio Grasso Barolo Riserva Rüncot 2007

Elio Grasso Barolo Riserva Rüncot 2007

This legendary Barolo was one of the knock-out wines at our holiday table. The Elio Grasso Riserva Rüncot Barolo 2007 blossoms in the glass with heady, provocative scents of violets, forest underbrush, dusty earth, star anise, incense, and smoke. On the palate, fine, tightly-wound tannins weave in and out of glints of cherries, rose hips and plums followed by a graceful, arching finish. A powerhouse, but a beauty, too. Azienda Agricola Elio Grasso 9.5 Points...

Roberto Voerzio Barolo Cerequio 2007

Roberto Voerzio Barolo Cerequio 2007

Roberto Voerzio's Barolo Cerequio 2007 is pure seduction. Perfumed, there is a heady outpouring of rose petals, Madagascar vanilla, black cherries, Italian plum, tar, black tea leaves, and tobacco. The attack is forceful, though not without composure, boasting stunning power and a graceful, masculine energy. Taught, fine-grained tannins, and a structured core signifies long aging potential. Notes of truffle, aged leather and tobacco lead into a polished and incredibly persistent finish.  Azienda Agricola Voerzio Roberto 9.6 Points ...

Agricola Brandini Langhe Arneis Le Coccinelle 2012

Agricola Brandini Langhe Arneis Le Coccinelle 2012

Brandini Le Coccinelle Langhe Bianco 2012 is a new the US market, and is well-worth seeking out. Fragrant, lilting aromas of crisp Asian pear, cherimoya, honeysuckle, and lemon thyme grace this classically-styled Arneis. Aged in stainless steel, it's medium-to-full bodied, nicely textured, and sports a vibrant acid backbone to offset notes of star fruit, dried honey, sea salt and chalk. From Dark Star Imports. 14.0% ABV | Sample Agricola Brandini 8.9 Points...

Elio Altare Langhe Nebbiolo Vigna Arborina 2009

Elio Altare Langhe Nebbiolo Vigna Arborina 2009

Here's a confession: I've become something of a fan of Elio Altare, and while opening the Arborina Langhe 2009 is admittedly premature, I've at least been able to sample its charms. Inviting notes of earth, forest berries, iced coffee, sweet tobacco and mint make way for a wine that is nicely balanced, with firm, mouth-coating tannins. It still possess a lot of freshness and youthful vigor that will continue to soften in time. A lovely, persistent finish that ends with plum and cherry pit. Azienda Agricola Elio Altare 9.1 Points...

Roagna Le Coste Barolo 2007

Roagna Le Coste Barolo 2007

Roagna's Le Coste Barolo 2007 offers poise and finesse, and superb value given the quality of this producer's wines. Opens with inviting aromas of spiced cherries, strawberries roasted in balsamic, roses, mint, and anise. Translucent towards the outer edges with an orange tinted rim, it's nicely structured with fine, supple tannins, medium acidity, and a touch of earth, cedar and gaminess on the back palate. This pure expression of Nebbiolo is grown in sandy, calcareous soils and sees extended maceration. Roagna 9.4 Points...