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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...

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 ...

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...