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JS 96, WS 95, WA 95, IWC 93

The 2008 Barolo Cicala is beautifully focused and vibrant from start to finish. It boasts fabulous energy and sheer tension in its ripe red berries, spices, crushed flowers and mint. All the elements come together beautifully in this pure, delineated Barolo. Huge, powerful tannins provide the backdrop for layers of cool, mineral-infused fruit. There is a pulsating energy to the Cicala that is absolutely irresistible. This is another fabulous showing. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028.

- Antonio Galloni (April, 2012)

JS 96, WS 96, WA 95

The 2008 Barolo Colonnello is impressive. It shows gorgeous richness and depth in its focused, energetic fruit. Sweet red berries, flowers and spices are woven together beautifully in the 2008 Colonnello. The elegant side of Barolo comes through, but with an extra degree of muscle. The oak, sometimes noticeable in this bottling, is very well-integrated. Floral notes are woven throughout the finish. The Colonnello often gives the impression of being early to mature relative to the estate’s other Baroli, but the 2008 is surprisingly powerful and structured. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033.

- Antonio Galloni (April, 2012)
WS 99, WA 97, IWC 94

Shows excellent color and richness for a Sangiovese, with aromas of sultana, coffee, toasty oak and vanilla bean. Full-bodied, with masses of fruit and chewy tannins. The concentration and depth of fruit and layers of tannins are breathtaking. A blockbuster. Best after 2014.
Bright with a deep ruby core, lighter with a bit of garnet toward the rim. Rich and aromatic with dark fruit of black cherry, cassis, exotic licorice, cinnamon, and subtle vanilla spice with sweet notes of tobacco, a little cocoa, and subtle toasted cedar in the background. Full-bodied with black cherry and classic black currant fruit, complex brown spice of star anise, licorice with cocoa, and herbal notes of sweet tobacco and a hint of eucalyptus. The rest is classic Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon — fruit, complex spice, and mineral flavors balanced with guiding structural elements on a long, memorable finish.

Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot

WA 95, WS 95 (Top 100: 2014, Rank: 14)

The 2011 Flaccianello della Pieve is 100% Sangiovese aged 24 months in new French oak and two months in large oak cask. I’m not sure how Fontodi does it, but this edition of Flaccianello is simply beautiful. It is a seamless expression with lingering tones of red cherry, coffee, spice, truffle and red rose that flow harmoniously into unison. In the mouth, the wine shows great opulence and textural richness that is pushed forward by the stylistic softness of the tannins and the wine’s inner freshness. Pretty menthol tones appear on the finish. Drink: 2015-2030.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
WS 99, WA 97, IWC 94

Shows excellent color and richness for a Sangiovese, with aromas of sultana, coffee, toasty oak and vanilla bean. Full-bodied, with masses of fruit and chewy tannins. The concentration and depth of fruit and layers of tannins are breathtaking. A blockbuster. Best after 2014.
Eric et Joel Durand Cornas Empreintes 2011 (750 ml)
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IWC 92

The 2009 Licinia is a blend of 40% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 30% Tempranillo aged sur lie for 12 months in predominantly French oak with occasional batonnage. Purple-colored, it offers up a bouquet of smoke, pencil lead, Asian spices, violets, black cherry, and blackberry. Restrained and elegant on the palate, it has ample savory fruit, good depth and concentration, and enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years. Drink this classy effort from 2013 to 2023.
WA 92, WS 91

Moving to the 2011s (which is compared to 2000 or 2004 by the Durand brothers), both of which were in bottle at the time of this tasting, the 2011 Cornas Empreintes offers up smoky, earthy notes of truffle, black currants, creme de cassis and damp soil to go with a medium to full-bodied, pure and lively profile on the palate. Gaining in richness and depth in the glass, it’s a beautifully done Cornas to drink over the coming decade.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2013)
WA 96, WS 94

The 2009 Barolo Romirasco is an incredibly rich and powerful wine and by far the most elaborate of the bunch. Those oak-driven notes of spice and toasted nut will require many more years of bottle aging until they fully integrate, but the wine certainly shows the girth and consistency to bring it forward over time. Lingering notes of mocha, espresso, cola, dark spice, plum and dried blackberries complete the finish. Don’t even think of opening this bottle anytime soon. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040.


- Monica Larner of the Wine Advocate (June, 2013)
WS 93

Sleek, rich and polished, with great depth and structure, firming from midpalate on and allowing the ripe currant, blackberry, mineral and cedar notes to fold together nicely, with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2022. 500 cases made
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- James Laube, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2011)
WA 93+

The 2009 Barolo Parej is a slow to evolve wine that grows in careful increments and measured intensity with each swirl of the glass. The aromas veer over to the dark side with licorice, tar, asphalt, plum, dark berry and wet earth. It’s well worth waiting to see where it will go. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2013)
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