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Giorgio Pelissero Barbera d'Alba Piani 2013 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Langhe Nebbiolo 2013 (750 ml) Armando Piazzo Barbaresco 2014 (750 ml)
JS 92, V 91

Pelissero's 2013 Barbera d' Alba Piani embodies the virtues of this cool, late-ripening vintage. Freshly cut flowers, mint, hard candy, spices and sweet dark cherries are some of the notes that inform this vibrant, super-expressive Barbera. In 2013, Giorgio Pelissero did not bottle his top of the line Barbera Tulin; all the best fruit went into the Piani.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous
WS 91

Alluring aromas of flowers, cherry, strawberry, sandalwood and leather mark this muscular red. Finishes on the firm side, but should develop well. Drink now through 2021.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2015)
WE 88

This leads with woodland berry, blue flower and dried herb aromas. The palate is rather closed and austere but eventually reveals cranberry, pomegranate and crushed mint flavors through its frame of tightly wound tannins and vibrant acidity.

-Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2017)
Giovanni Rocca Bricco Ravera Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Beni di Batasiolo Barolo 2014 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Barbera d'Alba Tulin 2009 (750 ml)
WE 91

Rose, eucalyptus, espresso and exotic spice aromas lead into a linear, structured palate offering sour cherry, pomegranate star anise and roasted coffee flavors in this wine. Close-grained tannins leave a firm, tight finish. Drink 2023–2033.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)
The color is deep garnet red. The bouquet has all the typical aromas of the grape Nebbiolo after the aging period provided by the process of production, showing the dried fruit, flowers, spices, sweets, and the typical delicate herbaceous aromas. In the mouth, the perfect balance between tannins, freshness and the alcoholic content, offer truly powerful sensations but absolutely elegant and pleasing. Good intensity and persistence put this wine one of the best expressions of the Langa.
V 91, WS 90, IWC 90

This inky red offers plum, cherry jam, violet and tobacco aromas and flavors on a full, rich, powerful frame. Concentrated, needing air to cohere, with a firm grip of tannins on the finish. Only 750 cases made.

- Vinous
Luciano Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba 2016 (750 ml) Luciano Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba 2015 (750 ml) Viberti Giovanni 'Inisj' Langhe, Piedmont 2010 (750 ml)
WA 94

About ten producers make wine in the Valmaggiore cru in Roero (many of whom are reviewed here), and these wines get better each year I return to taste them. The 2016 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore is particularly beautiful, thanks to ideal growing conditions during that year. The Sandrone family counts 3.5 hectares in this location. As an alternative to Barolo, this wine presents a soft and graceful side of Nebbiolo with delicate fruit nuances and distinct mineral etchings. Indeed, the wine is almost salty in taste. The sandy soils of Valmaggiore contribute to shaping the wine's lively ruby appearance and those tangy wild berry aromas. This wine is only aged in neutral oak.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)
WA 93+

The Valmaggiore vineyard in Roero hill on the left bank of the Tanaro river has been pumping out some really impressive fruit lately. The 2015 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore is a prime example of this site-specific excellence. Nebbiolo from Valmaggiore tends to reveals floral intensity and that's what you pick up here. The bouquet is laced with many small details that keep your attention and form a greater web of nuance and complexity. Violets, wild berries, campfire ash and licorice root are part of this winning formula. The mouthfeel is consistently linear and tight. The Sandrone family first came to Valmaggiore in 1990. It took them several years to buy up the 28 individual parcels that form the three-hectare holding farmed today.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
WE 90

This full-bodied wine opens with aromas of blue flower, black berries and cooking spices. The palate delivers dark cherry layered with accents of chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and a hint of orange peel. Assertive tannins give way to a minty, fresh finish.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2014)
Armando Piazzo Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Vietti Vigna Scarrone Barbera d'Alba 2015 (750 ml) Giovanni Viberti Barolo Buon Padre 2013 (750 ml)
Classic Nebbiolo aromas of wild berry, aromatic herb, tilled soil and a balsamic note slowly emerge on this structured red. The focused, full-bodied palate offers wild cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon, white pepper, anise and mint alongside assertive tannins and bright acidity. It needs to come together but already boasts finesse and complexity. Drink 2019–2031.
WA 93, WS 93

The 2015 Barbera d'Alba Vigna Vecchia Scarrone is a beautifully crafted and accessible wine made with fruit from a historic vineyard. Luca Currado opted not to make Barbera in the difficult 2014 vintage. This wine opens to immediate density and richness. It shows succulent aromas of blackberry, spice, tar and dark plum that build the wine's soaring aromatic profile. Earthy tones of forest floor and black truffle also appear. The mouthfeel is on the soft side (of the Barbera spectrum) and there is a playful point of sweetness as well.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
WS 93, JS 93

This red shimmers with licorice, cherry, tar and mineral aromas and flavors. A bit heady, but expressive, with plenty of buried cherry notes at the core. Fresh and lightly chewy on the long finish. Best from 2021 through 2036.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2016)
Silvano Bolmida Bussia Vigne dei Fantini, Barolo 2012 (750 ml) Silvano Bolmida Bussia, Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Icardi Montubert, Barbaresco 2010 (750 ml)
WS 93

A floral aroma introduces this delicate red, whose cherry and leather flavors are ripe. Balanced overall, with sweet fruit, floral and light savory notes that linger on the aftertaste. Not a typical Barolo, this is more lacy in texture. Decant now or age for a few more years. Best from 2018 through 2029.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2017)
WS 93

Rose, cherry and strawberry aromas define this elegant red, whose flavors pick up hints of wild herbs, eucalyptus and mineral. Linear in profile and stretched taut, with a long finish. Best from 2020 through 2035.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2017)
WA 93

Icardi’s 2010 Barbaresco Montubert opens with dark concentration and a tight aromatic embroidery of tar, cola, licorice, cedar, dried cherry and black currant. The personality here is steady, strong and smart. Firm Nebbiolo structure holds it together beautifully. There is an initial shyness or restraint that unwinds as the wine spends more time in the glass. You can count on the same softening to occur with more cellar aging. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2013)
Poggio le Coste Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Tenute Cisa Asinari Marchesi di Gresy Martinenga, Barbaresco 2012 (750 ml) Ceretto Barolo 2014 (750 ml)
Deep garnet-red with orange reflections. Slightly floral notes of dried rose and violet, layered over a core of black tea and tobacco. Dry, elegantly austere and with soft tannins that accent dried chery and orange notes emerging in the lingering finish.
WA 91-93, WS 91

Tasted from barrel, the beautiful 2012 Barbaresco Martinenga is shaping up to be an exemplary edition of this celebrated wine. Already at this young stage, it shows an impressive level of harmony and intensity with an impeccable sense of vertical lift. This is a wine of energy and loud varietal voice. It speaks volumes of the Nebbiolo grape with etched tones of wild berry, balsam herb, cola and licorice.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)
V 91

Ceretto's 2014 Barolo offers lovely depth and fleshiness for the year. Silky tannins and a translucent expression of fruit give the wine tons of appeal. Dried cherry, rose petal, cedar, cinnamon and tobacco are finely knit in this very pretty, polished entry-level Barolo from Ceretto – and the more it sits in the glass, the prettier it gets. In 2014, Alessandro Ceretto did not bottle his Barolos from Brunate or Bricco Rocche, as he did not feel those wines were fully expressive of site. Instead, they were blended into the straight Barolo.
Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco 2012 (750 ml) Vignaioli Elvio Pertinace Barbaresco Marcarini 2012 (750 ml) Renato Corino Arborina, Barolo 2013 (750 ml)
WS 93

Intense aromas of cherry, tar, wild herb and camphor signal this rich, fleshy red. Cherry fruit comes forward on the palate, while tobacco, licorice and iron notes play supporting roles. The dusty tannins are moderate. Long finish. Best from 2019 through 2032.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2017)
WE 92

You'll find classic Nebbiolo scents of perfumed berry, rose, violet, tilled earth, leather and a hint of game in this striking wine. On the palate, notes of sage, white pepper and clove accent a core of red and black cherry. It's balanced with nervous acidity and gripping tannins.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2015)
WS 93

This beautiful red exudes rose, strawberry, cherry and mineral aromas and flavors, matched to a supple texture, with a vibrant structure underneath. More open than its peers today, but should evolve well nonetheless. Best from 2022 through 2036. 200 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)
Armando Piazzo Barbaresco Riserva 2012 (750 ml) Elvio Cogno Barolo Cascina Nuova 2012 (750 ml) La Spinetta 'Pin' Monferrato Rosso, Piedmont 2013 (750 ml)
Scorched earth, black-skinned berry, orange zest and baking spice are some of the aromas that emerge on this vibrant red. It's still nervous, offering flavors of raw red berry, white pepper and grilled herb alongside bracing tannins. A coffee note signals the close. Drink 2018–2026.
WE 92, WS 92

Underbrush, herb and woodland berry aromas take center stage in this fragrant red. The full-bodied palate deals morello cherry, cranberry and licorice, alongside firm, refined tannins. Drink through 2018–2023.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)
A full-bodied red with firm, chewy tannins and lots of dark-chocolate, ripe-fruit and spice undertones. Lots of fruit and flavor. Blend of barbera and nebbiolo.
Mauro Veglio Castelletto, Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Le Piane Boca Nebbiolo 2012 (750 ml) Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Monvigliero Barolo 2012 (750 ml)
WE 94

This wine's enticing rose, blue flower, menthol and herb scents come together in the glass. On the taut, precise palate, tightly knit, refined tannins enwrap crunchy red cherry and juicy cranberry flavors. White pepper and clove notes add depth, while bright acidity lends balance. Drink 2023–2035.

- Kerin O'Keefe, WIne Enthusiast (Oct, 2017)
WA 93

The 2012 Boca represents a traditional blend of 85% Nebbiolo with 15% Vespolina. It sees a longer maceration time and up to four years of aging in large oak casks. The bouquet in this vintage is slightly less expressive and subdued overall. As it warms in the glass, it begins a long and elegant presentation of dried rose, wild berry, licorice, campfire ash and white truffle. What sets this wine apart, however, is the extreme elegance and finesse of the mouthfeel.

Christoph Künzli is a man of infectious charisma and joyful optimism. I highly recommend a visit to his little tasting room on the main square in the town of Boca. He also produces some of the finest wines you will find in Alto Piemonte. This high-performing winery is a true treasure not only for Piedmont but for Italian wine in general.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2017)
WE 92, WS 91

Subdued aromas of menthol, dark spice and a whiff of leather lead the nose while the full-bodied palate offers mature black cherry, star anise and clove. Tightly wound tannins give a solid finish.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2016)
Cantina Vignaioli Elvio Pertinace Vigneto Nervo, Barbaresco 2011 (750 ml) Damilano Brunate Barolo 2012 (750 ml) Damilano Cerequio Barolo 2012 (750 ml)
WS 88

A dark, licorice- and tar-flavored version, with dense tannins and a spicy finish. Tightens up on the finish, which leaves a woolly feel on the gums. Best from 2017 through 2026.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2014)
WS 92

A juicy, vibrant style, this offers cherry, strawberry, spice and tea flavors, backed by a firm structure. Stays tight and compact on the finish, with enough complexity to show potential. Best from 2019 through 2030. 333 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2017)
WS 91

Aromatic and spicy, this elegant red delivers cherry, leather and tobacco flavors shaded by vanilla and licorice accents. The tannins are on the rustic side, gaining finesse with air. Best from 2019 through 2029.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2017)
Pecchenino Bussia, Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Armando Piazzo 'Sottocastello di Novello', Barolo Riserva 2012 (750 ml) Tenute Cisa Asinari Marchesi di Gresy Gaiun Martinenga, Barbaresco 2011 (750 ml)
WS 93, JS 93

Leads off with scents of graphite, mineral and menthol, giving way to flavors of cherry and black currant. Dense and powerful, with big, dusty tannins guarding the finish for now.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2018)
WE 88

Subdued aromas evoking sawdust, tobacco leaf and underbrush come together on this. The dense palate offers licorice, ripe dark-skinned fruit and roasted coffee beans alongside assertive tannins. Drink through 2024.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2018)
WA 93, WS 92

With 24 months in barrique, the 2011 Barbaresco Gaiun Martinenga exhibits a ripe and generous style with pretty aromatic embellishments that range from dark fruit and spice to chocolate and caramel cola. The bouquet is shapely, opulent and very pleasing. The wine shows a similar sense of balance in the mouth with well-managed tannins and fleshy fruit endnotes. It flaunts its youth now, but should only improve with more cellar aging. I suggest popping the cork in five years or more.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)
Giorgio Pelissero Long Now Langhe Rosso 2006 (750 ml) Icardi Barolo Parej 2009 (750 ml) Michele Chiarlo Cerequio, Barolo 2012 (750 ml)
WS 95, WA 92

Dark and brooding, featuring saturated black currant, wild herb and mineral aromas and flavors, just hinting at animal. This is backward and tightly structured with tannins, yet also concentrated and long, with sweetness prevailing in the end. Nebbiolo and Barbera. Best from 2015 through 2040. 780 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2010)
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)
WA 92

Cerequio is arguably Michele Chairlo's most important vineyard cru and the prominent Italian vintner has embraced its subtleties and nuances better than most. The 2012 Barolo Cerequio is interesting because although the aromatic intensity is muted compared to other more celebrated vintages, the wine's inner complexity is intact. The bouquet is redolent of wild berry, tar, smoke, licorice and spice. The overall effect is ethereal and pure.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2016 (750 ml) Silvano Bolmida Bussia Riserva, Barolo 2010 (750 ml) Ceretto Bricco Asili Bernardot, Barbaresco 2007 (750 ml)
Color: The color is garnet red with orange reflections. Bouquet: The bouquet is ample and embracing, with pronounced fruity notes of cherry and plum. Flavor: On the nose there are notes of tobacco, licorice, and cocoa. The taste is harmonious, and pleasantly dry with soft tannins. This wine is broad and full-bodied, with a persistent finish.
WS 94

Macerated cherry, plum and spice flavors are shaded by leather, tar and tobacco accents in this dense, beefy red. The aromas are beginning to open up. Balanced, with a long way to go. Best from 2019 through 2035.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)
JS 93, WA 93, IWC 91

The 2007 Barbaresco Bernardot is a highly attractive, soft wine redolent of crushed flowers, spices, licorice, tobacco and tar. Everything comes together beautifully in this textured, yet mid-weight, expressive Barbaresco. Spices, menthol and licorice linger on the impeccable, harmonious finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2027.
Giorgio Pelissero Long Now Langhe Rosso 2010 (750 ml) Beni di Batasiolo Vigneto Corda della Briccolina, Barolo 2008 (750 ml) Renato Ratti Conca, Barolo 2013 (750 ml)
V 94, WA 92

Given the personality of the year, I am not surprised to find the 2010 Long Now closed down. Over time some of the wine’s inner silkiness and perfume begins to emerge, but only slightly. There is plenty of energy and focus in the glass, but like all of Pelissero’s 2010s, the Long Now needs time. The superb energy and precision of the finish is promising for the future. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

Pelissero is without question one of the top-tier estates in Barbaresco. Every wine in this lineup is solid and well worth seeking out. In particular, the 2009 Barbareschi are some of the very finest wines I have ever tasted here. The management of the tannins – such a problem at other estates – was expertly handled. Pelissero’s 2010 Barbareschi had been bottled just before my visit and were too closed down to properly evaluate.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2012)
JS 90

An alluring red, this offers perfumed aromas of flowers, cherry and tar followed by juicy cherry, raspberry, licorice and spice flavors. Flesh covers the structure well, but could benefit from aging. Best from 2014 through 2030.

- James Suckling
WA 94, WE 93

The excellent 2013 Barolo Conca breaks away from past editions in terms of intensity and elegance. This classic vintage has produced a wine of power, heft and concentration. Yet that determination is delivered with polite manners. The base of the wine consists of ample structure and depth. The multilayered aromas on top peel back to reveal dark cherry, licorice and white truffle. This wine is endowed with generous heft and substance that should carry it steadily through its bottle evolution.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
Renato Ratti Rocche dell'Annunziata, Barolo 2013 750 ml) Giovanni Viberti Barolo Bricco delle Viole Riserva 2010 (750 ml) Icardi Barolo "Parej" 2007 (750 ml)
WA 95, WE 95

The Barolo Marcenasco is aged in large casks, whereas the 2013 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata sees a mix of smaller wood and barrique instead for a more robust and opulent style. This approach works very nicely across from the hearty intensity and austerity displayed by the Rocche dell'Annunziata fruit. This wine is beautifully redolent of dark cherry and spice with lingering notes of balsam and medical herb that add focus to the wine's already fragrant bouquet. This vintage will require patience. The wine is hard-headed and stubborn now. It needs time to relax with age.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
WA 94, JS 94

This offers intriguing aromas of chopped mint, menthol, leather, soil and spiced berry. The mint note carries over to the chewy palate, along with soothing licorice, clove and tobacco, all of which add depth to the core of juicy black cherry. Velvety tannins lend structure and polish. It's already accessible and will make wonderful imbibing over the next several years. Drink through 2025.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2016)
WS 93, WA 92

The 2007 Barolo Parej emerges from the glass with spices, freshly cut flowers, licorice and sweet red cherries. It is a relatively mid-weight wine for the year, but the bright red fruit nevertheless shows considerable depth. Sweet floral notes wrap around the finish. The Parej is a supple, fruit-driven Barolo but I find myself drawn in by the wine's exuberant, sexy personality. Silky tannins frame the long finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2011)
Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Fossati, Barolo 2010 (750 ml) Giovanni Viberti Barolo La Volta Riserva 2010 (750 ml) Giovanni Viberti Barolo San Pietro Riserva 2011 (750 ml)
WS 92

A silky, elegant style, offering cherry, spice, tobacco and mineral flavors. Balanced and gaining composure with air, so decant now or cellar for two to three years. Fine length. Best from 2018 through 2029.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2016)
JS 94, WE 93

Red berry, dried rose, leather, eucalyptus and baking spice aromas slowly take shape in the glass. The ripe, juicy palate offers black cherry extract, raspberry, anisette and clove alongside firm, refined tannins. A tobacco note wraps up the finish. Drink 2017–2022.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2016)
WS 93

A rich, meaty style, boasting cherry, plum, tobacco and underbrush flavors. Well-structured yet harmonious, with a long finish of autumn woods and tobacco. Best from 2021 through 2035.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2018)
Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2014 (750 ml) Gaja Rossj-Bass Langhe 2017 (750 ml) Cavallotto Bricco Boschis Vignolo, Barolo Riserva 2010 (750 ml)
WS 94

Enticing flavors of sweet cherry and strawberry are accented by leather, licorice and tar details in this solidly built yet supple red. Notes of wild herb, menthol, mineral and underbrush add interest as this plays out on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2043.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2018)

WA 90+

Crisp and luminous, the 2016 Langhe Rossj-Bass is Chardonnay enhanced with a tiny part Sauvignon Blanc. This second grape only constitutes 5% of the blend, yet its presence is felt in a big way. The wine presents pristine and sharply delineated tones of exotic fruit, peach and white rose. Fruit is sourced in Barbaresco and in Serralunga d'Alba. This wine delivers a bright spot of acidity that was shaped by the steep diurnal temperature shifts that characterized the tail end of the growing season. Much work has been achieved in the vineyards to optimize farming and to ensure that ripening does not advance too quickly or with too much alcohol.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
WE 97, WS 95, WA 94+

After a few minutes in the glass, this stunning wine opens up to reveal classic Nebbiolo aromas of leather, tilled soil, underbrush, fragrant blue flower and ripe berry. The juicy concentrated palate dishes out layers of succulent black cherry, crushed raspberry, anise and pipe tobacco framed in firm, velvety tannins. Drink 2022–2035.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2016)
Ceretto-Bricco Rocche Barolo Brunate 2012 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Tulin, Barbaresco 2011 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Tulin, Barbaresco 2003 (750 ml)
WS 94, WA 93, WE 92

A sleek, linear style whose macerated cherry and berry flavors are framed by spicy oak, tobacco and graphite notes, with tannins that are tight and assertive now, but this has balance and finesse overall, and lingering sweet fruit in the aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2038. 210 cases made.

-Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (April, 2017)
V 95+, IWC 92

Impresses for its crystalline purity. Bright veins of chalky salinity support the fruit in a drip-dead gorgeous, vibrant Barbaresco built on energy and nuance. An exotic finish laced with hints of tangerine peel, rose petal, anise and spices rounds things out beautifully. This is one of the most polished, graceful wines I have ever tasted from Giorgio Pelissero.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Oct, 2014)
WA 89

The 2003 Barbaresco Tulin presents a dark expression of Nebbiolo in its deep, penetrating aromatics as well as its backward super-ripe fruit, earthy smoke and tar flavors. It is a big, full-bodied effort, with notable concentration as well as length, and an imposing tannic structure. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2017.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2006)
Luciano Sandrone Le Vigne, Barolo 2012 (750 ml) Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio Monprivato, Barolo 2012 (750 ml) Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio Monprivato, Barolo 2011 (750 ml)
WS 95, WA 93

A hint of oak lends this a spicy component, along with cherry, licorice and tar flavors. Racy and bright, with fine intensity and a long, tightly wound finish that seems to go on forever. This shows beautiful purity and class. Best from 2020 through 2036.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2017)
WE 95, WS 95, WA 94

A mix of chocolate, cherry, earth and tar flavors are allied to a dense structure in this red. Initially tannic, this needs several hours of aeration to reveal its true personality, delivering cherry, leather, licorice and spice flavors that marry harmoniously with the silky texture, with excellent length. Best from 2022 through 2038.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (April, 2017)
WE 95, WA 95, WS 95

No matter the vintage - hot or cold - this special wine always stays true to itself. The 2011 Barolo Monprivato is not as precise or polished as the excellent 2010 vintage, but the wine offers abundant elegance and generosity nonetheless. Dark fruit is followed by pipe tobacco, licorice and cola. These elements achieve a beautiful level of balance, depth and unity. Some tartness appears on the close. This wine demonstrates that you can't beat an excellent vineyard site when it comes to making iconic wines.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Gramolere, Barolo 2012 (1.5 Liter) Giorgio Pelissero Barbaresco Vanotu 2009 (750 ml) Falletto di Bruno Giacosa Asili, Barbaresco 2012 (750 ml)
V 94

The 2012 Barolo Gramolere is the most complete and convincing of the three single vineyard Barolos. It is also the wine with most intense expression of site. Blood orange, mint, rose petal, pine, kirsch and anise give the 2012 its characteristic high-toned aromatic profile, while intensely saline, Gramolere tannins add backbone. Deeply colored yet translucent, with notable freshness, the Gramolere is the star this year. Specifically, the 2012 is remarkably vivid, with all the nuance and complexity that only Nebbiolo can deliver.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous
IWC 93+, WA 93+

Higher-pitched on the nose than the Nubiola and Tulin, offering scents of black fruits, violet and dried rose. Juicy and energetic in a calcaire way, combining attractive sweetness with excellent definition. This is every bit as sweet as the 2008 Vanotu, with even more floral character in the mouth. The superb mounting back end features firm-edged tannins and noteworthy verve. In style, this really transcends the vintage.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2012)
WE 95, WA 94, WS 93

Bruno Giacosa's 2012 Barbaresco Asili benefitted from a warm growing season. The wine opens to a dark, compact appearance and shows an impressive level of aromatic intensity and complexity. The tannins are slightly less mature and more astringent in 2012 compared to 2011. This bodes well for the aging potential of this beautiful wine. Fresh acidity caps a very pretty portrait of the Nebbiolo grape. This is a lovely offering from this historic producer.

Bruna Giacosa tells me that the 2014 vintage posed greater challenges to the Barolo area than it did to Barbaresco. Barolo got twice the rainfall compared to Barbaresco. Specific pinpoint areas of Monforte d'Alba and La Morra lost up to 80% of their crop to the soggy conditions. The Barbaresco area lost 20% on average in return.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)
Vietti Ravera Barolo 2014 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Vanotu, Barbaresco 2007 (750 ml) Paolo Scavino Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva, Barolo 2011 (750 ml)
V 97, WA 95

Another highlight in this range, the 2014 Barolo Ravera opens with the most exquisite, captivating aromatics imaginable. It will be interesting to see if it develops a bit more midpalate depth and pliancy. Today, the 2014 is a bit austere, even within the context of the year and this site, where the wines are a bit on the nervous side to start. I have seen Vietti Raveras blossom into spectacular wines and imagine that will be the case here as well. Readers should not plan on opening a bottle anytime soon.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous

V 93, IWC 92

The 2007 Barbaresco Vanotu is an intense wine that expresses the warm, open quality of the vintage, but with a touch more gravitas. Sweet, sensual and totally inviting, the Vanotu swirls around in the glass with dark cherries, mocha, leather and grilled herbs. The French oak is nicely integrated, and there are virtually no hard edges to be found in this beauty, with the exception of the young Nebbiolo tannins that occasionally come through. A few additional years in bottle should help this exceptional Barbaresco find its center, although in truth it is already pretty striking. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.

Pelissero is one of my favorite producers in Barbaresco. Year in, year out proprietor Giorgio Pelissero does a fabulous job with all of his wines, from top to bottom.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Dec, 2010)
WA 96, WE 96, WS 95

This is among Paolo Scavino's latest releases. The 2011 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva is a profound and generous wine from a hot vintage. The fruit is opulent and soft with blackberry, dried cherry and dark plum on prime display. The wine emits clear confidence and quality that is evident in the intensity and the depth displayed here. Additional layering and complexity is provided by lingering tones of spice, tobacco, moist earth and white truffle. This beautifully-crafted Barolo delivers the grace and the inherent age-worthiness of the La Morra township.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
Giorgio Pelissero Vanotu, Barbaresco 2005 (750 ml) Ceretto Bricco Rocche, Barolo DOCG 2007 (750 ml) Icardi Montubert, Barbaresco 2010 (3 Liter)
V 93, IWC 92

The 2005 Barbaresco Vanotu is the biggest and ripest of this trio of Barbarescos. An expansive, generous wine, it possesses remarkable density and richness in its dark fruit, mint and sweet toasted oak. The wine continues to grow in the glass, gradually revealing its superb pedigree. Floral notes on the long finish provide lift and give the wine an element of grace that hasn’t always been present in past vintages. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2018.

I was extremely impressed with these new releases from proprietor Giorgio Pelissero. Readers may also want to take a look at Issue 178 for notes on the estate’s value-priced wines.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Oct, 2008)
WA 94+, WS 92

The 2007 Barolo Bricco Rocche is understated and classy all the way. Freshly cut roses, licorice, new leather, spices and dark red fruit are woven into a rich fabric of notable class. The open, inviting personality of the vintage is on full display. The tannins possess a silky elegance that is simply marvelous. The Bricco Rocche always gets the highest amount of new oak, but it’s hard to see this vineyard being the best suited to that treatment. At its best the Bricco Rocche is an elegant, sexy wine that might respond better to a slightly more delicate hand. Still, that is a fairly small criticism for what is otherwise a fabulous wine. This is a hugely promising Barolo from Ceretto. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027.

This is a truly impressive set of 2007 Baroli from Ceretto. I can’t remember the last time I tasted young wines here with such lovely balance. The French oak seems far better measured than was the case just a few short years ago.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2011)

WA 93

Icardi’s 2010 Barbaresco Montubert opens with dark concentration and a tight aromatic embroidery of tar, cola, licorice, cedar, dried cherry and black currant. The personality here is steady, strong and smart. Firm Nebbiolo structure holds it together beautifully. There is an initial shyness or restraint that unwinds as the wine spends more time in the glass. You can count on the same softening to occur with more cellar aging. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2013)
Castello di Neive Santo Stefano Riserva, Barbaresco 2007 (1.5 Liter) Giorgio Pelissero Barbaresco "Nubiola" 2010 (3 Liter) Vietti Castiglione, Barolo 2014 (5 Liter)
WE 93, WA 91

The estate’s 2007 Barbaresco Riserva Santo Stefano is big, plush and inviting, but also a bit on the heavy side. Aging in French oak has given the 2007 Riserva significant textural depth and volume, but also left the wine with a sense of heaviness that is inescapable. I don’t see the 2007 as built for the long-term, but at the same time, the wine’s open, generous personality will provide plenty of pleasure over the next decade, if not longer. Overall, this is a bit on the monolithic side. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2012)
V 94, WA 91

The 2010 Barbaresco Nubiola is a well-priced wine that delivers a beautiful and subdued appearance with bright garnet and ruby highlights. The feminine, but profound bouquet shows tones of pressed blue flower, cherry, wild berry and dark spice. The wine drinks young at this stage and promises a steady evolution thanks to the natural freshness of the acidity and the astringent youthfulness of the tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2013)
WA 93, V 93

This is a terrific and flexible expression of Nebbiolo that can adopt to almost any dinner party setting. The 2014 Barolo Castiglione was designed for people who want to enjoy Barolo in an easy and direct manner. This Barolo is offered at higher production numbers, although this vintage is comparatively smaller. On average they make anywhere from 44,000 to 53,000 bottles, but in 2014 only 35,000 bottles were produced. The bouquet here is generous and broad with dark fruit, spice and tar. You even get a touch of citrus or dried orange peel. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner and more delicate in this vintage. Yet the tannins leave a firm footprint and promise a good aging future ahead.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)
Vietti Ravera, Barolo 2014 (5 Liter)
V 97, WA 94

To my palate, the Ravera cru is one of the most immediately recognizable in the entire Barolo appellation. It gives off robust aromas of cherry liqueur and bitter chocolate. Those are two of the beautifully polished characteristics you get with the 2014 Barolo Ravera. But there is a lot more complexity to behold in this wine. Subtle notes of balsam herb, crushed mineral and rusty iron also appear. This next descriptor might seem awkward to a non-Italian readership, but you might even detect a hint of perfumed anchovy. It's all good and all beautiful.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)