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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
WA 89, IWC 89

The 2011 Langhe Nebbiolo is another attractive, entry-level wine that overdelivers. Juicy dark berries, crushed flowers and cinnamon come to life as this expansive, generous Nebbiolo shows off its class. An expressive, perfumed finish adds complexity and considerable appeal. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.

- Anotnio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2012)
WA 88

The 2013 Barbresco is a plump and yielding wine with a soft and opulent approach. The flavor profile spans across spice, ripe fruit, tar and licorice. You taste the sweetness of the primary fruit at its core. Soft tannins give more support and the wine finishes with a supple and velvety texture.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jan, 2017)
LM 98

With fruit reminiscent of Pinot Noir from Burgundy, nuances of velvety rich fruit and tea spice softly enchant the palate. Seductive and enthralling tannins perfectly balance the fragrance of fruit and a subtle scent of oak. Powerful and majestic, this bold Pinot finishes with refined elegance and a note of aged balsamic, cherry, and vanilla.

- Luca Maroni's' Annuario dei migliori vini italiani' (Annual Guide to Italian Wine)
JS 90

A silky Barolo with plenty of plum, cedar and walnut aromas and flavors. Medium body, caressing mouthfeel and a delicious finish. Drink or hold.

- James Suckling (March, 2016)
WA 92

The 2008 Barbera d’Alba Bricco Loira is a gorgeous, mineral-infused wine laced with dark fruit, licorice, spices and a hint of oak. This isn’t a blockbuster, but rather a wine that impresses for its gorgeous inner perfume, silky tannins and exceptional overall balance. I found this bottle quite a bit more interesting and complete than the bottle I tasted last year. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2011)
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. Drink now through 2018. Only 750 cases made.

- Vinous
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)
There’s a ripe, almost jammy quality to the bouquet of this Riserva Barbaresco that appears as raspberry or strawberry candy with subtle cola, leather and tar aromas at the back. The wine is tight and compact with the kind of firmness in the mouth that suggests it needs another five years of bottle aging.
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 92

The 2009 Barbaresco Albesani Santo Stefano unfurls on the palate with layers of highly expressive dark fruit. Hints of menthol, smoke, incense, leather and tobacco appear later, adding considerable depth and complexity. A plush, open finish rounds things out in style. Though fresher than the straight bottling, the Santo Stefano is also remarkably open today. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2024.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2012)
JS 93, WA 92

Ceretto presents a fine expression of Barolo (with fruit sourced from various sites) in the 2012 Barolo. The wine is redolent of pressed flowers, cassis, dried raspberry and grilled herb. Lighter, more vertical aromas of cola, smoke, campfire ash, dried ginger and toasted anise seed lift gently from the back. The mouthfeel boasts savory, ripe fruit and offers a distant note of succulent sweetness.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
WE 90

Leafy underbrush, leather, truffle, grilled herb and tilled soil aromas lead the way. The dense, forward palate doles out juicy black cherry, star anise, tobacco and an earthy hint of game while velvety tannins give it a smooth, polished texture. It has immediate appeal and will offer fine drinking for the next few years. Drink through 2020.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2016)
WA 89

Luciano Sandrone's 2014 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore is a terrific drinking wine that offers fresh fruit, pretty balsam intensity and crisp acidity on the close. A bottle like this begs for a wood-oven pizza topped with spicy sausage or wild mushrooms. It exhibits fine tannins and an easy overall approach.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
JS 92

What a wonderful red with aromas of sliced tangerines and blueberries. Very perfumed nose. Full body, with silky tannins and a beautiful texture. Delicious finish. Bright acidity and freshness to the ripe fruits. Excellent for the vintage.

- James Suckling
JS 94, WE 92, V 91

A rich and flavorful red with plum, dried orange peel and a chocolate finish. Full body, round tannins and a savory finish.

- James Suckling (April, 2015)
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)
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)
WE 93

Wild berry, red rose, baking spice and a balsamic note meld together in the glass. The structured, savory palate doles out juicy wild cherry, crushed raspberry, anise, cinnamon and tobacco. Bracing but refined tannins provide the framework. Drink 2018 through 2026.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2016)
WS 94, JS 94

Firm and salty, this red delivers cherry, strawberry, mineral and tobacco notes. Tightens up on the finish, so probably best to wait another five years. Delivers fine harmony and a lasting finish. Best from 2019 through 2035. 665 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2015)
Ruby-red in color with garnet highlights. Aromas of dried cherries and rose petals are complemented by undertones of violets, licorice, vanilla, and spices. On the palate, this wine is medium-bodied and rich with flavors of tart cherries, rose petals, and hints of truffles with a long, impressive finish.
WS 91

Expressive, with effusive aromas of sweet cherry, earth, leather and spice. The tannins are chalky, but overall this is balanced and well-structured, lingering with tobacco and mineral notes. Best from 2018 through 2032.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (March, 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)
WA 90

Claudio Icardi’s 2006 Barbaresco Montubert is an attractive, fruit-driven Barbaresco bursting with generous dark cherries, plums, spices and flowers. The wine possesses excellent length and soft, polished tannins that make it accessible with a minimum of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2016.

- Antoni Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct 2009)
V 94

Impeccable. Dark red cherries, freshly cut flowers, mint and crushed rocks take shape in the glass. The style is focused, tense and energetic. Sweet floral, tobacco and spice notes develop in the glass, adding depth, complexity & nuance.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Nebbiolo (85%) and Vespolina (15%)
The mineral composition of the porphyry soil together with the characteristics of the Nebbiolo grapes create in “Boca” a full expressive wine. Flavors are reminiscent of well-matured wood berries, tobacco and leather with hints of balsamic and citrus fruits. Power and silky elegance develop in the mouth which plays with a slightly noble-bitter finish.
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)
WE 91, WS 90, JS 90

Oak, roasted coffee bean and star anise aromas lead the nose. On the palate, notes of fennel, licorice, mocha and espresso lend depth to a core of dried cherry while firmly delineated tannins provide the framework. Drink after 2020.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2016)
V 94, WE 94

This elegant Barolo from Verduno’s famed Monvigliero hill shows plenty of character. It has layers of dark cherry, white pepper, mint, spice and chocolate. This has a wonderful creamy, silky texture and is just loaded with finesse. It’s already very enjoyable.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2013)
WE 93, WA 92, WS 93

The 2010 Barolo Cascina Nuova is great example of the elegant wines crafted in the Novello township of Barolo. The wine offers deep layers of bold fruit and cherry, but it also shows delicate highlights of mint and wild sage that add an extra sense of depth and dimension. Its texture is rich and supple and that plush concentration goes a long way on the finish. Drink: 2016-2026.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2014)
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 93

An alluring, fruity style, boasting black cherry, raspberry and menthol flavors, backed by chalky tannins. Elegant and firm, this loses some rusticity with air on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2032. 350 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)
V 92

Gaja's 2013 Rossj-Bass is quite expressive and nuanced. Scents of apricot pit, peach, mint, flowers and white pepper meld together effortlessly, while lightly honeyed notes add richness and texture through to the finish. All the elements fall into place in this effortless, gracious white from Gaja.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Dec, 2015)
WE 92, JS 91

This opens with aromas of menthol, chopped mint, ripe berry, leather, underbrush and a hint of toasted oak. On the firm palate, tightly wound tannins weave through Morello cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon and a balsamic note. Drink after 2020.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2016)
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)
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)
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)
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)
WE 95, WS 93, WA 93, JS 93

Fragrant blue flower, perfumed berry, leather, cake spice and a balsamic note are some of the scents you'll find on this gorgeous, forward Barolo. The delicious palate offers raspberry, wild cherry, cinnamon, white pepper clove and tobacco. Ripe, polished tannins make this already accessible but it will also age well for a decade or more. Enjoy 2016–2023.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2015)
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.
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 96, V 93

The 2012 Barolo Sorì Ginestra is one of the more understated wines I have tasted here in some time. Silky, pliant and expressive, the 2012 boasts considerable aromatic presence to match its overall weight and intensity on the palate. A host of lavender, smoke, mint, plum, spice and savory herb overtones add the closing shades of nuance.

- Vinous
WS 94, IWC 93, WA 92+

The Barbaresco Gaiun has long been the estate’s most fruit-driven, supple Barbaresco. The 2006 possesses exceptional balance, particularly in the integration of the French oak. Initially bright, the wine turns darker in the glass as the fruit begins to emerge. This shows an attractive roundness on the palate, but with a touch less extraction and a bit more freshness than is often the case. Signature floral, spiced notes linger on the impeccable finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2010)
WE 91, WA 91

The 2007 Barolo Riserva La Volta is aged in oak cask (50 hectoliters) with a strange floral presence makes me think of pressed violets with some petrol nuances. This still needs much more time to unwind. With its very distinct personality, I wonder if I should lower the scores, as it is pungent, a bit rustic and raw. It is powerful. Drink: 2015-2023.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (July, 2014)
WA 91

The 2007 Barolo Riserva Bricco delle Viole also shows aged tones of cured meat and seems drying more ash driven than the previous. No fresh fruit and the oak barrel used here makes the traditional imprint clear. Drink: 2015-2025.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (July, 2014)
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
JS 95, WE 94, WS 93

Fragrant and elegantly structured, this radiant red offers scents fragrant blue flower, aromatic herb and wild berry. The structured palate offers ripe red cherry, orange peel, cake spice and star anise alongside a backbone of assertive but polished tannins. Drink 2022–2032.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2016)
WE 94, WA 93

The 2011 Barolo Cerequio is another spectacular offering from Michele Chiarlo, a producer who has a knack for making faithfully consistent wines no matter what the vintage conditions. What stands out here is the balance and the intensity of the fruit. Fragrant tones of dark fruit, dried cherry, liquid smoke, cola and licorice emerge from the bouquet in a steady stream. That continuous and unbroken flow of goodness segues to the palate.

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

Intense aromas of mature black cherry, licorice, leather and a balsamic note lead the nose and follow over to the palate along with cranberry and a note of pipe tobacco. Tightly packed, rather austere tannins provide firm support and need time to unwind.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)
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)
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)
WS 91

Sweet cherry, plum, licorice and tobacco flavors pick up hints of eucalyptus and spice in this luscious, well-balanced red. There are ample tannins, but they are easily matched by sweet fruit on the lingering aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2032.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2017)
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)
V 93, IWC 91

The deepest and most voluptous of Pelissero's 2011s., the Barbaresco Vanotu possess notable depth and textural volume. Dark red and black stone fruits, spices, mint, wild flowers and new leather blossom in the glass. As always, Vanotu is a rich, powerful Barbaresco. Ideally, readers will be able to let the wine sit in the cellar for a few years to allow some of the baby fat to melt away.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Oct, 2014)
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)
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, Vinous (Oct, 2012)
JS 96, WS 94, WA 94

The 2012 Barolo Ravera is a beautiful wine and a fully-loaded Nebbiolo. The wine offers thick lines and deep concentration with seamless integration even at this very young stage in its evolution. The bouquet is redolent of dried cherry, spice, tar and tilled earth. This is a wine of utmost elegance, grace and nobility. Past vintages have appeared firmly closed when tasted too young, but the 2012 vintage is more relaxed and un-clenched than expected.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)

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)
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)
IWC 94, WA 92

Sexy, expressive nose offers plum, redcurrant, mocha, coffee, spices and underbrush. Wonderfully silky and sweet but gripping, with the impression of decadence shown by Rinaldi's wines in ripe years. This has more mid-palate richness to support its big, building tannins than the San Lorenzo-Ravera bottling. Finishes with lovely energy and impressive length. A great success in the context of the year. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.
WE 96, WS 94

Multifaceted aromas of rose, iris, leather, cranberry, truffle and the barest hint of game lead the nose. The radiant palate offers creamy strawberry, ripe red cherry, orange zest, baking spice, dried herb and tobacco alongside firm but polished tannins. Fresh acidity provides balance while a mineral vein energizes the finish. With its smooth texture, it's already tempting but hold for even more complexity. Drink 2018–2026.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2016)
WS 95, WA 94, IWC 92-94

A seductive red, drawing you in with its pure cherry and floral aromas and flavors, then capturing you with the silky texture and harmonious profile. Stays fresh and elegant, with a long, ethereal finish. Best from 2015 through 2030. 500 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator
(Nov, 2012)
WA 92, IWC 91

Rinaldi’s 2003 Barolo Brunate/Le Coste is deeply flavored and intense, with more than enough fruit to balance its tannic structure. The characteristic balsamic notes that are typical of this wine literally jump out of the glass. This seriously long and powerful Barolo is also remarkably accessible and is a great introduction to one of Piedmont’s great wines. When tasted separately the different qualities of the two vineyards are striking. Brunate provides the muscle and complexity, while Le Coste gives the wine a measure of softness. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.

- Antonio Galloni
WA 91, IWC 91

The 2003 Barolo Cannubi (San Lorenzo)/Ravera is sweet and ripe with the essence of perfumed sweet cherries and raspberries. It is made in a soft, seductive style that is unusual for this producer and which makes the wine very accessible even at this stage. Anticipated maturity: Now-2019.

- Antonio Galloni
WE 93, IWC 92, WA 91

Thisis a surprisingly, open, accessible Barolo from Giuseppe Rinaldi. Dried cherries, tobacco, spices and flowers come together in a round, sensual style. The wine reveals outstanding length and dusty tannins on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2009)
WE 95, WS 94

Mature dark berry, cake spice, baked earth, leather and a whiff of game are just some of the aromas you'll find on this impressive wine. The chewy palate offers ripe black cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon, white pepper and aromatic herb alongside a backbone of firm, ripe tannins and racy acidity. Drink 2019–2031.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2016)
WS 95, WA 94, IWC 93

The wood initially lends a dill and sawdust quality to the cherry fruit. With air, this reveals greater purity to its strawberry and raspberry flavors. Very elegant, resonating on the long, red berry and mineral aftertaste. Ethereal and old-school. Best from 2013 through 2029. 450 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator
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)
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)
WE 96, WS 94

Multifaceted aromas of rose, iris, leather, cranberry, truffle and the barest hint of game lead the nose. The radiant palate offers creamy strawberry, ripe red cherry, orange zest, baking spice, dried herb and tobacco alongside firm but polished tannins. Fresh acidity provides balance while a mineral vein energizes the finish. With its smooth texture, it's already tempting but hold for even more complexity. Drink 2018–2026.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2016)
WS 95, WA 94, IWC 93

The wood initially lends a dill and sawdust quality to the cherry fruit. With air, this reveals greater purity to its strawberry and raspberry flavors. Very elegant, resonating on the long, red berry and mineral aftertaste. Ethereal and old-school. Best from 2013 through 2029. 450 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (April, 2012)
WS 95, WA 94, IWC 92-94

A seductive red, drawing you in with its pure cherry and floral aromas and flavors, then capturing you with the silky texture and harmonious profile. Stays fresh and elegant, with a long, ethereal finish. Best from 2015 through 2030. 500 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator
(Nov, 2012)
V 94, IWC 91

The 2011 Barbaresco Nubiola is exceptionally beautiful and expressive. Spices, dark red stone fruits, mint and leather all meld together in a pliant, expressive Barbaresco that will drink well early. Sweet floral notes, anise and rose petal are laced throughout the finish. Ripe, silky tannins provide the backdrop for a gracious, understated Barbaresco. The 2011 brings together the freshness of the 2010 with the fruit density of the 2009, a pretty appealing combination in my book.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Oct, 2014)
V 94

The 2011 Barbaresco Nubiola is exceptionally beautiful and expressive. Spices, dark red stone fruits, mint and leather all meld together in a pliant, expressive Barbaresco that will drink well early. Sweet floral notes, anise and rose petal are laced throughout the finish. Ripe, silky tannins provide the backdrop for a gracious, understated Barbaresco. The 2011 brings together the freshness of the 2010 with the fruit density of the 2009, a pretty appealing combination in my book.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Oct, 2014)