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Giorgio Pelissero Langhe Nebbiolo 2015 (750 ml) Armando Piazzo Barbaresco 2015 (750 ml) Giovanni Rocca Bricco Ravera Barolo 2013 (750 ml)
WS 88

A dense version, yet expressing cherry, leather and tobacco flavors, backed by a firm structure. The tobacco note lingers, along with white pepper and spice notes. Best from 2019 through 2027.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2017)
WE 90

Aromas of woodland berry, new leather and forest floor lead the nose. The savory palate offers red cherry, star anise and white pepper alongside polished tannins and fresh acidity.

-Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2018)
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)
Beni di Batasiolo Barolo 2014 (750 ml) Luciano Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba 2016 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Barbera d'Alba Tulin 2009 (750 ml)
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.
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)
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
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)
Icardi Montubert, Barbaresco 2010 (750 ml) Poggio le Coste Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Barbaresco "Nubiola" 2015 (750 ml)
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)
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.
WS 92

Marked by new oak, in an attractive way, this red delivers coconut, vanilla and spice notes over cherry, tar and underbrush flavors. Shows an extra layer of tannins that needs to be resolved. Best from 2022 through 2036.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (March, 2019)
Silvano Bolmida Bussia Vigne dei Fantini, Barolo 2012 (750 ml) Tenute Cisa Asinari Marchesi di Gresy Martinenga, Barbaresco 2012 (750 ml) Ceretto Barolo 2014 (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)
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) Silvano Bolmida Bussia, Barolo 2013 (750 ml) La Spinetta 'Pin' Monferrato Rosso, Piedmont 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)
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)
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.
Armando Piazzo Barbaresco Riserva 2012 (750 ml) Elvio Cogno Barolo Cascina Nuova 2012 (750 ml) Marcarini Brunate, Barolo 2014 (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)
WS 91, WE 90

Like a garden after rain, this smells like mint, floral, dusty cherry and wet earth. Licorice and sandalwood notes chime in as this builds to a lingering aftertaste. Elegantly rustic, in a traditional style.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2019)
Vignaioli Elvio Pertinace Barbaresco Marcarini 2012 (750 ml) Mauro Veglio Castelletto, Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Le Piane Boca Nebbiolo 2012 (750 ml)
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)
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)
Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Monvigliero Barolo 2012 (750 ml) Ceretto Zonchera, Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Damilano Brunate Barolo 2012 (750 ml)
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)
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)
Damilano Cerequio Barolo 2012 (750 ml) Cantina Vignaioli Elvio Pertinace Vigneto Nervo, Barbaresco 2011 (750 ml) Pecchenino Bussia, Barolo 2013 (750 ml)
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)
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, 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)
Armando Piazzo 'Sottocastello di Novello', Barolo Riserva 2012 (750 ml) Renato Corino Vigneto Rocche dell'Annunziata, Barolo 2014 (750 ml) Tenute Cisa Asinari Marchesi di Gresy Gaiun Martinenga, Barbaresco 2011 (750 ml)
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)
WS 92

Savory, offering hay, eucalyptus, orange bitters and wild herb flavors, showing cherry notes underneath. Linear, firm and leafy, with a lingering finish.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 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) Silvano Bolmida Bussia Riserva, Barolo 2010 (750 ml) Ceretto Bricco Asili Bernardot, Barbaresco 2007 (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)
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) Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2013 (750 ml) Beni di Batasiolo Vigneto Corda della Briccolina, Barolo 2008 (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)
WA 94, WS 93, WE 92

The 2013 Barolo Cannubi is a layered and enriched expression that shows both elegance and power. This is a beautiful quality that is so specific to the celebrated Cannubi cru. The wine is silky and dense in texture and offers generous aromas of dark fruit, cassis, licorice and balsam herb. There is moist earth and some dustiness on the finish. The Barolo offers all of the most graceful aromatic highlights that you should expect of Nebbiolo.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2017)
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
Renato Ratti Rocche dell'Annunziata, Barolo 2013 750 ml) Icardi Barolo "Parej" 2007 (750 ml) Giovanni Viberti Barolo Bricco delle Viole Riserva 2011 (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)
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)
WS 91

Dense, this offers cherry, licorice, wild herb and tar flavors, backed by lively acidity and dusty, well-integrated tannins. Features a fine, minerally finish.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2018)
Giovanni Viberti Barolo La Volta Riserva 2011 (750 ml) Giovanni Viberti Barolo San Pietro Riserva 2011 (750 ml) Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2014 (750 ml)
WS 94, WE 92

This red is settling into a mix of sweet fruit and savory flavors, suggesting notes of cherry, raspberry, juniper and autumn leaves. Hints of burning vine cuttings and mineral grace the subtle yet long finish. Very fresh and harmonious.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2018)
WS 93, WA 92

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

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2018)
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)

Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Fossati, Barolo 2010 (750 ml) Ceretto-Bricco Rocche Barolo Brunate 2012 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Tulin, Barbaresco 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)
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)
Giorgio Pelissero Tulin, Barbaresco 2003 (750 ml) Luciano Sandrone Le Vigne, Barolo 2012 (750 ml) Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio Monprivato, Barolo 2011 (750 ml)
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)
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, 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 Vanotu, Barbaresco 2013 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Barbaresco Vanotu 2009 (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
WS 94

Firm and crisp, revealing cherry, wild herb, leather, tar and tobacco flavors, with mouth-coating tannins and lively acidity framing the lingering finish. Overall, this is elegant, showing grip and a savory impression. Best from 2020 through 2035.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2017)
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)
Falletto di Bruno Giacosa Asili, Barbaresco 2012 (750 ml) Vietti Lazzarito Barolo 2014 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Vanotu, Barbaresco 2007 (750 ml)
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)
V 96

In many ways, the gorgeous 2014 Barolo Lazzarito is the most surprising wine in the range. Once a stylistic outlier with a considerable French oak influence, today it is much closer to the other Barolos in terms of feel. Deep, dark and intense, with all of the energy of the year very much on display, the Lazzarito is super-expressive and shows a more red-toned profile than is the norm. Kirsch, mint, rose petal and chalk all develop in the glass, while beams of tannin and salinity give the wine shape and persistence. The weight and depth of Serralunga come through on the midpalate and into the finish. Even so, this is in a decidedly laid-back style for Serralunga. In 2014, I especially like the wine's aromatic presence.

- 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)
Giorgio Pelissero Vanotu, Barbaresco 2005 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Vanotu, Barbaresco 2006 (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 93, WE 92

The 2006 Barbaresco Vanotu is the darkest and most vibrant of these Barbarescos. Everything falls perfectly into place in this opulent yet beautifully balanced Vanotu. The expressive, balsamic aromas meld into a rich, expansive core of fruit. The wine continues on the palate, showing exceptional length and fine overall balance. For the first time I can recall, the French oak is not distracting. This sumptuous, refined Barbaresco is a fine effort from Giorgio Pelissero. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2026.

Giorgio Pelissero is a young, passionate producer based in Treiso. As outstanding as the Barbarescos can be, I find just as much pleasure in his Dolcettos and Barberas, which are among the finest in the region. From top to bottom, this is a first-class set of wines.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2009)
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)
Giorgio Pelissero Barbaresco "Nubiola" 2010 (3 Liter) Castello di Neive Santo Stefano Riserva, Barbaresco 2007 (1.5 Liter) Giorgio Pelissero Tulin, Barbaresco 2011 (3 Liter)
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 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 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)
Gaja Sperss Langhe - Barolo 2013 (1.5 Liter) Vietti Castiglione, Barolo 2014 (5 Liter) Vietti Ravera, Barolo 2014 (5 Liter)
WA 96, WS 96, WE 96

This wine shows the quintessential attributes of the Serralunga d'Alba appellation with dark fruit flavors and powerful intensity. The 2013 Barolo Sperss paints a very authentic picture of its unique territory with rich layers of black fruit, wet earth, black truffle, licorice and spice. The wine's tannic structure is firm and lasting. It shows broad shoulders and rich texture overall. This beautiful Barolo boasts a dark color and thick concentration with the aromatic elegance obtained in the 2013 vintage. This important wine is now part of the Barolo DOCG family.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
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)
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)
Icardi Barolo Parej 2009 (750 ml)
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)