Wow. This stopped me in my tracks. Nose of chestnut, spice, tar, roses, no fruit. So deep. But this is just opened and I know this is gonna be mind bending in an hour or three. The florals are so crazy and man o man the beautiful high end tobacco and endless flowers is something to behold! Wow! So much spice and old library book with hints of freshly cleaned and a once used chimney and a freshly burned out fire. This nose is layered and so deep and keeps revealing itself. 9.7 on the nose. Palate is brilliant. Hints of opulence abound but this has daggers and angles for days with ridiculous freshness and finesse. Just incredible. Massive concentration and huge minerality. Velvety and substantial tannins and very long. Like one sip is a 3 minute experience. Explosive like nothing else. This is regal and the best Barbaresco I’ve had in years. What energy and freshness on the palate. No hard edges. Complex, deep and so concentrated. This has some slight brambly cherry fruit but if this is like the Primanebbia this will take 3 hours or longer for the fruit to be truly expressive. Long. Just so damn impressive.
Now after air this is just insane. This airiness one associated with whites wines. Palate has now insane mega fruit that is so juicy, so dense and so impressive you cannot believe all the tannin from the first hour has been transformed into gorgeous cherry fruit with insanely detailed silky tannins. Wow. So ethereal. 9.7 to 9.8. — 9 days ago
Interesting to compare these wines tonight. With 3 years of age on the Ratti it shows in the obvious areas. Color is leaning brown. Cherry and rose are giving way to earthy flavors. It's obviously impossible to determine if the younger wine would exceed the Pio Cesare 3 years, but given it's current complexity, I'm giving the nod to Ratti.
92 points — 9 days ago
2001. I opened this because I thought the Cavalotto was flawed and I wanted a nice wine on Father’s Day. Turns out the Cavalotto was fine so I had a decadent day. This wine is 10 years from being ready. Noticeable wood influence, strong black fruits, over the top compared to the old Cavalotto. — 10 days ago
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Debut Monvig from Rattalino and it’s a knockout. Heavenly nose. Ripe, complex, sour cherries, high toned, perfumed. Mixture of dried and fresh roses and insane glorious spice. Dizzying. The greatness of Monvigliero shines through. 9.6.nose. Palate is just velvet. So concentrated and ethereal. Big tannins and just perfect balance. So elegant. A big wine but a total masterpiece. Plum, red and black cherries dominate. After some time it closes down but the finish lasts forever. Imprints on your palate. 9.4 for now but I see upside here. — 10 hours ago
lovely nose of spice, flowers, wood shavings. Chestnut and also minerals. Sour cherries and red cherries from mid season. Palate is ripe and rich with wonderful fruit and huge density. Velvety tannins and terrific purity. Rustic and charming and very well made. 9.1 well balanced. After air gets more precise, sweet and concentrated. — 6 days ago
Nose is smokey, tarry and reserved initially. Nice spices. Some tea. But seems like it’s about to bust open in 30 minutes or so. Chestnut. Some mid season cherry and minerality develops. It’s getting floral now. Palate is juicy, ripe and dense with great freshness and expressive mineralIty. Concentrated and really complex. Worlds better than the Gallina. Needs maybe one hour open but terrific energy, density and freshness. Long as well. Balanced. Substantial tannins but velvety and just barely sweet. — 5 days ago
I am opening this tomorrow during my chat with Maria Teresa Mascarello at 11am NY time. I will update the note then. Details on Vinous for Zoom, or you can watch on YouTube. Hope everyone’s having a great night! 😊🍷😍🤩😱🤪 Update: terrific depth, resonance and character. Hard to find, but really delivers the goods. Super. — 6 days ago
Happy Father’s Day. The family made a beautiful lasagna & we picked this to be part of the meal. A powerful Barolo with darker fruit and ample tannins which add another dimension with the food. Aromatically, this delivers haunting florals & ripe dark cherry notes. A great example of balanced power and finesse. Excellent. — 10 days ago