Luciano Sandrone

Cannubi Boschis Barolo Nebbiolo 2012

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Luciano Sandrone is making some of his finest wines in what has been a long and extraordinary career full of successes. Of the Piedmont wineries that are still in their first generation, those that started in or around the 1980s, Luciano Sandrone is arguably the only estate that has joined the small group of properties, all of them multi-generational, whose wines are widely recognized as icons and collectibles. The 2012 Barolo Cannubi Boschis opens with beguiling aromatics redolent of crushed rose petal, spices, mint and new leather. Wonderfully layered and nuanced, the 2012 offers good freshness to match its inviting, supple fruit. I would prefer to drink it sooner rather than later, while its alluring, open-knit personality is on full display. In 2012, the fruit tends towards the redder end of spectrum, unusual for Cannubi Boschis, which usually tends towards darker shades of expression. The 2012 is perfumed, lithe and super classy from start to finish. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Mar 2017)

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Estate Bottled Gattinara Nebbiolo 2011

Love these outlier Nebbiolo expressions! The funky bottle shape alerts you that some unexpected detours are in store. A little more brightness and lucidity than you typical Barolo/Barbaresco renderings of Nebbiolo. The rose notes are a little fresher in spring fashion. Custom made for a veal Milanese. — 5 days ago

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Bill Bender

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Silent Lucidity. Solid tune.

Bruno Giacosa

Asili Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2001

Killer Barbaresco from Giacosa that showed richness power, elegance & finesse. Dried red cherry, earth, leather, tobacco with notes of balsamic, truffle & rose petal. This was open, full bodied & just beginning to reach full maturity with many years ahead. — 5 days ago

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Antonio Galloni

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Its Barbaresco :) but yeah, I agree, that is a great bottle
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Ha! Thanks Antonio

Alessandro e Gian Natale Fantino

Rosso dei Dardi Nebbiolo 2016

Juicy but not overly fruity, nice and rich. Thoroughly enjoyable on a patio on a crisp fall night pairs well with the tacos I ate an hour ago but can still sort of taste and the cheese plate im making now — 5 days ago

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G.D. Vajra

Albe Barolo Nebbiolo 2013

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By now I have run out of superlatives for Vajra, from whom you will find some of the finest, artisan wines being made in Piedmont today. At a time when prices for so many wines are skyrocketing out of control, Vajra’s prices are a breath of fresh air. The Barolos are made in contemporary traditional style, with longish fermentations and aging in cask. Vajra’s 2013 Barolo Albe is beautifully perfumed, sensual, and expressive in this vintage. The style of the Albe has always favored a more succulent expression of Nebbiolo yet there is an element of restraint in the 2013 that is hugely appealing. The Albe may be the single best value in Barolo today. As for the 2013, don't miss it! (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Feb 2017)

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Bruno Giacosa

Asili Riserva Barbaresco Nebbiolo 1964

This is incredible. Amazingly settled complete fruit, not youthful as such but loads of zest and power. Barolo-like but with all the prettiness of barbaresco. Such beautiful fruit, with the tar and roses you’d expect, but so much complexity and depth. Beautiful mouthfeel. This is as old as the Beatles but still has years of evolution ahead. Exceptional. — 5 days ago

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Yeah, I know. Apparently Bruno G thought this was the best wine he made, so a real treat to try it. And not a let down at all. Really stunning in a spectacular but understated way. I don’t think there are many bottles of this out there- certainly not that many that have been kept this well.

Bruno Giacosa

Falletto Barolo Nebbiolo 2004

What a bottle. It evolved over the 2-3 hours it lasted and if I had my way it would have lasted 30 minutes! Opened with more leather tones then a more nutty flavor with light fruit throughout. Very silky but hard to go wrong with giacosa. Easily last another 10-15 years. Great bottle! — 7 days ago

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Poderi Aldo Conterno

Colonnello Barolo Nebbiolo 2006

Such a gorgeous perfumed beauty on pop. Violets leap from the glass. Just so sexy and inviting. I was truly bummed when I saw the decanter emptying for that last pour. Aldo Conterno is hands down the most dependably delicious Barolo producer for my tastes. Like Karl Malone it always delivers. Always! Old style purists may prefer Giacomo Conterno or Rinaldi (which are sensational) but Aldo Conterno is my desert island Barolo. I bet it even looks good in a bikini. — 8 days ago

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Bill Bender

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Hahahaha @Mike R was Karl Malone THAT long ago? 👴🏽
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Oh yeah Karl Malone, my Dad told me stories about him...
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Love the mailman reference 🏀

Giuseppe Rinaldi

Riserva Barolo Nebbiolo 1967

Consider this a collective note on the '67 Barolo vintage...having tasted through about a dozen, most were fading or already past it. Burlotto, Prunotto, and Vietti were all wonderful and G. Rinaldi could legitimately go another decade, but in general, drink 'em if ya got 'em! — a day ago

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Ira Schwartz

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@Matt Perlman Any non -Barolo ? I am opening a Vallana Cinque Castelli for a friends 50th next month. Thanks
Matt Perlman

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@Ira Schwartz Nope not this time (there was one Barbaresco) but I do remember having some '67 alto Piemonte and it was very good; can't remember if it was Vallana or somebody else like Nervi, Antoniolo, Travaglini etc. I feel like older AP can be a better risk/reward in terms of holding up than Barolo/Barbaresco which is usually much more expensive


Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2012

Gosh dang. Wish I had gotten another bottle. I saved this from last October at The Wine House's Antinori fest...another coming up so maybe I should go. Anyway I adore a good Barbaresco. More quickly sip-able than Barolo. This is all the fresh roses and dried orange peel you can imagine. The tannins are a smidgen rough still. I opened this early I now know, hence my desire for another bottle to age. But there are those backnotes of violet, frankincense (or myrrh? They run together in my memory), angry earth (not yet tar and yet!) and blueberry that are hiding there in the very back. This is a tasty wine that could use another year or so to knit together. The acid is decent but the tannins need to get their act together. I say this even after "decanting" into my Zalto Burgundy glass for a lil' while...but maybe I still need a real decanter, and maybe more than an hour of wine relaxation . And patience. — 15 days ago

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Hey watch your language,