2014 Barolo: Surprise, Surprise…

"Navigating through the 2014 Barolo vintage is going to require a bit of work, although the time spent will be hugely rewarding. Three hailstorms, heavy and insistent rain, and a cool, gray summer gave growers fits. Many 2014s are diluted and lacking depth, while a number of wines weren’t bottled at all. But the finest 2014s are some of the most thrilling young Barolos I have ever tasted." -- Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 2014 Barolo: Surprise, Surprise…

Azienda Agricola Brovia

Barolo Nebbiolo 2013

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Brovia's 2013 Barolo is gorgeous. Deep, ample and beautifully layered in the glass, it possesses terrific expansiveness in every dimension. An exotic bouquet laced with hints of orange peel, cinnamon, pomegranate, kirsch and mint melds into a core of rich red stone fruit. This one of the best straight Barolos readers will come across. It is built on a core of fruit from the Brea Cru in Serralunga (the part outside the Ca' Mia parcel), with the addition of about 30% juice left over after the casks for the single-vineyard Barolos have been filled. The 2013 is one of the very finest values in high-end wine. Don't miss it. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Feb 2018) — 6 years ago

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Luciano Sandrone

Le Vigne Barolo Nebbiolo

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A model of finesse and understatement, the 2008 Barolo Le Vigne is every bit as thrilling as it has always been. At nearly 10 years of age, the 2008 is still bright, precise and very fresh. Sweet red cherry, rose petal and mint notes are beautifully sketched in a Barolo that is pure and total class. In 2008, vineyard sources are Vignane, Merli, Ceretta and Conterni. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Feb 2018) — 6 years ago

Cordero di Montezemolo

Enrico VI Barolo Nebbiolo 2014

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Cordero di Montezemolo 2014 Barolo Enrico VI, from the Villero cru in Castiglione Falletto, is an exotic wine. Ripeness is clearly pushed to the edge in this overt, unctuous Barolo, and silky, plush tannins add to the wine's unusual but also incredibly alluring style. Super-ripe black cherry, leather, chocolate, mocha and plum are all fused together. Readers should expect an extroverted, almost brash Barolo. I would give the 2014 at least a few years to shed some of its baby fat. There is no shortage of personality or character here. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Feb 2018) — 6 years ago

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Luigi Baudana (G.D. Vajra)

Baudana Barolo Nebbiolo 2014

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A darker side of Nebbiolo emerges from the 2014 Barolo Baudana. Powerful but also supple, the 2014 is a wine of pure, arresting beauty. Sweet red cherry, kirsch and floral notes meld together in a striking, textured Barolo that is a joy to taste, even at this early stage. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Feb 2018) — 6 years ago

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Perbacco Langhe Nebbiolo

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The 2014 Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco is an attractive wine that beautifully expresses the personality and style of the year. Translucent and weightless in the glass, featuring lovely red berry and floral notes, it is simply a lovely wine in its peer group. The Perbacco is made entirely from Barbaresco and Barolo designated fruit, which is truly remarkable at this level. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Feb 2018) — 6 years ago

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Giacomo Conterno

Cerretta Barbera d'Alba 2014

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Conterno's 2015 Barbera d'Alba Cerretta is much more expressive today than the Francia. A broad, ample wine, the 2015 is beautifully resonant on the palate, with all of the expansiveness that is so typical of this site. Next to the Francia, the Cerretta is a bit more overt and forthcoming, two qualities that are exactly what makes Barbera so compelling in the first place. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Feb 2018) — 6 years ago

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