Alessandro Masnaghetti's Barolo MGA Vol. I, 2nd Edition

Barolo, with its ability to produce complex, multi-dimensional, ageworthy reds, is one of the world’s most fascinating wine regions. For years, Alessandro Masnaghetti has enchanted us with breathtaking books and maps that explore the vineyards of Barolo to a degree that has never been possible before. But one piece of the puzzle in understanding Barolo has long been missing: a thorough study of its geology and soils. Leave to Masnaghetti to shed light into this complex and fascinating subject in the just-published Second Edition of his book Barolo MGA Vol. 1. Barolo MGA Vol. I: The Barolo Great Vineyard Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition is available signed in the United States through the Rare Wine Co and through Enogea for readers outside the United States. -Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2018 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Introduction "As all those who have the first edition of this book know very well, apropos of this question, I had written words which were rather clear: “As far as the different character and personality which Barolo can assume on the basis of the soils is concerned, the pairings Tortoniano/elegance and Serravalian/power, often to be found in the literature dealing with the zone, are to be considered, in my opinion, simplistic, even an outright fallacy. And, to perceive this, it is sufficient to compare a Barolo Brunate with a Barolo Monvigliero, both part of the Sant’Agata Fossili marls, or a Barolo Villero with a Barolo Rocche di Castiglione, both representative of the Diano Sandstones." Since then, although it is true that my opinion has not changed, it is equally true that I have had many requests for a more in-depth treatment, and equally frequent have been the occasions in which I have personally verified how much confusion reigns in this matter both among professionals in the field and wine lovers. For this reason, much assisted by the sup-port of two respected professionals such as Edmondo Bonelli for the geological questions and Gian Piero Romana for viticultural matters, in addition to Francesco Dellisanti for the mineralogical aspects, I decided to accept the challenge which they themselves proposed to me and produce a document which – thanks to their scientific contribution and my journalistic and editorial “filter” – would attempt an unambiguous, easily comprehensible, and, to the maximum extent possible, complete description of the complex geology of the Barolo production zone."

Giacomo Borgogno & Figli

Derthona Barolo timmorasso 2016

Vintage 2016 / ananas tropical fruit / Curious grape Timorasso — 6 years ago

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Brunate Barolo Nebbiolo 2008

Rob Mondavi

Stunning. Vibrant, fresh elegant ethereal and balanced with lovely fruit and calming acidity. Very lovely. I will be putting this in my cellar. Ava Gene Portland Check out Instagram @robmondavi — 6 years ago

Keith, Shay and 26 others liked this

Cantina Bartolo Mascarello

Barolo Nebbiolo 1964

Very intense and dark. Focused. Still quite tight. Exceptional fruit but still so young. Incredible. Very pure and spectacular but hard to know when this will open up. Huge potential. — 6 years ago

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Giacomo Conterno

Cascina Francia Barolo Nebbiolo 2004

What a wine. We let it decant for a solid two hours. I was expecting something lighter but nothing subtle here- full flavor of red fruit and tar. You had some spice, little smoke and mineral then some floral notes as it dat in the glass. A lot of depth in this wine and it has a silky silky smooth finish. — 6 years ago

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Poderi Colla

Bussia Dardi Le Rose Barolo Nebbiolo 2003

Classic roses and tar with earthy notes. Took over an hour to smooth out, but when it did it was so very pleasant, leathery and cherry-laced. From magnum, drink up. — 6 years ago

Severn, Kimberly and 12 others liked this

Comm. G.B. Burlotto

Vigneto Monvigliero Barolo Nebbiolo 2013

Antonio Galloni

Sublime. The purity here is just striking. As great as it has always been. — 6 years ago

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Greg Wright

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If it’s this great now, can you imagine what it will be like in 10 years. I have 6 bottles hidden away


Otin Fiorin Barolo Nebbiolo 2006

Terrific 2006 Barolo. Softened over 2hrs. Very traditional notes. Enjoyed tremendously. — 6 years ago

Severn, Mike and 17 others liked this

Francesco Rinaldi e Figli

Barolo Nebbiolo

Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Select carefully in Barolo 2014 and you will be greatly rewarded! — 6 years ago

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Paolo Scavino

Bric dël Fiasc Barolo Nebbiolo 1999

Fascinating to drink next to its Azelia vintage vineyard-mate, the Scavino was shy on the nose even after an hour. Some tar, sour cherry came through, and preceded a deeply powerful core of black tea, loamy dark cherry and Grand Cru Burgundy essence of vinous power. 45 second length, not a hard edge to be found...this may last years but can’t imagine how it will improve. Phenomenal. — 6 years ago

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Nice vintage for them! Yum 😋