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96pt Barolo Blowout- Summer Cleaning Out The Cellar

It seems that Europe has been enjoying several great vintages in the last 5 years. Italy in particular has benefited the most due to the multiple growing regions producing some of the worlds greatest wines. One that comes to mind first is Barolo. In the 2013, 2014 and the newly releasing 2015’s, Piedmont is ON FIRE. This translates to you the customer a vast selection of great wines from the little known growers to the big boys of Barolo. There’s never been a time like this to add or start collecting the “Wine of Kings and the King of Wines”…Barolo!

Hills Of Barolo

Hills Of Barolo


 

2013 Cascina Bongiovanni * Barolo Pernanno
94pts WS
$73.50btl or
$360 per six pack ($60btl)

The 2013 Barolo Pernanno does a great job of magically transporting you within the vineyard. There are earthy and chalky notes here with hints of white truffle and forest berry. The intensity of the mineral shadings – ranging from crushed granite to lead pencil – is indeed the wine’s most beautiful quality. In the mouth, it shows medium density with a tightly woven fabric of silky tannins, soft fruit and bright acidity.

 

2014 Eredi Lodali * Barolo Lorens
95pts JS
$105btl or
$540 per six pack ($90btl- LOWEST PRICE ONLINE IS $99btl)

The 2014 Barolo Unìo opens to a dark color tonality and an immediately velvety texture. The bouquet is brimming with dark fruit aromas spanning from Morello cherry to bitter currant. Spice, tar, cola and balsam herb fill in the background evenly and with harmony. This is a well-balanced wine from the 2014 vintage that shows impressive integrity across all the senses.

 

2015 Luigi Pira * Barolo Vigna Rionda
96pts JS
$103.50btl or
$540 per six pack ($90btl- LOWEST PRICE ONLINE IS $99btl)

This is a very early sneak peek at a wine that still has a long way to go. The 2015 Barolo Vigna Rionda is softly elegant and demure. At this point in the wine’s infancy, it shows silky tight tannins and crunchy fruit brightness. The wine boasts an impressive sense of freshness, focus and precision with small berry nuances followed by grilled rosemary, crushed river stone and campfire ash. The 2015 vintage is similar to 2011 in that it offers broad shoulders and a firm spine of structure at the back. The acidity is very nicely integrated as well.