2017, the harvest from Ay, Dizy, Hautvillers (66%) Avize and Oiry (34%). Winter and Spring were exceptionally dry; the beginning of Spring was mild but, in April, destructive frosts ravaged the vineyards, especially in the Côte des Blancs. Temperatures then rose and the weather was good until July. The end of the growing season was hot but very wet. The...
Producer: Jurij Fiore & Figlia
The 2020 Chianti Classico Sonocosì is bright, fresh and light in body, all of which make it a good choice for drinking now and over the next decade or so. This north-facing site at 550 meters in altitude yields a lithe, aromatically expressive Classico loaded with character. Vinification and aging in oak keeps the flavors vibrant.
Producer: Gerard Perseval
An absolutely stellar wine, the 2011 Perseval Zero Dosage offers tremendous richness and pure power. The 2011 is ample and vinous in the glass, with tons of Chardonnay breadth and intensity allied to a sense of verticality that is felt in the wine's distinctly phenolic feel.
Barolo 2013, 150cl
Scavino’s 2013 Barolo is a fresh, inviting wine that captures the mid-weight style of the year nicely. Sweet red cherry, anise, mint, blood orange and exotic spice notes are laced into the super-appealing finish.
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Producer: Giuseppe Rinaldi
Light-medium red. Exotic, slightly decadent, old-style aromas of roasted strawberry, truffley underbrush, tar and brown spices. Suave on entry, then creamy in the middle, with red cherry and strawberry flavors complicated by slightly funky but fascinating porcini and earth tones.
Producer: Ferdinando Principiano
The estate's flagship label, Barolo Boscareto DOCG is truly the king among Principiano Ferdinando's wines. Suitable to be uncorked for important occasions, it promises to offer great emotions especially if it can be forgotten for a few years in the cellar.
Producer: Giuseppe Rinaldi
Moderately saturated medium red. Decadent, expressive, highly complex nose combines cherry liqueur, mocha, white pepper, sage, rosemary and cinnamon. At once silky and penetrating, with a bit less of the saline, earthy side of the 2008 and more cherry liqueur character.
Producer: Bartolo Mascarello
The 2005 Barolo has come together beautifully in bottle. Over the years, the 2005 has gained body and depth, while the contours have softened nicely. Sweet dark cherry, plum, mint, licorice and spices meld together in an effortless, gracious Barolo that can be enjoyed now. Readers who like more tertiary complexity will want to give the 2005 at least...
Producer: Produttori del Barbaresco
Usually think of the Pora as one of the lesser crus of Produttori del Barbaresco, but bottles from '70 Pora is utterly sublime with his silkiness and sweetness of the fruit that comes with decades that elevates the Pora into the realm of exquisite.
Producer: Giovanni Canonica
Canonica’s 2014 Barolo Paiagallo is another very pretty, translucent, classically built wine. Next to the other wines on the table, the Paiagallo comes across as a bit diffuse, with its aromatics, fruit and structure each in their own space and not woven together into a cohesive whole.
Producer: Aldo Conterno
Medium ruby. Owing to its poor soils, Cicala always gives the firmest wines, and this 1999 is no exception. It offers attractive mineral, menthol, and tobacco aromas, along with plenty of sweet fruit on a deceptively medium bodied frame of great length.
The 2009 Barolo Otin Fiorin Piè Franco-Michet is pliant, supple and inviting, with no hard edges and plenty of immediate appeal. The sweet dark cherry, tobacco, plum and spice flavors are nicely pushed forward. I imagine the 2009 will mature earlier than some of the other surrounding vintages, but I am nevertheless encouraged by this strong showing.