Saturday, 21 April 2018

Firing Up The Grill & Two Juicy Bottles

The two last day have changed the weather pattern here in Sweden, all of a sudden you can be outside without the heavy clothing artillery.

Really fine weather today and it was a perfect opportunity to fire up the outside grill for the first time of the season. Some home made burgers with all the usual side dishes was the treat of the day, with these two bottles.

2013 Pas Petite, Landin
I tasted this 2,5 years ago and it has put on some nice weight since then. Only 300 bottles produced, containing 85% Petit Sirah and 15% Zinfandel.
The nose is deep, sooty and fine with notes of smoke, ripe blue- and blackberries and some moist undergrowth, leaning to a hint of maturity. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of bonfire smoke, ripe blueberries, tobacco and cherry candy. Long and lingering with a fine acidity and silky tannins. Will need another 5+ years to hit full maturity. Glad I bought several bottles, will be nice too see where this is heading.
91p   (tasted 2018/04)


2012 The Freedom 1843 Shiraz, Langmeil
Two years since I had this beaty and it hasn´t changed a bit, this will go on for 20+ years. The nose is deep, concentrated and upfront with notes of blueberry pie, overripe raspberries, smoke and rotting flowers. Deep, interesting and very complex. A hint of VA, in a very positive way.
The taste is brilliant, massive yet light and and focused with notes of ripe blueberries, dark cherries, leather, veal stock and a hint of basil. A long, long, structured tasting. One for the ages. A beautiful bottle, but not for the 11% Trosseau drinking crowd.
96p   (tasted 2018/04)

Thursday, 19 April 2018

A Friend Turns 50 & Opens Some Nice Bottles - Selosse, Guigal, SQN, Grange & More

Although the Grange wasn´t nice at all. But the rest was - thanks R!
All wines tasted double blind.

We were welcomed with a glass of bubbly.
NV Initial, Selosse
This bottle was degorced 25th of July 2012. The nose is creamy and stony at the same time with fine notes of ripe yellow apples with some maturity, hay, lemon candy and minerals. Very racy. A tad mature. Very, very good.
The taste is crisp, stony and salivating with notes of lemon cream, white currants, cap gun smoke and some grassy notes. Long and fine. A very good acidity. Lovely. 5+ years.
93p   (tasted 2018/03)



1968 Barolo, Mauro Chiado
As a interlude before the first flight we were poured this aged Nebbiolo - that was a given when I put my nose in the glass. Beautiful aromas of a damp forest floor, roses, dry licorice and violets. A really fine maturity. Had been opened and decanted for three hours but it kept on gaining weight and intensity for the hours I had in in the glass.
The taste is mature and dry with notes of dried red currants and cherries, autumn leaves, dried mushrooms and coffee powder. Medium long. Doesn´t end dry at all. A fine 50 year old.
90p   (tasted 2018/03)

First Flight
1995 Côte-Rôtie d´Ampuis, Guigal
This shows some maturity with fine notes of tobacco, dried blueberries, driet meat and a hint of white pepper. A fine depth and maturity.  Very, very good.
The taste is warm and welcoming with notes of dried raspberries, bay leaves, moist earth and violets. Long and rewarding. Drinking beautifully now and the coming 6+ years. Lovely.
93p   (tasted 2018/03)

1999 Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde, Guigal
There is something not ok with this bottle. Start´s out very open and VA like with notes of bonfire, scorched earth and rubber. Wit air it becomes flat.
The taste is tight and dry with notes of salmiak, dark raspberries and lots of smoke and plastics. Very dry. Again, with air, it falls together. Judgement reserved.
80p?   (tasted 2018/03)


1999 Côte-Rôtie d´Ampuis, Guigal
A deep, dark, complex nose with notes of ripe blackberries, chocolate biscuits, roasted coffee, dark flowers and meat stock. A lovely depth and concentration.
The taste is sandy and focused with notes of ripe black cherries, blueberries, moist earth, leather and violets. Very finely polished tannins. Lovely mouthfeel. Very, very long.
94p   (tasted 2018/03)

1999 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline, Guigal
A deep, handsome, perfumed nose with notes of ripe blueberries, dark chocolate, expensive leather, iron and a hint of band aid, which ads complexity and depth. This is what dreams are made of.
The taste is concentrated and massive, yet light and refined, with notes of ripe blueberries, moccha, leather, violets and black pepper. Pure and balanced. Just lovely. Just entering the first stages of maturity. Great wine.
97p   (tasted 2018/03)



2003 Côte-Rôtie d´Ampuis, Guigal
Still young, racy and upfront nose with notes of blueberries, bay leaves, a hint of fresh stables, forest floor and white pepper. Very, very deep and concentrated.
The taste is very pure, very tight, very racy and just gorgeous with notes of lovely black fruits, bakelite, dark bread, black pepper and new leather. Very, very long. Soooo promising. 10 years.
97p   (tasted 2018/03)

Second Flight
1999 Shiraz Winemakers Guild, Neil Ellis
A different kind of nose with notes of green peppers, red currants, gravel, fir wood and Christmas spices. Very, very good in a refined way.
The taste is pure and fine with intense red fruits and additional notes of white flowers, sand and spices. Long and lingering. Very fine.
92p   (tasted 2018/03)


1988 Côte-Rôtie La Turque, Guigal
Almost perfect. I guess that this bottle was a perfect specimen 5-8 years ago, and entering 30 years it is (at least this bottle) slowly on the way down. But the nose, ooh the nose, with its complexity and gorgeous notes of white peppered meat, fresh stables, ripe red currants, old leather and forest floor. Truly fine.
The taste is concentrated, soft yet focused with notes of dried blueberries, coffee powder, meat stock, forest floor, dried flowers and beet roots. The finish goes on for 2 minutes. Absolutely stunning.
99p   (tasted 2018/03)



2002 Just For The Love Of It, Sine Qua Non
Tasted four years ago, this performs on the same high level on this night. Gorgeous deep, sweet, blackberry fruit with some high, intense VA scents and dark floral notes, sweet violets and dark chocolate. Ripe and lovely.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of ripe blueberries, iodine, balsa wood and violets. A long, sweet, intense finish. Mouthfilling in the best sense of the word. Will go on for 10+ years.
96p   (tasted 2018/03)

1998 Grange
Ooh dear. Tasted double blind, all the tasters had this as a bad bottle of wine. There is soya sauce, ink, sugared coffee and dill in a deep, very concentrated style. Ungainly and all over the place.
The taste is very intense, overripe amd overly sweet with notes of violets, rotten flowers, Cherry Heering and scorched earth. Long, long and hot. One could think that this would be a bad bottle, but alas, exactly the same as a bottle tasted 5 years ago...
78p   (tasted 2018/03)


1997 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, Joh. Jos. Prüm
This was exactly what we needed to wind down after all these structured, ripe Syrah´s. A cool, refreshing nose with notes of dried orange peel, wet asphalt, grass and a hint of ginger. Very, very good.
The taste is dry and fresh with notes of dried apricots, grass, chrushed rocks and lemon grass. A very fine acidity. Handsome. Drinking perfect today.
92p   (tasted 2018/03)



1997 Coteaux du Layon Marie Juby Grain Nobles, Patrick Baudouin
A very deep, concentrated, complex nose with notes of ripe apricots, wet hay, iodine, warm gravel and that rubber carpet you had in gym class. Lovely!
The taste is very concentrated and viscous with notes of dried honey, apriocts, sugared orange juice and hay. Very, very long. A very fine acidity, starts out extremely sweet but ends semi dry. Will probably live forever.
94p   (tasted 2018/03)

Saturday, 14 April 2018

1993 Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra, Domenico Clerico


The self procclaimed Cape Crusader of the virtues of the 1993 vintage opens yet another bottle!

1993 Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra, Domenico Clerico
A very fine, mellow, mature and scented nose with notes of dried ceps, rowanberries, asphalt, dry licorice and dried flowers. Very fine. Smells like the hills of Langhe in the autumn. Lovely.
The taste is mature, round and dry with notes of dried cherries, paint, dried roses and some tobacco flavours. A medium long, sandy finish. Drinking great on this night (but I guess it was even more impressive 10 years ago). Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2018/04)

Other 1993 Baroli tasted:
1993 Barolo Vigna D´La Roul, Rocche Dei Manzoni
1993 Barolo, Valfieri
1993 Barolo, Gianni Gagliardo
1993 Barolo, Fratelli Revello & 1993 Barolo Vigna Rocche, Rocche Dei Manzoni
1993 Barolo Vigneti Brunate, Francesco Borgogno
1993 Barolo Vigna Rocche, Erbaluna/Severino e Andrea Oberto
1993 Barolo, Gianfranco Alessandria
1993 Barolo Rocche dell´Annunziata, Paolo Scavino

Friday, 13 April 2018

Retasting - 2015 Crozes Hermitage Domaine De Thalabert, Jaboulet


Two months ago I was on location in the Rhone Valley, visiting Jaboulet and having a great time. The 15 Domaine de Thalabert impressed me and when it was released on the state monopoly I bought some (ok, a lot!). Time to test drive one bottle within the calm environment one call home.

2015 Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert, Jaboulet
It has closed down a bit since the last time, or at least that is my impression. The blueberries are almost ripe, and there is a lovely Lily of the Valley scent going on here. Sweet minerals, a hint of iron and violets are also here. Deep and lovely. Needs more time but there is lots of potential here.
The taste is structured, beautifully crafted and seamsless with notes of veal meat, violets, ripe blueberries, black peppers and dried flowers. A fresh, seemingly light finish with intensity and persistence. As with most young wines, at least for my taste, the last sip is the best. Really fine now but will turn out even greater in 10 years. Luckily, I will have bottles to drink then...
93p   (tasted 2018/04)


Wednesday, 11 April 2018

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley, Beringer


2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley, Beringer
I really enjoyed the 2013 Knights Valley and bought a bunch of bottles. I will not buy the 14. Don´t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with this wine, but it doesn´t scratch me the right way.
The nose is bigger, denser and more plummy than the 2013. Some bonfire smoke in the background. More broad shouldered and black but still holds it together. Deep.
The taste is dark, ripe and structured with lots of sweet black fruit, fir wood, chocolate licorice and fried herbs. It ends more backward and restrained than the initial impression leaves you to believe. Long. A tad too rich for my liking but, again, not a bad wine in any shape of form.
88p   (tasted 2018/04)

Sunday, 1 April 2018

2008 Barolo Riserva, Giacomo Borgogno


2008 Barolo Riserva, Giacomo Borgogno
Bartolomeo Borgogno established the cellar in 1761. That is a while back. I bet that there were not many American tourists asking what Nebbiolo is (like the last time I overheard a conversation in a cellar in Piedmont...). Better times, or maybe not.
Fast forward to 2008 amd their Barolo Riserva. The nose is, with two hours decanting, very nice with notes of dry licorice, warm gravel, touch of band aid, roses and dried raspberries. Not that complex or multi layered, but it is unmistakable a Nebbiolo, and that is good.
The taste is tight, still on the rather young side of things, with fine notes of dried cherries, dry asphalt and dry licorice - there is lot of dryness here but, also a dried up sweetness of cherry and raspberry fruit. Some dried flowers in the finish and some nice tannins. Drinking fine today but I would wait 3+ years and drink over the coming 8+ years.
88p   (tasted 2018/04)

Friday, 30 March 2018

Roast Lamb & Mature Burgundy

Lamb and Bordeaux? Naah, not here, the nice lamb roast was complimented with root vegetables and a garlic sauce, and I opened two bottles of mature Burgundy, and it turned out to be a great combination.

1983 Pommard-Epenots, Domaine Goud de Beaupuis
This 35 year old Pommard shows of a big, mature, warm nose with notes of a fresh stable, root vegetables, stale Coca-Cola, dry licorice and some bonfire scents. Rustic, with a fine maturity.
The taste is round and warm with a dried up sweetness and notes of dried raspberries, sweet tobacco, undergrowth and sugared rhubarb. A medium long finish that ends with a fine dryness. On top of its game. Very, very good.
88p   (tasted 2018/03)


1985 Pommard Les Epenots, F. Gaunoux
A deep, dark, spicy nose with notes of moist undergrowth, bay leaves, dark flowers, mushrooms, tobacco and some rusty aromas in the background. Complex and very fine.
The taste is concentrated and tight with notes of tobacco, forest floor, raspberry balsamic vinegar, tobacco and beet roots. A very fine warmth. Long and fine. Fully mature but bottles like this will keep for 8+ years. A rich, rewarding Burgundy.
92p   (tasted 2018/03)

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Burgers & 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Selection, Raymond


2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Selection, Raymond
Juicy burgers for tonights dinner with all the fixings - fried onion rings, sallad, my own version of Rhode Island dressing, hard fried bacon, over night tomatoes, sallad and of course Heston´s Perfect Chips.

What to drink? After some hours doing inventory in the cellar, I came up with a bottle of...

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Selection, Raymond
Tasted one year ago, I was deeply impressed but this Napa Cabernet and I bought a bunch. Time to test drive one bottle. 
Aaaaah, what a gorgeous, deep, powerful yet high and intense nose, with notes of ripe black currants, mocha, expensive leather, violets and still, a touch of green peppers. Haven´t changed that much on the nose.
But it has on the palate, the tannins are more forward and direct, but they are ripe and very polished. In the background there is plenty of juicy Cabernet fruit in the shape of black currants, tobacco, dark chocolate and red beets. Very long and distinct. Gonna evolve nicely for 10+ years. Can still be bought for 40 Euro, what a bargain!
95p   (tasted 2018/03)

Friday, 23 March 2018

Friday Dinner Barolo - 1985 Barolo Riserva, B. Cossano

1985 Barolo Riserva, B. Cossano
I would like to visit B. Cossano - a) if they still excist (can´t find anything on the web) and b) if they still make wine like this 1985.
An unassuming bottle with a label both in Italian and German, with the back label stating that Barolo is "die König die Weine" - can´t argue with that! To be honest, I didn´t have high hopes but shame on me. Four hours since I opened and decanted it and it just gets better and better...
The nose is, after a couple of hours, velvety, warm and mature with notes of mushrooms, dried cherries, old expensive leather, diesel oil and some cool meaty aromas. Rich and very fine. A lovely dried up sweetness.
The taste is warm and mature with a fine core of ripe, dried cherries and additional notes of sweet licorice, fir smoke, rosehips and sugared coffee. Very long and not at least dry in the finish. There are even some gentle tannins at the end. Bottles like this would surely go on for 5+ years. Impressive and unexpected.
91p   (tasted 2018/03)


Thursday, 22 March 2018

A Nice Dinner With Bottles From Foradori, Simon Maye, Burlotto, Elio Grasso & More!

S invited to dinner to drink some nice wines. It turned out to be a great evening.
All wines tasted double blind.

2004 Piesporter Domherr Riesling Spätlese, Reinhold Haart
A mature and creamy nose with notes of (over)ripe red apples, wet asphalt and rubber. Some oily elements that lead my thoughts to Chenin Blanc.
The taste is mature, medium bodied and fine with notes of apples, dried up vanilla ice cream and minerals. A fine acidity. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2018/02)


2015 Teroldego, Foradori
This was meant for the Granato tasting we had recently but didn´t make it in time. The nose is high, fresh and juicy with notes of underbrush, wet concrete, herbs and ripening raspberries. Uplifting and fine.
The taste is light and pure with notes of fresh herbs, a mix of blueberries and raspberries and some inky notes. Cool and fine.
89p   (tasted 2018/02)



2010 Granato, Foradori
This was poured at the Granato tasting mentioned above but it was corked. S generously opened another bottle this evening. And what a wine! The nose is deep and earthy with notes of red bell peppers, red beets, forest floor, chrushed rocks and some meaty aromas in the back. Very deep and refined.
The taste is tight and structured with notes of blueberries, earth, violets and a hint of tobacco. Very long with silky tannins. A wonderful purity. Great wine.
93p   (tasted 2018/02)

2010 Syrah, Anne-Catherine & Denis Mercier
A nicely balanced and a little low keyed nose with notes of herbs, bakelite, rosemary and cold meat. Very fine.
The taste is tight and warm with notes of red beets, veal stock, bonfire smoke and chrushed peppers. Long and fine.
91p   (tasted 2018/02)

2010 Syrah Vieilles Vignes, Simon Maye
At the recent Simon Maye vertical the bottle of 2010 Vieilles Vignes was not corked but weird, given the vintage and how the regular Syrah performed, so, again, S kindly opened another bottle.
Mama mia - this is the real thing! The nose is very deep, smoky and profound with notes of chrushed black peppers, ripe blueberries, violets, dark flowers, meat juice and dark chocolate. Absolutely stunning.
The taste is concentrated, high and gorgeous with notes of peppered meat, ripe blueberries with some raspberries tossed in, dried flowers, a deep perfumed note and some scorched earth notes at the end. The finish goes on for over a minute. Flawless. Will hit perfection in 6+ years.
98p   (tasted 2018/02)


2011 Barolo Acclivi, Burlotto
Tasting blind, I was in Barbaresco with this one. The nose is high, light and pure with notes of iron, red currants, violets and ripening cherries. Airy and fine.
The taste is cool and seedy with notes of ripe lingonberries, cigarette ash, dried meat and dry gravel. A fine, linear note. Expressive. Highly likeable.
92p   (tasted 2018/02)



2013 Barolo Castiglione, Vietti
Tasted twice the last year - both times at the estate - in June of 2017 and in November of 2017, I have come to really like this wine, and this bottle was no exception. Will drink great from 5 years time and the coming 10+ years.
92p   (tasted 2018/02)

2013 Barolo Case Maté, Elio Grasso
This is a great bottle of Barolo. The nose is handsome and pure with fine notes of ripe red cherries, rosehips, mushrooms and chrushed rocks. Classy..
The taste is tight and sandy with notes of red cherries, dry asphalt, violets and ceps. A long, lingering finish with character and energy. 6+ years.
94p   (tasted 2018/2)



2001 Barolo Monprivato, Giuseppe Mascarello
A deep, lightly meaty nose with additional notes of warm tiles, asphalt, dried cherries and Christmas spices. Very good but a tad compact.
The taste is structured amd dry with notes of asphalt, dried red fruits, red beets and assorted herbs.
A long, warm finish with some mature features. Very, very good but I was a tad disappointed when the bottle was unfolded.
90p   (tasted 2018/02)

1967 Quarts de Chaume, Domaine des Baumard
When the bottle was revealed it was too much surprise, not that it was a Chenin Blanc, but that it was 51 years old! It behaved like a 20 year old. The nose is deep and barely mature with notes of yellow plums, soap, smoke, hay, ski wax and some rubbery aromas. Very cool and fine.
The taste is soft yet intense, balanced yet a tad ungainly, mature yet youngish; with notes of yellow apples, slate, beeswax, dried flowers and a hint of band aid. Very long. Ends semi dry. Perfect now and bottles like this will surely keep for 10+ years. Lovely.
93p   (tasted 2018/02)



2004 Kiedrich Gräfenberg Riesling Spätlese, Robert Weil
The evening ended with this uplifting Spätlese from one of my favourite Riesling producers. The nose is stunning in its freshness and high spirit. Fine notes of fennel seeds, grilled lemons, yellow flowers, apricots and lots of sweet minerals. Very racy and fine.
The taste is pure, aristocratic and just lovely with notes of lime peel, chushed rocks, dried flowers and some smoky elements. Pure as a mountain river. Very, very long. Perfect tonight but could be kept for 5+ years. A really fine bottle of wine.
94p   (tasted 2018/02)

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

1998 Château Grand-Pey-Lescours

1998 Château Grand-Pey-Lescours
When I tasted this two years ago I thought that it was "in a perfect drinking phase". Time to open another bottle and check out any development.
When popped and poured it displays some murky stable notes that soon blows away, leaving room for nice notes of fresh stables instead and additional scents of plums, fir smoke, pipe tobacco, leather and even some meaty, sausage aromas. Bigger than last time, as I remember, and better.
The taste is on the verge of full maturity with notes of black currants, plums, tobacco, chocolate biscuits and warm rocks. A very nice mouthfeel with a hint of dryness at the end. Again, drinking great, but bottles like this could be kept for another 6+ years. A very nice 20 year old Bordeaux.
90p   (tasted 2018/03)


Tuesday, 20 March 2018

A Couple Of Days In Piedmont - Visit To Giovanni Corino & Sordo


Only 15 days before The Barolo Boys yet again descends on Barolo. But there are still notes to be posted from my visit in Janyary.

Giovanni Corino
My first visit to Giovanni Corino. I was met by Andrea Corino who showed me the cellar and opened these fine bottles for me to taste.




2016 Dolcetto d´Alba
A fine, sporty Dolcetto with notes of blueberries, ink, forest floor and spices. Fresh and fine.
The taste is juicy and light with a fine purity, salivating tannins and a medium long finish. Very, very good.
88p   (tasted 2018/01)


2016 Barbera d´Alba
An upfront, juicy nose with notes of ripe raspberries, asphalt and a hint of tobacco. Round and fine.
The taste is racy, tight and fine with notes of raspberry licorice, gravel and warm herbs. A fine acidity.
88p   (tasted 2018/01)



2015 Barbera Ciabot Dù Re
The 15 Ciabot Dù Re has a deep, gorgeous nose with lots of ripe raspberries and additional notes of Christmas spices, scorched earth and leather. Really good.
The taste is warm and spicy with a cery good grip and plenty of raspberry fruit with some asphalt - and licorice notes tossed in. Lovely.
91p   (tasted 2018/01)

2016 Langhe Nebbiolo
A high, fine nose with notes of cool cherries, hard licorice, violets and forest floor. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and structured with notes of hard cherry candy, licorice and mushrooms. Sandy tannins. Another glimpse of what 2016 will have in store for us when the Baroli will be released.
90p   (tasted 2018/01)


2014 Barolo
The 14 Normale has a light, high nose with notes of red cherries, licorice and smoke. A fine earthiness.
The taste is young and tight with notes of dried up raspberry jam. mushrooms and asphalt. A good grip. Some dry tannins at the end. 3+ years.
88p   (tasted 2018/01)



2013 Barolo
The 13 Barolo shows a deep, spicy nose with notes of dark cherry fruit, Finnish licorice and smoke. Very, very good.
The taste is structured and fine with silky tannins, a lovely cherry fruit and a long, tobacco filled finish. A really fine 13 Normale. 6+ years.
91p   (tasted 2018/01)

2014 Barolo Giachini
A deep, herbal, smoky nose with notes of ripe red cherries, asphalt and violets. Very fine.
The taste is cool and layered with notes of hard cherry candy, smoke, tobacco and some dry chocolate at the end of the long finish. This is good! 4+ years.
92p   (tasted 2018/01)


2014 Barolo Arborina
The Arborina has a somewhat restrained nose with notes of ripening red fruits, cool tobacco, gravel and a hint of mint. A good depth.
The taste is more open with notes of dried strawberries, smoke, rosehips and gravel. A long, lingering finish. Silky tannins. 4+ years.
91p   (tasted 2018/01)

2012 Barolo Riserva
Here we can talk about depth! A refined, complex nose with notes of dried cherries, fir smoke, meat and dried flowers. Perfumed and very fine.
The taste is big and structured yet with a fine balance and lovely notes of dried cherries, forest floor, paint and roses. An old vine feeling. Very long. Great wine.
94p   (tasted 2018/01)



2013 L´Insieme
Corino´s L´Insieme is a blend of 40% Nebbiolo, 30% Barbera and 15% each of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose is open and warm with notes of herbs, tobacco, spices and a mix of raspberries and red currants. Very good.
The taste is big and smoky with notes of bonfire smoke, red and black currants and spices. Long and warm. Good but lacks the refinement of the Nebbiolo´s.
86p   (tasted 2018/01)



Sordo
I visited Sordo last summer and really liked the 2013 line up so I was eager to taste the 14´s. Arriving at the estate the glasses are prepared and so am I!


Sordo has an impressive range of Barolo cru´s, eight of them and including the Normale I was going to taste nine Baroli here, nice for my Barolo count :-)
Paolo took care of me as last time but I also got to meet Giorgio Sordo, the head of the family and owner, justifiable proud of the wines of this estate.


2014 Barolo
A tad restrained with an earthy character and notes of lingonberries, dry licorice and road dust.
The taste is light and fine with crisp red fruit, snappy tannins and a medium long finish. 2+ years.
88p   (tasted 2018/01)

2014 Barolo Monvigliero
First out of the cru´s is the Monvigliero which shows a light, delicate nose with notes of Christmas spices, dried strawberries and chrushed rocks. Very fine.
The taste is cool and spicy with notes of dried strawberries, herbs and a hint of dark fudge. Long and fine with juicy tannins. 4+ years.
91p   (tasted 2018/01)

2014 Barolo Ravera
The Ravera is warm and spicy with notes of cherries, coffee grounds and a hint of mint. Very fine.
The taste is dry and tight with notes of cherries, violets and undergrowth. A fine warmth. Sandy tannins. Very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2018/01)


2014 Barolo Gabutti
A laid back, almost shy nose at first and it needed some swirling to let of notes of lingonberries, cocoa, Christmas spices and forest floor. Very young.
The taste is tight and restrained with notes of red currants, cranberries, rosehips and gravel. Will need 5+ years.
90p   (tasted 2018/01)

2014 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione
The Rocche always delivers and gets special with age, as as the 04 proved a couple of months ago. The ten year younger version displays a rocky, intense nose with notes of roses, ripening raspberries, tobacco and asphalt. Very deep and promising.
The taste is tight and polished with notes of red cherries, red tea, rosehips, mushrooms and a hint of tar. Very classic and very fine. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2018/01)

2014 Barolo Villero
The Villero has a high, concentrated nose with notes of earth, licorice, ripe lingonberries and bakelite. Deep and fine.
The taste is structured and fine with notes of hard cherry candy, fried herbs, undergrowth and a hint of tobacco. Very long and distinct. 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2018/01)


2014 Barolo Parussi
There is lots of ripe cherries on the nose of the Parussi, alongside notes of tar, violets and incense. Very fine.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of spices, undergrowth, hard cherry candy and asphalt. Very, very long. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2018/01)

2014 Barolo Monprivato
From hallowed ground the Sordo Monprivato has a deep, concentrated nose with notes of sweet tobacco, raspberry licorice, forest floor and chrushed rocks. Some balsamic scents are also there, in this complex and multi layered nose.
The taste is very tight and intense with notes of ripe cherries, asphalt, tobacco and dried mushrooms. The wave of sandy tannins that comes in the finish is impressing. For the long haul. 8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2018/01)

2014 Barolo Perno
The Perno has a deep and restrained nose with notes of violets, black cherries, smoke and bakelite. Very deep. Will need time.
The taste is concentrated and taut with stern tannins and a locked up dark cherry fruit, alongside notes of dry tobacco, asphalt and violets. Very long. 8+ years.
91p   (tasted 2018/01)

The cellar masters at Sordo