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Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2010 750ml
Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2010 750ml
Price: $69.99

Derived from grapes grown in Castiglione Falletto, Monforte, Barolo and Novello, the Barolo Castiglione gets its name from the chestnut trees that dot the hillsides of Piemonte. After fermentation in stainless steel, the wine ages for two years in cask followed by eight months in bottle before release. The ’10 Vietti Barolo Castiglione stands up to the hype of the vintage with its silky, sinuous tannins, its ripe and juicy fruit, its lilting spice and earth, and its impeccable balance of all of its elements. Priced at under $70, this Barolo redefines value. It’s a stunning wine that will only grow more spectacular with time.
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 2013 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 2013 750ml
Price: $82.99

Radiant and succulent red and blue fruits, new saddle leather, cigar wrapper, violet petals, baking spices and loam waft from the glass of this spellbinding ’13 Barolo Bussia. This wine shows impeccable balance, unfurling on the palate with energy and focus to reveal a seamless structure and silky texture. While you’ll want to drink this wine right away, time in the cellar will make it more harmonious and refined. Once simply Aldo Conterno Barolo and now called Barolo Bussia, this entry-level Barolo from Aldo Conterno has garnered a reputation for being a generous, open, genial wine; it’s a perennial IWM client favorite. Deriving from 12 acres of plots in Bussia Soprano with vines aging between 35 and 40 years, the carefully selected grapes ferment for thirty days, and the wine ages for 27 months in cask, followed by twelve months in bottle before release.
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello 2001
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello 2001 750ml
Price: $104.76
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Conterno's Colonnello cru is the most consistently approachable of the estate's single-vineyard expressions, delivering a deeper color and greater intensity of fruit expression relative to the other crus (Romirasco and Cicala). That said, the sand that dominates Colonnello's soil composition provides for elegance and finesse.    Slightly younger than Cicala (35"“40 years old), the Colonnello cru is best, perhaps, for those collectors whose patience falls short of infinite, as it is the most reliably approachable of the single-vineyard expressions. This forward disposition is apparent in its deeper color and greater intensity of fruit expression, though all elements of its vinification regime—both aging periods and techniques—are the same as those of the Cicala's.  A fresh nose of dried flowers and fennel is followed by a juicy palate of ripe red plums, strawberries, and kirsch liqueur. Good structure, bright acidity, and velvety tannins make the Colonnello suave, elegant, and eminently drinkable at any age.
Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2004 750ml
Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2004 750ml
Price: $109.00

Juicy red and blue fruits dance with umami, cedar, peppery spices, rose petals, tar and tartufo bianco in this expressive, caressing ’04 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio. Fruit-driven and powerful upon release, more than a decade of age has mellowed this wine, deepening its mineral elements; gamy, savory notes complement this Barolo’s sweet inner perfume, while vibrant acidity keeps it nimble on the palate. Supple, fine-grained tannins cling to the cheeks as the wine builds to a lingering, complex crescendo. Deriving from a limestone-rich, south-southeast-facing parcel located in Roddi, Scavino’s Barolo Bricco Ambrogio ages in barrique, followed by one year in cask, resulting in a well-balanced and approachable wine.
Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2012 750ml
Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2012 750ml
Price: $134.99

2012 gave Piemonte winemakers a warm year, and this wine bursts with sweet Nebbiolo fruit, layered on a foundation of spice, tar, cherry cordial and sun-warmed earth. Caressing and silky, this ’12 Barolo Le Vigne glides across the palate with effortless grace; while it almost begs to be enjoyed now, it has the structure to drink for a decade or longer. Luciano Sandrone crafts his Le Vigne as a traditional cuvee Barolo, choosing grapes from the vineyards of Ceretta (Monforte), Vignane (Barolo), Merli (Novello), Conterni (Barolo), and Villero (Castiglione Falletto). The grapes ferment in steel tanks, and the wine ages in 500-liter oak casks, one-quarter new. Sandrone crafts fewer than 2,000 cases of this spellbinding Barolo a year.
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga 2005 750ml
Price: $176.00
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Bruno Giacosa nurtures a profound passion for Piemontese wine that has been handed down for three generations, and acquired by working with his father and grandfather. Giacosa brings out a richness of flavor and an intensity of character to produce wines of meditation. In addition to Bartolo Mascarello, Giacomo Conterno, and Aldo Conterno the Giacosa estate is the most respected producer of traditional style Barolo.

Giacosa is not an enologist, which surprises most people. He learned by working with his father and grandfather and became fascinated by what could be created from the grape. Bruno feels that wines were better in the past, when there was less sophistication and treatment made to both grapes and wine, less handling. The yields were smaller as well. In the old days, he points out, things were done more simply and with more care.

Until recently Giacosa owned no vineyards; he bought all the grapes he required, selecting, as he still does, from some of the area's best sites. In 1982, he bought the Falletto vineyard in Serralunga. Giacosa firmly believes in the value of single-vineyard bottlings. Crus are only bottled in the better vintages, and if a wine does not attain a very high standard, he either declassifies it, selling the wine as a simple nebbiolo, or he does not bottle it at all. That said, the high hill country positioning—400 metres above sea level—the propitious south/southwest sun exposure, and the peculiar microclimate of the amphitheatre-like vineyards assure a remarkable location for vines. Given the combination of all of these elements, Bruno Giacosa understandably produces an extensive range of high-profile bottles.
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Vigna Romirasco 2008 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Vigna Romirasco 2008 750ml
Price: $179.00

2008 sees the fifth bottling of Aldo Conterno Barolo Romirasco since 1993--the previous vintages included 1993, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008--but now it holds a permanent place in the estate's line of single-vineyard Barolo. Aldo Conterno previously produced the Romirasco Barolo only in vintages without the ideal conditions necessary for the estate’s famed Granbussia, but this Barolo's incredible appeal and structure has made it beloved and now a yearly release. This dark colored wine has a traditional nose of flowers, earth, tar and smoke, followed by a medium-bodied palate of smooth, mouth-filling tannins and acidity. Made from grapes also used to create Aldo Conterno's famed Barolo Granbussia, Romirasco Barolo is an exercise in precision, restraint and beauty, and the '08 takes this precision and complicates it deliciously with texture, minerals, ripe fruit and fresh herbs.
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Vigna Romirasco 2006 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Vigna Romirasco 2006 750ml
Price: $199.00

Aldo Conterno once produced the Romirasco Barolo only in vintages that the estate felt weren’t ideal enough for its famed Granbussia: however, since 2004, the estate has made it a yearly occurance. Deriving from the same Bussia vineyard that lends its grapes to Aldo Conterno’s famed Granbussia Riserva, Vigna Romirasco spends an extra two or three months in cask before bottling. Round, opulent, voluptuous and vivacious, the '06 Romirasco proffers handfuls of fruit and floral perfumes that counterbalance an almost steely minerality. A lingering finish and velvety tannins complete the experience.
Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2010 750ml
Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2010 750ml
Price: $199.00

A powerful, robust yet elegant bottling in any vintage, the ’10 Lazzarito balances its sheer explosiveness and its breathtaking finesse. With a flavor profile dominated by dark fruit and berries, smoke, herbs and incense, the Lazzarito rewards aficionados who favor brooding Barolos. A cru Barolo sourced from the Lazzarito vineyard in Serralunga, this Barolo is perhaps the most modernist bottling from Vietti. After fermenting for 21 days in stainless steel, the wine ages for eight months in barriques and two years Slovenian oak casks before being bottled, unfiltered. Silky and sinuous, this stunning ’10 needs some time in the cellar, but then it will reward amply. Around 500 cases made.
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga 2012 750ml
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga 2012 750ml
Price: $199.99

2012 was an atypical growing year for Piemonte--a snowy winter led to a warm summer, but harvest saw cool temperatures--but this radiant Barolo from Bruno Giacosa embodies the grace of the vintage in its open-knit, aromatic profile. Grape yields were also down about a third in 2012, so this Barolo is extra intense and dense; however, it nonetheless conveys Giacosa’s extraordinary hand in its purity, structure and telltale Serralunga palate of bright red fruits, rose petals, scorched earth, and smoke. Balanced and sinuous, this ’12 Barolo belies its warm vintage with its fresh acidity and beautiful structure. One of the most iconic wines from one of the greatest masters of Barolo, Giacosa's Barolo Falletto di Serralunga derives from vineyards that reach 420 meters above sea level, making it an ideal site for warm vintage wines. Grapes for this Barolo ferment for 15 days in stainless steel, and the wine ages for 32 months in barrel, followed by eight months in bottle.