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Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2009 750ml
Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2009 750ml
Price: $69.99

Ripe red fruits cavort on a foundation of crushed rose petals, black licorice, cigar wrapper, new leather, and a touch of earth in the elegant, captivating ’09 Barolo Castiglione. While this wine was tight and a little austere upon release, time has seasoned its chewy tannins and intense acidity; today, this Barolo dances out of the glass and glides across the palate with a sophisticated verve. Nicely ethereal in the mouth, this wine gains weight as it cruises to a complex, nuanced and thoroughly satisfying finish--enjoyable now, this wine has years ahead of it. A cuvée of grapes deriving from vineyards in Castiglione Falletto, Monforte, Barolo and Novello, Vietti’s 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. more info
Prunotto Barolo Bussia 2014 750ml
Prunotto Barolo Bussia 2014 750ml
Price: $79.99

While 2014 challenged the Langhe’s winemakers with chilly, wet weather, Prunotto’s ’14 Barolo Bussia is an ethereal, alluring wine that crackles with energy and floats to a lingering, aromatic finish. Crisp red fruits and supple blue berries mingle with exotic spices, hazelnuts, rose petals, underbrush and herbs in this open-knit, creamy Barolo. Fine-grained tannins and lively acidity work together to create a sense of texture and energy as the wine glides to its delicate, drink-me-now close. Deriving from the estate’s fossil-rich, clay-marl vineyard in Bussia in Monforte d’Alba, grapes ferment for about two weeks in temperature-controlled vats; the wine ages for at least two years in casks of various sizes, followed by at least a year in bottle before release. more info
Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2013 750ml
Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2013 750ml
Price: $149.00

Brambly, brooding and round, the ’13 Barolo Le Vigne is also bewitching and elegant. Sweet red and blue fruits dance with tarry earth, rose and violet petals, balsamic herbs, and touches of underbrush and warm baking spices. This wine oozes across the palate with a silky, weightless feel, leaving refined tannins and a lovely inner perfume. As much as you’ll want to drink it right away, cellar this benchmark Barolo for a few years for great enjoyment. 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. more info
Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2014 750ml
Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2014 750ml
Price: $149.00

2014 challenged Barolo makers, but you’d never know it from this effortless, graceful ’14 Barolo Le Vigne. Luscious red and blue fruits layer with warm loam, violet petals, mentholated herbs, cedar and a dusting of baking spices. Nicely textured and altogether lovely, this wine glides to a balanced, seamless finish marked by fine-grained tannins. Sandrone crafts its 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 separately in steel tanks for just longer than two weeks, and the wine ages in 500-liter oak casks, one-quarter new, for two years before blending and bottling. Sandrone crafts fewer than 2,000 cases of this spellbinding Barolo a year. more info
Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2004
Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2004 750ml
Price: $159.00

It’s not only one of Piemonte’s most important single vineyards, it’s one of 2004’s standout performances and the most significant bottling in the Scavino portfolio. A subplot of the Fiasco cru, Bric del Fiasc characteristically carries the most formidable structure of Scavino’s Barolos, an austere sensibility coupled with imposing power. This state of profound tension is ameliorated only through an extended period of cellaring, which typically transpires over 20 years. In a rather unusual move, the ’04 privileges elegance over strength, creating a graceful, poised Bric del Fiasc. It achieves its power through subtle, compelling suggestion—a demeanor that becomes the vintage. more info
Prunotto Barolo Bussia Vigna Colonnello Riserva 2011 750ml
Prunotto Barolo Bussia Vigna Colonnello Riserva 2011 750ml
Price: $159.00

At once silky and tannic, juicy and tart, powerful and refined, the ’11 Barolo Colonello Riserva dwells in tantalizing opposites. Pure, sweet red and blue fruits unfurl with new leather, medicinal herbs, crushed rose petals, peppery spices and licorice in this bewitching Barolo. Matching its sweet inner perfume with sturdy, chewy tannins and a mineral bass line, this muscular, elegant Barolo has the structure for the long haul--and a finish that lingers with complexity. Deriving from the historic four-acre Colonello vineyard (Prunotto, owned by the Antinori family, has a 2.5-acre plot), the grapes for this wine don’t move far from their source. Antinori built a tiny winery and tasting room in the center of their vineyard, so these traditionally vinified Nebbiolo grapes never see a truck--an extraordinary move for an extraordinary wine. Grapes are partially destemmed, then ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel; the wine ages in cask for two years, stainless steel for one year, and in bottle for an additional 30 months before release. more info
Prunotto Barolo Bussia Vigna Colonnello Riserva 2012 750ml
Prunotto Barolo Bussia Vigna Colonnello Riserva 2012 750ml
Price: $159.00

2012 saw a ripe, tempestuous year in the Langhe, but it made for a fascinating, multi-layered Barolo Colonnello Riserva from Prunotto. This Barolo bursts from the glass with a mélange of intriguing notes--ripe red and blue fruits, blood orange, cypress needles, worn leather, dried rose petals, tarry earth, and cigar wrapper, to name but a few. Polished, chewy tannins meld seamlessly with the wine’s taut acidity, as copious dry extract finds its match in an ethereal perfume. The ‘12 Barolo Colonnello Riserva feels both restrained and a little exotic, and it holds its drinker in its tensions as it slides to its resonant finish. Deriving from the historic four-acre Colonnello vineyard (Prunotto, owned by the Antinori family, has a 2.5-acre plot), the grapes are partially destemmed, then ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel; the wine ages in cask for around three years, then in bottle for an additional 30 months before release. more info
Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2015 750ml
Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2015 750ml
Price: $159.00

A lovely, lilting embodiment of its banner vintage, Sandrone’s ’15 Barolo Le Vigne leaps from the glass with a graceful mélange of sweet red and blue fruits, rose petals, black pepper, licorice, blood orange zest, and fresh-pressed herbs. Despite its welcoming aromatics, this wine is still tightly wound, uncoiling with air to reveal substantial, broad tannins and an elegant acidic spine. An extended, mineral-laden finish glides for minutes. While you’ll want to dive right in to this Le Vigne, a few years of rest in the cellar will do it a lot of good. Sandrone crafts its 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 separately in steel tanks for just longer than two weeks, and the wine ages in 500-liter oak casks, one-quarter new, for two years before blending and bottling. Sandrone crafts fewer than 2,000 cases of this spellbinding Barolo a year. more info
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco 2014 750ml
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco 2014 750ml
Price: $159.99

While 2014 plagued Barolo with hail, the turbulent yet warm vintage faired much, much better in Barbaresco, and Giacosa’s ’14 Barbaresco shows a classic, muscular profile that borders on the austere. Silky yet taut, this wine frames its pure red fruits with pressed rose petals, warm chocolate, fresh earth, licorice, tobacco and tar. Firm, chewy tannins need some time to integrate, but give this wine a year or two of maturity to reveal its sweet fruit, conveyed on a vibrant, rich palate. Deriving from 15-year-old vines grown in a southwestern-facing plot with calcareous, sandy soils, grapes ferment for about three weeks in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for 18 months in botti, followed by eight months in bottle. Giacosa rarely produces its Barbaresco, whose grapes come mostly from the lower slopes of its Asili parcel blended with some grapes from Rabajà, and the fact that 2008 was its most recent appearance, makes this wine yet more special. more info
Sandrone Barolo Aleste 2015 750ml
Sandrone Barolo Aleste 2015 750ml
Price: $169.00

Rich yet structured, open-knit yet age-worthy, and powerful yet finessed, Sandrone’s ’15 Barolo Aleste is a knockout. Layers and layers of crisp red, brambly blue, and sumptuous black fruits meld with cigar wrapper, umami, espresso, melted chocolate, baking spices and wildflowers. Creamy and vibrant, this wine shows its sturdy mineral core as it crosses the palate; chewy, muscular tannins find their complements in vivid acidity and sweet fruits that linger on the sustained, resonant finish. The grapes for this cru Barolo derive from a five-acre plot at the top of the Cannubi hill, and this powerful, full-bodied wine is a perennial IWM client favorite. The grapes ferment in steel tanks, and the wine ages in 500-liter oak casks, one-quarter new. Sandrone crafts fewer than 1,000 cases of this standout cru Barolo a year. more info