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Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano 2012 750ml
Special Price: $39.99
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “This wine is now in a magic spot with eight years of maturity from the 2012 vintage, as the tertiary flavors are just entering the profile. The Tortoniano label is best known for its soft inviting fruit and elegance, showcasing a more feminine side of Barolo. Well, it’s silky texture and exotic nuances are on full display today. The nose reveals notes of dried cherries, roses, potpourri, and black tea. On the palate, sweet cherries, blood orange, cinnamon, cocoa, tobacco, a touch of smoke, leather, truffle, and underbrush all join the party, adding an umami element to this richly layered expression. The wine becomes more herbal and tea-like on a dry and coiled finish that hints at further aging. But for today, what’s not to like? This is simply fun drinking, seamless Barolo, delivered at a ridiculously fair price. Let the wine breathe an hour or two for best results.
Prunotto Barolo Bussia 2014 750ml
Special Price: $57.99
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.
Poderi Colla Barolo Bussia Dardi le Rose 2015 750ml
Special Price: $64.99
2015 Poderi Colla Barolo Bussia Dardi le Rose
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “Too often good years get overshadowed by great years, and in 2015 that is the case. What we appreciate about the warmer vintage, and the 2015 Poderi Colla Barolo Bussia, is the approachability of the wine. This is a richer expression that is softer and has more density of fruit on the palate – you might say more baritone than the higher toned 2016 Barolo Dardi les Rose. There is a smoother texture, and you can expect darker nuances of red fruit, macerated cherries, black cherry, plum, licorice, coffee bean, sweet tobacco, and minerality. There are firm tannins, and savory quality under the generous fruit, that linger on the finish. It is the perfect complement to the longer aging 2016 and should not be overlooked.” 11/2020
Poderi Colla Barolo Bussia Dardi le Rose 2016 750ml
Special Price: $64.99
2016 Poderi Colla Barolo Bussia Dardi le Rose
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “This wine picks up where the more delicate Barbaresco Roncaglie left off. If Barbaresco is the “Queen of Wine,” then Barolo is simply the “King of Wine” with these side-by-side expressions we tasted. The same Poderi Colla thumbprint is here, but the Barolo Bussia packs Monforte muscle with more concentration and depth. And like the Barbaresco, it begins with a seductive nose that is well-worth the price of admission alone, as this captures Barolo’s signature tar and roses, along with sweet red fruit. On the palate, there is succulent red fruit nuances of dark cherry, candied berries, licorice, a touch of citrus, dried flowers, tea, eucalyptus, smoke, and minerality. But make no mistake about it, this is classic Barolo that is aged in large botti as well as speaking to its place of origin. The tannins are aggressive and wrap the palate and teeth, with the wine finishing dry. On day two, this wine truly shows its depth and elegance, gaining weight in the glass with striking red fruit flavors... the best is certainly yet to come. For IWM, and myself, this is easily one of the best values in traditionally-spirited, single vineyard Barolo from the 2016 vintage. A MUST BUY from this classic vintage.” 11/2020
Paolo Scavino Barolo 2004 750ml
The estate's Barolo normale, this wine has many surprises in store as it opens up over the next decade. Relatively deep in color, this wine is dry with full tannins and all the typical pieces that make a Barolo: the perfumes, high acidity and firm tannins. Following fermentation, the wine is racked into French oak barrels for one year, then moved into casks for the second year of aging.
Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis 2016 750ml
Special Price: $79.99
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “Normally I say it is the nose that is worth the price of admission alone at this address, but this time it is the color – it simply hypnotizes, and you can see the beauty of the vintage in the glass. But the bouquet doesn’t shy away with its captivating array of red fruit and herbs. On the palate, the wine is full, ripe, and delicious with its well-tamed and integrated tannins. Expect to find macerated cherries, raspberries, pomegranate, wild berries, licorice, citrus nuances, a touch of brown spice, and salinity with a supporting spine of minerality and acidity. It cannot be denied that with its alluring ripe fruit, the wine is deceivingly approachable today. However, there is plenty of complexity behind the rich layer of intoxicating fruit. This is one of the great under-the-radar Barolos that needs to be heard – and tasted.”
Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2010 750ml
Domenico Clerico flagship wine, Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra, derives from grapes cultivated in the celebrated Ginestra cru of Barolo's Monforte d'Alba. Clerico bought his first eight acres in Ginestra in 1981, and he enlarged his holdings in 2001 with an additional 13 acres. With roughly 1,800 cases made, this cru Monforte from Ginestra, one of Barolo's most celebrated vineyards, is stunning. Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra has earned a reputation for its aromatics, something attributed to the vines' south to southeast exposure and altitude of 300 meters. Macerated just short of month and aged in barriques for around two year, Ciabot Mentin Ginestra is rich with soft ripe fruit, a layering of violet, thick tannins and long, clean finish.
Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2004 750ml
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.
Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2004 750ml
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.
Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2015 750ml
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.