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2004 VINTAGE BAROLO

2004 BAROLO

The 2004 growing season was one which producers might term as 'normal.'  Of course, coming after the hail-damaged (in many areas, but not all) 2002 growing season and the hotter-than-hell 2003 summer, Piemonte was graced with a growing season which did not touch the extremes as did the previous two vintages.

The winter saw abundant rainfall, replenishing the water table after the dry 2003 vintage.  Bud break was a bit later than normal and the vines were not subjected to Spring frosts.  The Summer was rather dry and while vineyards got periodic warm-to-hot weather, it was really September's perfect climate which made the vintage.  There was a healthy swing in day-to-night temperatures in September and not much in the way of rain until the third week of October, after many vineyards were harvested.

Tasting young Barolo is quite difficult.  I found many wines to be "promising," but they were a bit shy and, of course, un-developed.  Frankly, it was much easier to assess the 2003s at the same stage.  The 2004s were rather tight and understated.

It appears to be a vintage one might call "very good" to "excellent."  It certainly seems to be a vintage producing "classic" wines and Barolo wines which will repay 5 to 10 to 20 years of cellaring, depending upon the wine.

If a vintner found 2004 to be "challenging," then perhaps they might be best off finding another line of work.

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My notes are a bit "abbreviated" as the wines were a bit "tight."  Each flight of wines was evaluated fairly quickly as we had numerous bottles to taste.  As a result, sitting with a flight for an extended period of time to watch it evolve in the glass was not possible.
Still, I think I got a good indication of the potential quality of the wines and, if anything, rated each in a fairly conservative fashion.
The scale is No Stars (not usually posted), 1 star, 2 stars and 3 stars.
I like old-fashioned, classic Nebbiolo wines, but also appreciate modern, well-made, small-oak-aged wines (as long as they're not oak juice).

2004 BAROLO

DAMILANO
Barolo
"Cannubi"
Good dark fruit aromas...nice...fairly deep and showing good potential.  5-12 years.
+
DAMILANO
Barolo
"Liste"
Bright cherry fruit to this well-balanced and more forward wine.  It probably can be cellared 5-8 years, conservatively.
+
BRIC CENCIURIO
Barolo
"Costa di Rose"
There's an almost floral tone to the cherry-like fragrances of this mildly tannic, young Barolo.  Good structure and nicely balanced.  5-10 years of cellaring.
- +
GIANNI GAGLIARDO
Barolo
"Cannubi"
Woodsy, nicely oaked red with some creamy, vanillin notes.  Mildly tannic and fairly deep, so I suspect the wood will mesh nicely, with 5-10 years of cellaring.
 
CASCINA ADELAIDE
Barolo
"Cannubi"
Interesting spice notes here, with some brown spice tones.  Mild tannins and it seems quite complex on the palate...stylish and nicely done.
 -
ENRICO BERGADANO
Barolo
"Sarmassa"
This wine seemed a bit precocious, showing some developed notes and a cherry quality.  Tannic, young and with nice fruit...hints of cherry pie.  5-10 years.
-
BURLOTTO
Barolo
"Vigneto Cannubi"
I found this wine to be extremely elegant and refined.  Softer tannins, perhaps, but nice fruit and beautifully balanced.
+
MARCHESI DI BAROLO
Barolo
"Cannubi"
Mildly smoky notes, this is a classically-styled wine which is, tasted in 2008, a bit muted.  It seems to lack brightness, but I suspect it will turn out to be a better wine in its latter stages.
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MARCHESI DI BAROLO
Barolo
"Sarmassa"
This bottling seemed more "complete" than the more famous Cannubi bottling from this winery.  Nice fruit, moderately tannic and good intensity.
BARALE
Barolo
"Castellero"
Showing hints of a spice note, this is a lean, tannic, muscular Barolo.  It's definitely "old school" and not a wine to open in the next couple of years...patience is required.
BARALE
Barolo
"Cannubi"
This may have a touch more cherry fruit than its sibling (above), with firm tannins and a bright future.  It's medium-full on the palate and another old-school wine for those willing to wait 5-15 years.
SANDRONE
Barolo
"Cannubi Boschis"
Medium-ruby in color, this offers really outstanding fruit on the nose and it's correspondingly deep on the palate.  Firm tannins, this is a bright with of great elegance and refinement.  Balanced.  I suspect 8 to 15 years will work handsomely here.
BOROLI
Barolo
"Cerequio"
I found this to be quite a good example of Barolo.  It will probably develop well, though my one concern was its balance: Does it have sufficient fruit to outlast the tannin?  My fear is it does not, so it will be interesting to set some bottles aside to see.
BREZZA
Barolo
"Bricco Sarmassa"
This wine features a curious resiny, almost piney quality and a moderate level of tannin.  It's a bit quirky...good, but not great yet I still found it interesting. Five to 8 years.
E. PIRA
Barolo
"Cannubi"
Medium garnet in color, this has a great nose!  Mildly floral and beautifully balanced on the palate, it's deep, nicely tannic and with plenty of fruit to balance the astringency.  Ten to 15 years...
VIRNA
Barolo
"Cannubi Boschis"
Good nose...classic style with some dusty tones a cherryish fruit.  Nice...deep, tannic and balanced.  Young and very promising.  Five to 15 years.
VIRNA
Barolo
"Preda Sarmassa"
This comes from two "cru" sites in Barolo, Preda and Sarmassa.  It's mildly leathery and lacks some of the fruit intensity of its sibling (above).  Eight to 12 years.
LUIGI EINAUDI
Barolo
"Nei Cannubi"
Medium garnet color.  Stylish and lightly oaked, but with deep fruit.  Impressive balance.  Needs five to 12 years.  Good length, too.
LUIGI EINAUDI
Barolo
"Costa Grimaldi"
There's no shortage of tannin to this young, aggressive Barolo!  It's a medium-bodied wine and probably worth cellaring 5-12 years, maybe more.  It's difficult to assess in its youth.
+ or -
GIUSEPPE RINALDI
Barolo
"Brunate-Le Coste
Good nose!  Classic, young, well-structured Barolo which seems fairly deep and lengthy despite it being backwards presently.  I suspect this will develop handsomely with 8-12, or so, more years.
-
BARTOLO MASCARELLO
Barolo
Some of the preceding wines perhaps overshadow this one a bit, but I found good fragrances of a typical, classic Barolo.  Mild leathery notes and it's moderately astringent.  This will be a good "old" wine in a decade, or so.
+
LUCIANO SANDRONE
Barolo
"Le Vigne"
This wine usually takes a back seat to Sandrone's Cannubi Boschis, but it seems much closer in quality and complexity in this vintage.  Great nose, complex, woodsy and showing plenty of fruit.  Very pretty...one of the best "Le Vigne" bottlings I've tasted as a young wine.
ELVIO COGNO
Barolo
"Ravera"
Good, typical Barolo.  Nothing fancy, just good grapes, well-vinified and made in a classic style.
Five to 10 years.
MARZIANO ABBONA
Barolo
"Terlo Rasera"
Complex nose with some resiny notes...this is a big, bruiser of a wine, tannic and hard-edged, but seems to be deep and promising.
GIACOMO GRIMALDI
Barolo
"Sotto Castello di Novello"
Woodsy, deep, nicely oaky Barolo.  Red fruits and good, "sweet" oak with a "sweet" finish.
ROBERTO SAROTTO
Barolo
"Audace"
A bit developed, this shows some brown spice and leathery notes in its complex fragrance.  I suspect this will show a rather tarry quality with 5 to 10 years more of cellaring.
ARMANDO PIAZZO
Barolo
With a light spice quality, this is a good, medium-bodied, straight-forward Barolo.
Five to 10 years of cellaring, perhaps.
GIACOSA FRATELLI
Barolo
"Vigna Mandorlo"
Nice cherry fruit with a lightly smoky quality on the nose...this has light tannins and is rather approachable now.  Three to 8 years, perhaps.
TENUTA MONTANELLO
Barolo
"Montanello"
Very complex fragrances, this shows some nice smoky tones and a woodsy element.  Medium-full on the palate and moderately tannic with sufficient fruit to cellar well, 5 to 15 years.
LIVIA FONTANA
Barolo
"Villero"
I suspect this will develop into a good "old wine," but it needs time in the bottle to arrive at that stage.  Presently it seems to lack a bit of fruit, though it is well-structured for cellaring.  A hint of anise comes through on the finish.
LIVIA FONTANA
Barolo
Perhaps a bit more "open" than the Villero bottling (above), this has some grippy tannins and decent fruit.  Needs time, though.
MONFALLETTO CORDERO di MONTEZEMOLO
Barolo
"Enrico VI"
A bit curiously colored, deeper than most.  It shows dark fruit aromas and some woodsy, oaky notes.  Dark berries, light oak and nicely tannic.  Good potential.  Showy wine.  Five to 15 years
ODDERO
Barolo
"Rocche di Castiglione"
Good, classic nose.  Dusty, cherry-like notes with a mildly smoky tone.  Good structure, tannic, classic.  Very fine.  Five to 15 years.
FRATELLI MONCHIERO
Barolo
"Rocche"
Showing a nice cherry tone, this is a good, straightforward, mildly tannic Barolo.  It seems to have good depth and length, needing 5 to 12 years.
CAVALLOTTO
Barolo
"Bricco Boschis"
Good fruit and a somewhat softer "texture" to this wine.  Dare I call it "supple"?  Subdued tannins with a firm backbone.  Nice.
+
FRANCO CONTERNO
CASCINA SCIULIN
Barolo
"Vigna Pugnane"
Typical Barolo fragrances with good acidity and firm tannins.  This will be a classic with time, showing good intensity in its youth.
+
GIACOMO FENOCCHIO
Barolo
"Villero"
Light woodsy notes on the nose to this medium-bodied Barolo.  Good length, but it's not especially deep or complex.  Just "nice."
Five to 8+ years.
BOROLI
Barolo
"Villero"
Cherry-like Nebbiolo fruit with some woodsy notes and a hint of vanillin.  There's a tobacco element lurking here.  It' a bit light on the palate presently--maybe a bit too "sheer"?  Tannic and mouth-drying.  Five to ten years.
VIETTI
Barolo
"Rocche"
Nice smoky notes, with some dark cherry fruit and an earthy quality along with its woodsy notes.  Very complex and lengthy.  Medium tannin level and very fine.  Five to 15 years.  Impressive.
ROCCHE COSTAMAGNA
Barolo
"Rocche dell'Annuziata"
Hints of cherry fruit to this light-colored Barolo.  Good fruit on the palate with mild tannins.  Nice now and should be fine for 3 to 8 years+.
ROCCHE COSTAMAGNA
Barolo
"Bricco Francesco"
Bigger and deeper than it's sibling (above), this is simply the same song played with greater enthusiasm.  Five to 12 years.
PODERI MARCARINI
Barolo
"Brunate"
Here's a coarse and tannic wine!  Mouth-drying...I wish it had a shade more fruit to balance the tannins.  Probably will be fine in 5 to 12 years.
-
PODERI MARCARINI
Barolo
"La Serra"
Lightly dusty with some cherryish fruit.  This is a medium-bodied, young Barolo.  Solid.  Needs 5-10 years.
GIANFRANCO BOVIO
Barolo
"Vigna Gattera"
Mildly cherryish fruit with a good balance of fruit and tannin.  Light astringency...5-10 years.
GIANFRANCO BOVIO
Barolo
"Vigna Arborina"
Mildly woodsy and cherryish, this is a bit deeper than the Gattera bottling (above).  Nice tannic balance with plenty of fruit.  Five to 15 years.
GIANNI GAGLIARDO
Barolo
"Serre"
Light tarry notes and a bit precocious...old school Barolo but it has a whiff of a woodsy note.  Five to 10 years.
CASCINA ADELAIDE
Barolo
"Fossati"
Slightly more intense color than most, this wine displays sweet spice notes on the nose and plenty of fruit.  It's certain a modern-styled wine with ample tannin and plenty of fruit to cellar well.  It should develop into an interesting and complex wine with 5 to 15 years.
AURELIO SETTIMO
Barolo
Here's a classically-styled Barolo.  Tannic, mouth-drying, astringent and definitely "old school."  One might fault it for lacking fruit, but it should turn into a wonderful bottle with 10 years in the cellar.
AURELIO SETTIMO
Barolo
"Rocche"
Lots of earthy and leathery notes to this classic Barolo.  Good structure, plenty of tannin and some fruit underneath.  This should be outstanding in 10 to 15 years...Old School, certainly.
+
MONFALLETTO CORDERO di MONTEZEMOLO
Barolo
"Bricco Gattera"
A shade darker in color than most, this is a deeply fruity red showing a note reminiscent of peach and lots of berry-like fruit.  It's quite unusual and atypical, though it does have Barolo tannins and structure.  Different, but a nice wine.  Five to 12 years, perhaps.
ODDERO
Barolo
"Brunate"
Classic nose with some smoky tones and a lightly woodsy element.  This is a lighter bodied Barolo and one of refinement and elegance.  I suppose this is typical, too, of the Brunate cru...good balance.  Five to 12 years.
MARIO MARENGO
Barolo
Typical garnet color, this shows some cherry and lightly leathery notes on the nose.  Cherryish on the palate and tannic...nice length, too. Fine.
MAURO VEGLIO
Barolo
"Rocche dell'Annunziata"
Sweet cherry aromas are front and center in this deeply fruit Barolo.  Mildly tannic, this is fairly deep and has nice length.  Fine.  Five to 15 years.
REVELLO
Barolo
"Vigna Conca"
Medium ruby color, this wine offers nice fruity aromas with lots of cherry and berry notes.  Mildly tannic, this is very fine and wonderfully balanced with rounder tannins.  Nice length, too.  Charming in its youth!  Five to 12 years.
-
REVELLO
Barolo
"Vigna Giachini"
While their Conca bottling (above) offers a measure of charm, this wine is more severe and tannic.  It's less fruity and has mouth-drying tannins. Way too young to be appreciated.  Five to ten to 15 years.
-
CASCINA BALLARIN
Barolo
"Bricco Rocca"
Mildly oaky and woodsy, this wine seems to have good fruit, too.  The wood dominates at this stage, but it should turn into a nicely showy bottle with five to ten years.
-
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Barolo
"Leon"
Nicely cherryish on the nose, this wine offers flavors of red fruits and mild tannins.  It's probably not a long-term cellaring wine, but for 3 to 8 years, maybe ten, it's good.
MARIO GAGLIASSO
Barolo
"Rocche dell'Annuziata"
The color already shows a touch of brown, but this will certainly turn into a tarry, old Barolo of old-school styling with 5 to 10 years of bottle aging.
MARIO GAGLIASSO
Barolo
"Torriglione"
This wine shows a more smoky quality compared to their Rocche bottling (above).  It has a shade more intensity and brighter fruit.  Still, old school...5 to 10 years+.
VIETTI
Barolo
"Brunate"
A more modern rendition of Barolo, this is teeming with cherry fruit and woodsy notes.  Medium bodied, it's nicely intense and very 'fine.'  Tannic, long and with a grippy, astringent, youthful finish.  Five to 15+ years.
-
MAURO MOLINO
Barolo
"Vigna Conca"
Nice cherry notes to the nose of this mildly tannic Barolo.  It's deeper than Molino's "Vigna Gancia," which is in the same style...typical.  Good.  Needs five to 10 years.
GIANNI VOERZIO
Barolo
"La Serra"
More intensely colored, along the lines of a Cabernet, actually.  It shows dark fruit aromas and blackberry fruit...a bit atypical in these respects.  Moderately tannic, though....very fine...deep and with a hint of anise on the finish.  Five to 15 years.
RENATO RATTI
Barolo
"Marcenasco"
I especially liked the nose of this aromatic, mildly herbal Barolo. I've found some interesting spice tones here with a sweet cherry character.  Plenty of fruit to match the tannin.  Nicely balanced.  Five to 12 years.
RENATO RATTI
Barolo
"Conca"
Medium+ garnet in color, this wine, too, has plenty of fruit.  Dark berry aromas and flavors with balanced tannins.  Deep.  Impressive. Five to 15 years.
-+
SILVIO GRASSO
Barolo
"Bricco Luciani"
Coming after the plush Ratti wines, this seemed a bit more lean and wiry.  It's an old-school Barolo with good tannin and structure.  I liked the texture of the wine on the palate...not too aggressive, but fine.  Five to 12 years.
SILVIO GRASSO
Barolo
"Ciabot Manzoni"
Medium ruby in color...deeper than Grasso's "Luciani" bottling (above).  Woodsy and mildly oaky...somewhat more modern in style.  Full and moderately tannic...Five to 15 years.
MICHELE CHIARLO
Barolo
"Cerequio"
Here's a tannic little monster!  It's got a bit of brown on its robe, plenty of tannin and is quite astringent.  It's a reasonable Barolo, but lacks a bit of the "majesty" one might expect from the Cerequio cru.  Tannic and tight.  Five to 12 years' worth of tannin...not sure about the fruit.
TERRA DA VINO
Barolo
"Essenze"
"Essenze" is not a single vineyard wine, but a blend of Nebbiolo from six sites.  I found it curiously peppery and more reminiscent of a Rhône wine than of Barolo.  Tannic and tight like Barolo, with a berry and spice tone.  Five to ten years of cellaring...I gave it a star as a nice red, but it's unusual as Barolo.
BURLOTTO
Barolo
"Acclivi"
Nicely fruity notes, with hints of cherry and berry fruit.  It's a fairly tannic Barolo but with sufficient fruit to match the astringency.  Coarse presently...needs five to 12 years.
TENUTA ROCCA
Barolo
"Vigna San Pietro"
Medium- ruby in color, this wine has a nice fragrance, with good fruit and tannin.  It's a cellarworthy bottling, a bit backwards in its youth.  Needs 8 to 10 years...a tad woodsy at the moment.
+
SILVANO BOLMIDA
Barolo
"Bussia"
I found resiny, somewhat minty notes in this mildly herbal, distinctive Barolo.  It's a good, medium-bodied Barolo with moderate tannins.  Needs 5-10 years.
JOSETTA SAFFIRIO
Barolo
Here's an oak-driven wine!  But it has nice fruit, some cedar and vanillin notes and it's rather silky on the palate...hardly old school!  Moderately tannic, this can go for five to ten years, probably.
JOSETTA SAFFIRIO
Barolo
"Persiera"
I found this to be more jammy and ripe than their entry-level bottling (above).  It seemed to me to be lacking in vitality (perhaps too long in wood?)...Not sure.
?
MONTI
Barolo
"Bussia"
There's a bit of brown on the robe of this classically-styled Barolo.  There's a leathery aspect to the nose, as well, with some woodsy undertones.  It's a bit shallow, though.  Maybe time will endow this with more?  
MAURO VEGLIO
Barolo
"Castelleto"
Brown spice notes on the nose here, this shows a touch of nutmeg and some earthy tones.  Medium-bodied, tannic and well-structured.  Needs a decade of cellaring.
RUGGERI CORSINI
Barolo
"Corsini"
The question here is of balance...too much tannin and not enough fruit, perhaps?  It's got light cherry notes on the palate with a fairly aggressive level of astringency.  Woodsy, too.  Eight to 12 years of cellaring...
ROCCHE DEI MANZONI
Barolo
"Vigna Cappella di S. Stefano"
This is a powerful bottle of wine! There's a combination of oaky, woodsy notes along with some resiny, earthy features.  It's intense and intensely tannic.  I suspect this will cellar well for 20 years, maybe more.  Quite complex and deep.
ROCCHE DEI MANZONI
Barolo
"Vigna d'la Roul"
Less of a full-throttle wine than its sibling (above), this is still a very fine bottle.  There's a touch of wood here and I faulted it a bit for being a tad short on the palate.  Quite complex on the nose, however.  It's tannic and needs five to 15 years.
CASCINA BALLARIN
Barolo
"Bussia"
Lots of sweet barrique notes, with high-toned fragrances of Allier oak.  Soft tannins, this is dry and medium-bodied.  Nice finish.  The wood is center stage presently, so this will not appeal to those who like classic Barolo.  Still, I think it's impressive.
PRUNOTTO
Barolo
"Bussia"
What this has in elegance, it misses in intensity.  Perhaps the wine is simple at a stage where it's 'closed' and it's me who's "missing" something.  Tasted in May of 2008, however, this could use greater intensity.
???
GIOVANNI SORDO
Barolo
"Ceretta di Perno"
I found this brickish-colored wine to show rustic, classic Barolo notes along with an herbal tone and some cedary, woodsy elements.  Medium-bodied and moderately tannic, I rather liked it.  A neighboring taster proclaimed it "dirty and unpresentable."
Your mileage may vary.
MARZIANO ABBONA
Barolo
"Pressenda"
The oak is certainly prominent in this wine as of May, 2008.  But there seems to be a nicely balanced tannic structure with fruit to go along with both the oak and astringency.  Five to 12 years.
ALDO CONTERO
Barolo
"Colonello"
After some oaky wines, this wine showed itself in classic fashion.  Brickish robe, there's a nicely cherryish quality to the nose. On the palate, though, the wine is a bit light or as though it's missing a bit of depth. 
GIANFRANCO ALESSANDRIA
Barolo
"San Giovanni"
Nice sweet cherry notes on the nose with a bit of cedary oak.  It's dry and mildly tannic, with a nice balance of fruit and oak.  Probably can cellar nicely for 5 to 15 years.
GIANFRANCO ALESSANDRIA
Barolo
Less wood than the single vineyard wine (above), this shows nice cherry fruit.  It's moderately tannic and should develop nicely over the next 5 to 12 years.
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PODERI COLLA
Barolo
"Dardi Le Rose-Bussia"
Brickish in color, this is a rather earthy Barolo with a lightly stony aspect.  Mild to medium tannins and classically-styled.  Needs 5-12 years+.
GIACOMO FENOCCHIO
Barolo
"Bussia"
There's an elegant aspect to this dry, moderately tannic, young Barolo.  It's got a light cherry fruit note and mouth-drying tannins.  Needs 5-12+ years.
ARMANDO PARUSSO
Barolo
There's a hint of a peachy tone along with deep berry fruit to this somewhat modern rendition of Barolo.  Medium-full on the palate, with good structure and mild tannins.  The fruit will last nicely with the tannin.  Five to 12+ years, maybe more.
BRUNA GRIMALDI
Barolo
"Badarina Vigna Regnola"
A bit shy on the nose at this stage, but I found a nice touch of cherries and a moderate level of tannin.  The wine has good intensity in the mouth and plenty of fruit.  Should be good in 5-10 years.
MASSOLINO
VIGNA RIONDA
Barolo
"Margheria"
Fairly muscular and a bit lean presently, this austere Barolo shows a touch of wood and firm tannins.  I suspect it will unfold handsomely if given 5-15 years in the cellar.
GEMMA
Barolo
Showing hints of a smoky and woodsy quality, this wine is a bit rustic.  It's already got a touch of a tarry note.  Medium-bodied.  Tannic.  Good.  Five to 12 years.
CASCINA CUCCO
Barolo
"Vigna Cucco"
With a light cherry quality on the nose, there's a suggestion of oak lurking in the back.  Good, youthful Barolo, I even found a note reminiscent of melon on the palate.  Berries, too.  Nice balance.  Five to 12 years+.
Their Cerrati bottling might be worthy of a star, too, but it was really closed in this tasting.
LUIGI PIRA
Barolo
"Vigna Margheria"
This is a wine of promise, like many others.  It's medium-bodied, mildly cherryish and has nice elegance on the nose and palate.  Very fine.  Five to 15 years.
BROVIA
Barolo
"Cà Mia"
Nice cherry pie notes, with good fruit a touch of brown spice.  Zesty and bright on the palate...I often find Brovia's wines overly aggressive on the palate, but this seems well-balanced.  Five to 12+ years.
LUIGI BAUDANA
Barolo
"Ceretta"
This shows a note reminiscent of coconut, but nice fruit and it's deep and complex.  The fruit seems up to the tannin, suggesting good cellaring potential.  Five to ten to 15 years, probably.
LUIGI BAUDANA
Barolo
"Baudana"
A bit more traditionally styled than the wild Ceretta bottling (above), this has less wood and nice fruit.  Still, it's a really good Barolo.  Five to ten years.
ETTORE GERMANO
Barolo
"Prapò"
Mildly earthy notes on the nose, this is a classically tannic Barolo that's a bit backwards at this point, but poised to age handsomely.  Good intensity.  Five to 15 years.
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ETTORE GERMANO
Barolo
"Cerretta"
Another classically-styled Barolo which seems a bit closed and probably under-rated as a result... Good fruit up front with notes of cherries.  Ample tannin for cellaring five to 15 years.
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PIO CESARE
Barolo
"Ornato"
This old-time Barolo producer makes a wonderful wine, but I'm certain old-timers don't recognize the wine as "Barolo."  It shows a lovely nutmeg spice fragrance...very sweet perfumes on the nose, but it's a showy wine and with softer tannins.
PIO CESARE
Barolo
Lots of fruity notes and less oak and less intensity than their "Ornato" bottling.  It's certainly stylistically similar, so it's hardly a normal Barolo.  Modern, nice red wine...drinkable now-2014, or so.


Some top drops...

American "Wine Buyers"

Actually...we're wine merchants and "wine sellers," but the Albesi view us, from their perspective, as "buyers."

Later in the afternoon, many attended a vertical tasting of Cavallotto Barolo.

They don't get much better than Cavallotto's 1971 Bricco Boschis, though the 1978 was hot on its heels!

John Downing at work...

Pietro Ratti takes time for some Industrial Espionage.

I drove to a small producer in Barbaresco for a tasting and tour...



Adriano winery...

Dinner, afterwards, was at a famous restaurant called Guido in Pollenza.




Molto fancy!

 



Back to tasting Barolo!


Producers are invited to taste around mid-day.
This gives them a chance to see what sort of wines their neighbors are making.

Later--more winery visits.


Lab samples.

More driving around the beautiful Langhe hills.

Castiglione Falletto.


Amy Dixon on the job.

Afterwards everyone, giornalisti, wine buyers and producers gathered in Alba on the main drag for a sip of bubbly and to toast our completion of a wonderful week of tasting and education.








A nearby window had a sign "searching for a wife."


Giovanni Testa of the Produttori del Barbaresco...and his lovely daughter Simona
who was one of a large crew of people making this whole event possible.

And...speaking of the Produttori....

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