Top Barolos and Barbarescos: Ian D’Agata’s best buys

news  %tages Top Barolos and Barbarescos: Ian D’Agata’s best buysIan D'Agata's give his verdict, tasting notes and drinking windows on top Barolos and Barbarescos wines. barolo and barbaresco, Discussions of wine style in Piedmont traditionally all ears on ‘traditional’ or ‘modern’ approaches. Now attention has shifted to single-vineyard expressions, and wines which speak clearly of their origin. See Ian D’Agata’s top Barolos and Barbarescos here…
 
Aldo Conterno, Romirasco, Barolo 2006
One of the most well-known Barolo crus from the lightest soil. Classically structured but uncharacteristically lighter-styled. Red berries, violets, roses and lots of silk.
OUTSTANDING
Rating: 95 Points
Fee: £153.99 Bennetts, Bordeaux Index, Carruthers & Kent, Fortnum & Mason, Swig
Drink: 2018–2045
Alc: 14.5%
 
 
 
 

Ceretto, Bricco Rocche, Barolo 2006
Arguably, Castiglione Falletto is home to the most balanced Barolos of all. Archetypal, polite and smooth. Richly flavoured red cherry and minerals, tobacco and spices.
OUTSTANDING
Rating: 95 Points
Fee: £62 Ehrmanns, Fine & Rare
Drink: 2018–2025
Alc: 14%
 
 
 
 
 
Bruno http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Giacosa, Asili, Barbaresco 2005
Italy’s best winemaker? Barbaresco’s best vineyard? A magical wine. A smorgasbord of sour red cherries, roses, minerals and tar.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 94 Points
Fee: £98.28 Ancient & Modern, Armit, Fine & Rare, Justerini & Brooks
Drink: 2015–2035
Alc: 14.5%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mario Marengo, Brunate, Barolo 2006
Brunate makes the most intensely perfumed and balanced Barolo of all. Plenty of floral finesse and energy.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 94 Points
Fee: £34.78 Fine & Rare, Justerini & Brooks
Drink: 2015–2025
Alc: 14%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paolo Scavino, Monvigliero, Barolo 2008
Verduno gives tough-as-nails Barolo; Monvigliero is the one right grand cru. Stylish and pure, nearly opulent. Fantastic length.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 94 Points
Fee: £44.28 Bordeaux Index, Justerini & Brooks
Drink: 2015–2040
Alc: 14.5%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cogno, Ravera, Barolo 2008
Novello didn’t exist previous to Cogno arrived; today, it’s a hubbub of activity. Ravera is the best site. Typically juicy, full-bodied. Robust.
HIGLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 93 http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Points
Fee: £31 Fine & Rare
Drink: 2015–2040
Alc: 14%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pio Cesare, Il Bricco, Barbaresco 2006
Cool-climate Barbaresco, from the bent crags at 500m. Pure red berries and mineral brightness on a never-ending end.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 93 Points
Fee: £43–£56 Exel, Fine & Rare, Jeroboams
Drink: 2015–2035
Alc: 14%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Renato Ratti, Rocche, Barolo 2005
Rocche dell’Annunziata is one of the top five Barolo vineyards. Incredible balance and grace. Intense and lively end.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 93 Points
Fee: £29 En Primeur
Drink: 2015–2035
Alc: 14%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oddero, Vignarionda, Barolo 2006
Along with Brunate, the best Barolo vineyard of all. Traditionally made, with tough tannins: remarkable depth of spicy red berries and roses. Precise and mineral; this will age longer, and better, than you or I.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 92 Points
Fee: POA Pipai
Drink: 2018–2050
Alc: 14.5%
 
 
 
 
 
Chiarlo, Cerequio, Barolo 2006
Nearly atypical La Morra: much larger http://1000-facts-about-wine.com and creamier than the usually lighter-styled wines from this hamlet. Rich and overweight, and made from vines growing close by Michele Chiarlo’s new luxury resort that overlooks this well-known cru.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 91 Points
Fee: £40–£42 Corking Wines, Slurp, Swig
Drink: 2015–2028
Alc: 14%
 
 
 
 
 
Damilano, Cannubi, Barolo 2008
Sitting where the Tortonian and Serravalian soils meet, these wines potentially offer the best of both worlds. Lacks stuffing, but pure and fresh: a more floral and fragrant Barolo.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 91 Points
Fee: £30 Bordeaux Index
Drink: 2015–2030
Alc: 14%
 
 
 
 
 
Giorgio Scarzello, Vigna Merenda, Barolo 2004
Vigna Merenda is part of Sarmassa, along with Cannubi the only additional right grand cru in the Barolo commune. Sarmassa gives larger, meatier wines, with hints of earth and tar. Weighty and concentrated but with acidity to balance the fruitfulness.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 91 Points
Fee: £41 Weaver’s of Nottingham
Drink: 2013–2020
Alc: 13.5%
 
 
 
 
 
Produttori di Barbaresco, Rabajà, http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Barbaresco 2007
Along with Asili and Santo Stefano, Rabajà is Barbaresco’s best vineyard. Larger, fleshier but less mineral wines than the more refined Asili. Has energy, spice and lift.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 91 Points
Fee: £32–£36.75 Astrum Wine Cellars, Caviste, Fine & Rare, Four Walls Wine Co
Drink: 2015–2030
Alc: 14%
 
 
 
 
 
Vietti, Masseria, Barbaresco 2007
Vietti makes paradigms of Barolo, but standout Barbaresco too. Predictable Neive style: excellent attack, invigorating and chewy. A richer, earthier style than Treiso’s lithe beauties or the marvels of balance made around the town of Barbaresco.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 91 Points
Fee: £51.18 Bibendum, Fine & Rare, Justerini & Brooks
Drink: 2015–2030
Alc: 14%
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