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Barolo

barolo.jpgBy Megan Cole - Flickr: Piemonte, Italy, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16210737

Few would dispute that, in terms of prestige, Barolo sits at the top the hierarchy of Italian wines. In the hills around the villages of Barolo, La Morra, Castiglione Falletto, Serrralunga D'Alba. Monforte D'Alba and a handful of others, the Nebbiolo grape reaches its zenith, producing rich, intense, long-lived red wines. Marquis always carries a wide selection of Barolos, including some available nowhere else in British Columbia.

Azelia 2016 Barolo 750ml

$65.99

Azelia's 2016 Barolo is a blend of fruit from two parcels in Castiglione Falletto and five in Serralunga, with the character of Serralunga especially felt in the wine's tannic grip and persistence. Iron, sage, mint, smoke and wild cherry give the Barolo...

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Elio Grasso 2015 Barolo Ginestra Casa Mate 750ml

$165.13

There is slightly more structure to the 2015 Barolo Ginestra Casa Maté than to the Gavarini Chiniera of the same vintage, and the only differences here are the soils and that this fruit is harvested about ten days later. It's a pretty fascinating...

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Elio Grasso 2014 Barolo 750ml

$112.95

This is a new wine that was only made in this vintage to address low yields and difficult growing conditions. In truth, it was also produced in 2002 for the same reasons. The 2014 Barolo is a blend of Nebbiolo grapes from the Grasso family's best...

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Azelia 2014/2016 Barolo Margheria DOCG 750ml

$159.99

The 2014 Barolo Margheria opens with beguiling, deep-pitched aromatics. Bright red cherry and plum fruit, licorice, anise, rose water and orange peel are some of the many notes that give the wine its personality. Bright, saline and sculpted in feel, the...

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Chiara Boschis 2017 Barolo "Via Nuova" 750ml

$125.99

Once again, the 2015 Barolo Via Nuova shows why the blending of several sites was the approach favored by Barolo producers until the 1960s, when the fascination for single-vineyard wines started to take off. Maybe the old-times knew something after all...

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Paolo Conterno 2015 Barolo Ginestra DOCG 750ml

$95.56

The 2015 Barolo Ginestra opens with scents of raspberry, orange peel, star anise and cinnamon. Powerful and wiry, the 2015 expresses the essence of Ginestra, with that combination of aromatic intensity and nervous energy that is such a signature. I would...

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Vietti 2017 Barolo Castiglione 750ml

$126.00

"The 2007 Barolo Castiglione deftly balances the open, radiant personality of the vintage with considerable underlying structure. Warm, dense and full-bodied, the 2007 Barolo Castiglione flows effortlessly across the palate with generous fruit and...

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Gaja 2014 Sperss Barolo 750ml

$543.39

This is a slightly more subdued vintage of this legendary wine, albeit just as sophisticated as past editions. The 2014 Barolo Sperss opens to gorgeous aromas of dark fruit, wet earth and white truffle. The vineyards in Serralunga d'Alba produced much...

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Palladino 2016 Barolo "Comune di Serralunga" 750ml

$72.08

The Palladino 2016 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d'Alba sees fruit sourced from various sites in the greater comune, or village, of Serralunga d'Alba, known for some of the most robust and power expressions of Nebbiolo in the appellation. That fruit is...

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Abrigo Giovanni 2016 Barolo "Ravera" 750ml

$73.82

  Delicate aromas of rose petal, baking spice and tobacco emerge from the glass. The juicy palate offers red cherry, clove and white pepper alongside firm youthful tannins and solid acidity. Drink 2024–2032.  Score: 90 points --...

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Elvio Cogno 2016 Barolo "Cascina Nuova" 750ml

$78.17

Of the four Elvio Cogno Baroli out on the market now, this wine is the most immediate and accessible of the bunch. Production is an ample 20,000 bottles. The 2016 Barolo Cascina Nuova is a terrific wine with impeccable balance. The bouquet offers dark...

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Ettore Germano 2016 Barolo "Prapo" DOCG 750ml

$108.60

The 2016 Barolo Prapò captures all of the wild, unrestrained character that is so typical of wines from this district of Serralunga. Dried herbs, menthol, underbrush, licorice, pine, cloves and incense play off a core of dark fruit. Virile and...

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Palladino 2013 Barolo Riserva "San Bernardo" 750ml

$121.65

Completing this tour de force collection of wines from Serralunga d'Alba is Palladino's 2013 Barolo Riserva San Bernardo, only produced in the best vintages. This is by far the most intense and complex of the wines presented this year. It shows a tight...

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Palladino 2016 Barolo "Parafada" 750ml

$86.86

Of these three new Baroli from Palladino, the 2016 Barolo Parafada is the wine that, to me, offers the most enjoyable and accurate balance between power and elegance. These 2016 releases show enormous fruit weight and more alcoholic heat (with a 15%...

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Bersano 2010 Badarina Barolo Riserva 750ml

$99.91

Made with grapes from areas highly suited to impart aromas, flavours and exceptional character. It ‘an important wine with a great longevity. The long aging in oak barrels enhances balance and harmony, great strength together with the unique and...

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Claudio Boggione 2015 Barolo "Brunate" 750ml

$82.52

After a decent interval to let the wine breathe, the 2015 shows its great potential – fragrant with flowers and earth; plenty of bright juicy fruit, but overall savory in character, with pronounced ripe tannins – as you taste the wine it...

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