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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 2016/17 Barolo 750ml

$69.99

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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Pio Cesare 2017 Barolo 750ml

$130.35

The 2014 Barolo shows crisp lines and sharp delineation. At its core, this cool-vintage Nebbiolo offers dark and enriched fruit that is layered between spice, grilled herb, cola and balsam herb. These various components find very good balance and unity,...

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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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Gaja 2017 Sperss Barolo 750ml

$621.65

Following so quickly after the celestial 2016 vintage, this Gaja 2017 Barolo Sperss shows muscle and brawn; however, the Conteisa holds its own in terms of aromatic complexity. With fruit from Serralunga d'Alba, that added concentration and determination...

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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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Brovia 2014 Barolo Unio 750ml

$112.95

Here's an interesting expression from Alex Sanchez and Elena and Cristina Brovia in Castiglione Falletto. The 2014 Barolo Unìo opens to a dark color tonality and an immediately velvety texture. The bouquet is brimming with dark fruit aromas...

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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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Elvio Cogno 2017 Barolo "Cascina Nuova" 750ml

$78.17

This wine is a sure bet from Elvio Cogno and such a steal. The 2017 Barolo Cascina Nuova delivers ample intensity and power. In this regard, it keeps faithfully in line with the expectations of a hot vintage that rendered more concentrated and sweeter...

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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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Gaja 2017 Conteisa Barolo 750ml

$469.47

  The 2017 Barolo Conteisa is rich, ample and inviting. Sweet pipe tobacco, cedar and dried flowers lend captivating aromatic presence to the Gaja family's La Morra Barolo. Even so, the 2017 is quite closed today, which is rather unusual for a wine...

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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 -- Kerrin...

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Aldo Conterno 2016 Barolo "Bussia" DOCG 750ml

$199.91

A fresh and elegant red, showing aromas and flavors of cut hay, strawberry, cherry, iron, eucalyptus and tar. Lithe and intense, with a long, savory aftertaste. Best from 2024 through 2045.  Score: 95 points -- BS, Wine Spectator, 2021

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