Cordero di Montezemolo 2017 Barolo "Monfalletto" 750ml
The 2017 Barolo Monfalletto does an impressive job of showing the most detailed and elegant side of a vintage that threw quite a few curveballs at the vintners of the Langa and most of Italy because of heat and a lack of summer water reserves. This wine gently sidesteps all those difficulties to instead focus on the inner purity of the Nebbiolo grape. There is a fresh layer of wild cherry that quickly cedes to more substantial tones of earth, cedar and spice. The tannin is more present in the 2017. Monfalletto draws most of its fruit from the Gattera cru and some from Annunziata, both located in La Morra where this historic winery is located.
Score: 93+ points -- Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate, 2021