Everyone agrees that these are wines that will more than stand the test of time. This has 10 to 20 years ahead of it, which it will do standing on its head. 90. Critics have scored this wine 94 points. Very fine tannins, very good length, and the intensity is maintained right through. Ratings are from one to five stars. Glorious Burgundy Is Experiencing An Unprecedented Golden Age Of Fantastic Wine Vintages. —K.O. Paola Rinaldi of the Rinaldi winery has noted that 2016 avoided the heat of the vintages either side, more typical for the region. Your email address will not be published. Spices, chocolate, florals, licorice, and earthy notes. One vintage about which there seems to be no argument is 2016 Barolo of Italy. Cellar Selection. This has been controversial and created considerable angst throughout the region. Then there was a run of superb years of varying character from 1995 to 2001 (usually, only Margaret River can boast such a long run of successively great years). Excellent balance. 95. List Price: $44.00. Attractive wine but does not have the endless length of the very best. Italy’s most famous wine lives up to the hype after a spectacular, long 2016 growing season, perfect for the thin skinned, sometimes finicky Nebbiolo. It might sound odd but the aromas are reminiscent of a fresh mountain meadow. This is a cracker. A mix of both red and black fruits and chocolate notes. It opens with enticing aromas of woodland berry, rose, camphor, botanical herb and exotic spice while the elegantly structured palate doles out juicy red cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice and cinnamon. Dark red. All class. Sweet tobacco, cedar, blood orange, mint, licorice, dried red cherry and sage give the 2016 lovely savory brightness to match its mid-weight structure. "A superb wine in the making" Vinous - "The 2016 Barolo is a powerful, deep wine that is going to need time to soften and further open up. Comm. Rose, iris, red berry and camphor mingle with a whiff of dark spice on this gorgeous, radiant red. The fair, settled weather allowed for flowering to lead onto a perfect fruit-set, with the vines laden with nascent grapes. For me, hands down the pick of the Einaudi Barolos here. —K.O. 93. 92. The summer arrived with warmer temperatures but without the intense heat of 2015. The 2016 Marcarini del Comune di La Morra Barolo is one of the most anticipated wines to cross our tasting table this year. Deep red here. Poderi Luigi Einaudi Barolo Terlo Vigna Costa Grimaldi 2016. It’s focused and compelling, but hold for even more complexity. Youthful, tight, complex. Pale crimson. Deep, brick red. Bacchanal Wine Imports. The color is a mahogany red. The wines come from the Piedmont region in northern Italy. This should age superbly for many years. More florals, more refined, more concentration. A lovely wine but if one wanted to be picky, it perhaps lacks a smidge of intensity on the finish. Focused and full bodied, the precise palate is delicious and firmly structured, featuring ripe red cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice and tobacco framed in tightly knit fine-grained tannins. Brovia 2016 Brea Vigna Ca’ Mia (Barolo); $106, 100 points. 91. I’ll confess, this is a favorite producer for me and one that was always going to be a star in 2016. Thank You! Plenty of grip but those tannins are very fine. Admittedly *extremely* young wines, this tasting is intended to inform which '16s I should lay down for long-term aging. Barolo is one of the world’s most iconic and sought after red wines. Coffee beans, florals, dark cherries, vanilla. This is open and supple. This is complex, has really good length, silky tannins, and exhibits a glorious elegance. —K.O. This is from the more refined end of the spectrum. Photo ©Tom Hyland. For more information, please visit www.baralefratelli.it. The 2016 wines will certainly be more approachable when young than the vintages of the past, but will age for many years; 2016 Barolo is a vintage set to appeal to novice wine lovers and old hands equally. Lovely flavors, a powerful style. Barolo is a DOCG ( Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) region found in the northern Italian region of Piedmont. Power with elegance. 97. Critics have scored this wine 89 points. If Barolo has not been your thing, this is the vintage that will surely convince you of its glory. Impossible to imagine otherwise. Vias Imports. Good concentration here. The complexity of this wine is evident from the first moment. Tenuta Montanello Barolo Castiglione Falletto 2015. Sour cherries. Good acidity and excellent length. The bottom line here is that this is a superstar. Serve it with a slab of dinosaur or a big powerful cheese. This wine has good focus. Gaja 2016 Sperss (Barolo); $250, 99 points. Fresh acidity provides impeccable balance and aging potential. These powerful wines combine elegance with firm structure, offering delicate notes of rose, herbs and red berry framed by licorice and tobacco creating breathtaking tension. From the estate that proved the extraordinary quality of the Ravera subzone, this compelling wine opens with heady scents of rose, iris, perfumed berry, new leather and camphor. Some mention 2001. The wine does have a little hint of mongrel about it, not always a bad thing. Drink 2024–2046. Here you can find our guide to Piedmont vintages and associated content on Barolo and Barbaresco. Drink 2024–2056. Has a good ten years plus ahead of it. Sweet red cherry, mint, iron, rose petal and blood orange are some of the many aromas and flavors There was another very fine run of top years from 2004 to 2011; 2013, 2014, and 2015 all have their devotees; but 2016 is the shining star for many. This is a plush style, not as focused as some and perhaps a little broad. They are famously described as having the aroma/flavors of “tar and roses.” Good bottles will age for many, many years. —K.O. Skurnik Wines, Inc. Cellar Selection. Books, many of them, have been written about these wines, so we need do little more than a very brief outline here. The 2016 is an attractive wine, but it is also light and somewhat faded in character. Maintains its intensity throughout and there is even a hint of the famed Burgundian peacock’s tail one occasionally encounters in the top wines from that region on the finish. Elvio Cogno 2016 Ravera (Barolo); $112, 99 points. Fine tannins, firm acidity. Great balance and length. This one stands back, confident in its sheer class. Cellar Selection. You're saving $4.01! This article is brought to you by Barolo Week, sponsored by Fontanafredda, an iconic Barolo producer founded by the first king of Italy. There is a hint of sappy briary notes, but it is all finely balanced. Basically (and legally), the wines need three years of aging after the vintage (at least 18 months of this in oak) before release. Light ruby and garnet in the glass. Quite chocolatey near the end of the palate. Hold for even more complexity. Rose, pine forest, wild berry, new leather and star anise are just some of the aromas you’ll find on this drop-dead gorgeous wine. Firmly structured but also boasting extraordinary finesse, the chiseled palate delivers ripe morello cherry, crushed raspberry, star anise and tobacco set against a backbone of taut fine-grained tannins. Ionia Atlantic Imports, LLC. This is a little more rustic than some but no less appealing for that. Bordeaux 2010, 2009, and 2005; Burgundy 2010, 2002, and 1999; Champagne 2008 and 2012; Vintage Port 2011 and 2016; and so on. Gracious and light on its feet, the Albe has so much to offer.” 02/20 For fun, I have thrown in a Barbaresco – also stellar in 2016. Soldera Wines: Sensational Super Tuscans With A Hollywood-Worthy Backstory, Taylor’s Trio Of New Vintage Ports: There Will Be Comparative Tastings For Decades To Come, Port Vintage 2016: One Of The Most Declared Vintages Of All Time, A Sensational Year, Your email address will not be published. For more information, please visit www.gioso.wine. Antonio Galloni 91 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “Vajra's Barolo Albe is bright, floral and wonderfully lifted in 2016. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links. For more information, please visit www.tenutamontanello.com. Nebbiolo for Barolo at Cantina Diego Morra in Verduno (May 2016). Nebbiolo is the grape variety behind the top-quality red wines of Piedmont, northwestern Italy, the most notable of which are Barolo and Barbaresco. Cellar Selection. High performance escapement with “triple pare-chute” protection. Dark color. A little more concentration on the finish here, but one feels that it is still building, and this is definitely a wine that will be better in five years. 96+ Points from Galloni, who asserts that this single cru Barolo “brings together all the best elements of his style and year in a wine that is simply brilliant. Barolo is the great wine of Italy and one of the truly great reds made anywhere on the planet. By continuing to use our Services and/or submitting the above information, you agree to our use of cookies and the terms of our Superb quality here. Barolo 2016: A Modern Day Classic – Updated with Reviews Between March and April of this year, I reviewed 359 Barolos from the fantastic 2016 vintage. In comparison with the standard Barolo from Einaudi, this is a step up. Some pleasing chocolatey notes on the palate. 96. A seamless style with excellent length. There is both power and balance. For more information, please visit www.trediberri.com. Aromas of rose, red berry, dark spice, smoke and wild herb shape the nose on this structured red. The wine shows terrific balance and depth, with rich fruit aromas framed by smoke, tar, ferrous earth and tangy licorice. The full-bodied structured palate is still young and primary but already shows raspberry compote, ripe Marasca cherry, star anise, tobacco and the barest hint of game. Piedmont vintage guide in brief. Red fruits, sour cherry notes and a lovely chocolatey finish. Some tasting notes The tannins are silk personified. VIN96 The 2016 Barolo Bricco Fiasco is a glorious wine. Really impressive length. 92. The grape that makes these extraordinary wines is Nebbiolo. Rosenthal Wine Merchant. Exclusively made with the red grape variety Nebbiolo, aged for at least 3 years these wines are opulent with silky black fruit characters that linger on the palate. Flavors move through mushrooms to smoked meats. 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