January 8, 2020
There is so much excitement around Italian wine here in America. It always seems to make sense to me, we eat a lot of Italian inspired food, so the wines fit nicely into our diet as well. Today let’s look at the 2015 vintage specifically in Barolo. A warm year that has led to a more approachable set of wines that also have the ability to improve if cellared. Similar to 2015 Bordeaux, this is a vintage worth taking seriously. We have stocked up, as usual in a really good vintage and I am pleased to offer these fabulous wines, that said we have no more than 24 bottles of any of these, so please act quickly if interested.
Ascheri Barolo 2015 ($29.99)- referred to as the 3 Vineyards blend, there is no better value in our Barolo selection. Round and approachable, its not oaky/modern, but it is soft and completely enjoyable to drink now, especially with a braise. 93 Wine Spectator, 93 Suckling, 91 Wine Advocate. Order Now!
Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2015 ($119.99)- “…tradition and innovation are close friends at Conterno Fantino,” says Neil Empson, importer for Conterno Fantino. That said this Sori Ginestra is one of the most sought after wines in our offering. We never get more than 12 bottles. The display of tar and dark fruit is really inviting, this is one of those wines you can drink or save, pretty terrific stuff. 97 Suckling, 96 Wine Advocatte, 95 Wine Spectator, 94 Vinous. Order Now!
Marcarini- what a tale of two wines here, the Marcarini family has produced a gem in their Barolo La Serra 2015 ($59.99), silky and harmonious, this is a wine that is full of pleasure, 93 Vinous. On the other hand is the Barolo Brunate 2015 ($64.99), powerful and structured, this is intense and needs some cellaring, it is indeed better wine but also more bruising, 94 Suckling, 92 Vinous. Order Now!
Bongiovanni- similar to the Marcarini wines, we have one ready to drink and one cellar-worthy wine from Bongiovanni. Barolo 2015 ($64.99), is forward, floral and in harmony, a very fine choice for drinking something really great right now, 94 Suckling. Barolo Pernanno 2015 ($89.99), is a more tightly-wound wine with considerable tannin and unquestionably ready to rest for three years or so before blossoming, 94 Suckling Order Now!
Einaudi Barolo Cannubi 2015 ($99.99)- this is an iconic wine, the truly great vineyard of Cannubi is always worth seeking out, and in the hands of the Einaudi winery we expect to see that wine be built for aging. The 2015 shows some warmth and a larger body than usual, but still plenty of floral and bright acidity to pair. Amazing stuff here, 93 Wine Advocate, 93 Vinous, 93 Suckling. Order Now!
Brovia- one of the most traditional producers, we generally buy the wines every year, they are always built to last. Barolo 2015 ($59.99), the blend of the lesser vines in the big brother vineyards, this is always a stylish look at Brovia. Barolo Ca Mia 2015 ($99.99) is a tremendous wine, built and structured, Galloni says it, “captures all best the vintage has to offer.” Along with the understanding that it will need time to display all of that. 94+ Vinous, 94 Suckling. Barolo Rocche Castigglione 2015 ($99.99), this is generally a wine that ages forever, that said in this warm vintage this wine is bigger than usual and will only need a few years to come together. Amazing wine! 97 Wine Enthusiast, 95 Wine Advocate, 94 Vinous.