Note:This red shows some purity to the rose, strawberry and cherry fruit, along with tar, mineral and underbrush flavors. Elegant, though the finish clamps down for now, with a crisp, lightly astringent feel. Best from 2021 through 2035. 600 cases made. –BS
Note:This strikes a nice balance between fruity and savory elements, delivering cherry, strawberry, floral, licorice and tobacco notes on a delicate frame. Harmonious and enjoyable now, though the refined tannins suggest that this will benefit from another year or two in bottle. Best from 2019 through 2032. 2,400 cases made. –BS
BAROLO VILLERO 2013
Note:Plenty of earth and tar flavors mark this beefy red, whose cherry,
leather and tobacco notes are waiting in the wings. Finds equilibrium
in the end, but will require more patience than other 2013s.
Best from 2022 through 2040.—B.S.
BAROLO BUSSIA VIGNA MONDOCA RISERVA 2011
Note:Settling into a nice rhythm, this red offers fading cherry, berry,
floral and spice flavors, with flashes of leather, earth and tobacco.
Complex and balanced, with a lively, well-integrated structure and
a long, resonant finish. Best from 2020 through 2033.—B.S.
BAROLO VIGNA RIONDA RISERVA 2007
Note:After 10 years, this is ready to enjoy. However, despite the sweet cherry fruit, leather, woodsy and mineral flavors, there are still dense tannins. This is moving in the right direction, mellowing gracefully and lingering with a long, fresh, tobacco- and mineral-tinged aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2034. 150 cases made. –BS
BAROLO ROCCHE DI CASTIGLIONE 2013
Note:High-toned aromas of floral, sandalwood, cherry and spice are matched to a supple texture and elegant profile. Lean, firm and lingering, with an aftertaste of fruit, spice and mineral. Best from 2021 through 2036. 400 cases made. –BS
PIEDMONT OVERCOMES AN UNPREDICTABLE 2012 GROWING SEASON TO DELIVER EXCELLENT BAROLOS
Note:This is coming around, revealing cherry, menthol, tar, tobacco, leather and iron flavors. Complex, with terrific midpalate presence and dense tannins on the finish. The mineral finish is detailed and extensive. Best from 2019 through 2035. 250 cases made.