February 24, 2012

North Shore Wine Tasting Group, Dreaming of Barolo, Winthrop, MA

2003 Gabutti Serralunga Barolo Boasso – Nebbiolo grape
Aromas of blackberry and flowers follow through to a full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a medium aftertaste of plum and cedar. Has good balance for the vintage. Wine Spectator. The harvest takes place in mid October, the grapes are picked by hand and placed into perforade boxed for trasport to the wine cellar. The overall yield is about 60 quintals for hectare. The fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at regulated temperature 28 °C with frequent pumping over every day for period of 12-15 days. The new wine is then trasferred into 25 hettolitre new oak casks where it remains for 3 years. There are no filtration processes undertaken ad wine is fined in bottles. A powerfully masculine wine, with musky, autumnal tones reminiscent of rain-drenched woods-a deep, dark, throaty wine with cedar and liquorice emerging from the velvety feel. Pleasant fruit, firm tannins. Fresh finish. Winery

2005 La Cacciatora Barolo – Nebbiolo grape
Garnet red, with orange highlights that become more noticeable with the passing of the years; delicate, ethereal nose, with intense, rounded, lingering aromas; warm and full-bodied, with a complex, dry, well-balanced taste; sweet, complex tannins making for a fairly demanding wine. courtsquarewine.com

2007 Villadoria Barolo Serralunga D’Alba – Nebbiolo grape
Fresh and plump, with juicy flavors of cherry, raspberry, licorice, menthol and oak spice. The oak doesn’t intrude, and this ends with an aftertaste of black cherry, tar and mineral notes. Rated 92 Wine Spectator

2007 Villa Rosa Barolo – Nebbiolo grape
Floral notes abound in this bouquet, particularly violet, rose, and dogwood. Hints of leather and spice are present as well. This is a dry, full-bodied wine that is quite tannic, yet well-balanced. It is velvety on the palate with a long, persistent finish. 91 Pts GETWINES.COM

2007 Cantine Povero Barolo – Nebbiolo grape
The Barolo is ruby red tinged wiyh garnet. The aroma is intense and evolves from violets and dried roses to tar, fading into an unmistakable etheric buoquet. The flavour is crisp, warm and full. carloswines.com
Richer and more intense than the 06, the current Cantine Povero has greater length and better balance too. If you’re a fan of Barolo you can’t afford to miss out on this excellent offering. wineaccess.com

2007 Monte Degli Angeli Barolo – Nebbiolo grape
Boasting a red color with orange reflections. This wine has a generous nose of red fruits, licorice, plums and black cherries the wine has excellent grip, and silky tannins. In a world of modern, high alcohol Barolo, this is a nice medium and balanced wine at only 13.5%, rich but not overpowering. Great for grilled veal dishes, pork tenderloin, risotto or cheeses. Winery