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Barolo 2008 Tasting in Piedmont

2008 Barolo

I’ve been a big fan of this vintage since I first tasted in April in London.  True that it is less consistent than 2007 and 2006 but it boasts a charming purity, balance and freshness.  The wines are medium weight and should drink earlier than the 2006 and 2004s.

We kept the range to 20 wines and I have rated them in * to ***** stars.   The 2 stars were the two Mascarellos, Giuseppe and Bartolo.

1 Brunate Marcarini

Lightish colour clean spice and fresh flowers closed a bit leafy. Fresh tight lively light to mid weight. Tangy bitter finish good

***+

2 Brunate Marengo

Sweet mocha oak cinammon. Pure mid fruit good freshness much better on palate. Nice elegance

***

3 Cerequio Voerzio

Minty sweet dark fruit. Chewy tannins good depth of fruit and long warm finish. Too much.

***

4 Arborina Altare

Sweet charming cherry liqueur firm tannins v well made.  A bit ott tannins on finish driish.

***

5 Bartlo Mascarello

Bright minty candy fruit. Pure. More closed. Lovely balance intensity and class  finesse.

*****

6 Cannubi San Lorenzo G Rinaldi

Full top class neb nose. Roses stone fruit. Spice. High toned fruit  exhuberant.  Great balance. Needs a long time.

****

7 Sarmassa Brezza

Touch Vegetal green. Very Tannic some fruit.. A brute. Decent finish. Angular.

**

8 Bric del Fiasc Scavino

Spicy dark fruit crushed flowers

Rustic tannins ok fruit warm finish not bad mot much grace or exitement.  Forgetable.

**

9 Rocche Vietti

Woodsy asian spice. Meaty. Good crunchy fruit and edgy tannins. Big fruit powerfull. Lacks emotions and subtlety.

***

10 Monprivato G Mascarello

Lighter colour.  Minty floral. Stylish Elegant fine powerful.  Tea leaves.   Fills the back of the palate great development of flavours and length. Excellent.

*****

11 Bricco Boshis Cavalotto

Crunchy caramel brittle.  Very extracted dry tannins. Rotary fermenters have been introduced and these are overdone.  Not good.

*

12 Sori Ginestra Conterno Fantino

Intense minty ok. Spicy oak. Ok more elegance than normal. Soft smooth decent wine.  decent but not great Barolo for me.

***

13 Casa Mate Elio Grasso

Sweet forward cherry. Licorice. Heady, nice balance, tidy, very polished personality

***

14 Cicala A Conterno

Intensely sweet concentrated jam. Too much and OTT on all levels. No elegance high alcohol and ultra ripe fruit

*

15 Ciabot Mentin Ginestra Clerico

Muted faint start. Sweet figs. Oak.  Smoky toasty. Dry tannins lacking purity of flavour OTT.

**

16 Lazairasco Porro

Elegant floral nice pure fruit. Elegant fresh. Mid weight body good balance.  Very pleasant lighter Serralunga

***+

17 Prapo Schiavenza

Dusty spicy sous bois ripe fruit.  Zesty good fruit. Lovely flavour and elegance a touch edgy finish.

***

18 Margheria Massolino

Star anise nose. Disturbing. Lovely uncomplicated. Balanced.

**

19 Ca mia Brovia

Sweet maraschino licorice.bright fresh fruit good development long.

Excellent

****+

20 Cascina Francia G Conterno

Huge broad brute cured meaty minerals ok linear lacking devlopment clumsy. Strange. Lacking focus.  Shortish finish. Bottle?

++?

 

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