If you’re interested in 2007 Barolo, you should check out my report, Don't Belive the Hype, which was published earlier this year after I spent two weeks in the region. I found many of the wines to be less than the stellar creations that many critics might want you to believe. I love Barolo and its producers, but the truth is that 2007 is a spotty vintage which fell victim to unusual weather conditions. My advice is to simply not believe the hype.
I’ll be posting my notes for these wines over the coming days, but I want to begin with the wines of the Communes of Barolo and Castiglione Falletto. These wines are emblematic of region, and coming as they do from the heart of the Barolo production zone, can give a good overarching impression of the vintage character as a whole.
As you can see from my notes, many of the wines fall into two distinct groups, those with tannins that are hard, bitter and rigid even by the standards of Barolo, and those that are soft, alcoholic and over-ripe. These are the two pitfalls of the vintage, and while there are some absolutely lovely wines coming from 2007, producers really had to get everything right in order to make well integrated, balanced wines.
These notes come from a large tasting I attend each year called Nebbiolo Prima. The following list of wines was tasted over a four hour span one morning, so please take them with a grain of salt. My impressions are brief and my scoring simplified to a 10-point scale. Included in the tasting were several multi-commune blends, as well as wines from some lesser known appellations.
Top wines with a score of 9/10
2007 Alesssandria Fratelli Monvigliero Verduno - nice herbal, aromatic wood nose, dark fruit, dried strawberry, a little high toned and savory, nice edge of fruit on the front edge with good ripe tannins and integrated acids following, nice fruit on the palate, savory, rosehips, slightly astringent tannins, good savory fruit follow through, nice cleansing acids, 9
2007 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo-La Morra - earthy, herbal, a little pork fat, lightly aromatic, some floral notes, nice raspberry fruit, nice fruit up front then lean and fresh with soft tannin and integrated acids, dry savory core to the mid-palate, nice fruit on the backend with a nice strawberry seed finish, fresh and elegant, 9