Guido Porro
 
Guido Porro continues to fly a bit under the radar with his fairly rich and fruity style of traditional Barolo that sometimes is a bit too ripe for my palate but the wines are great values when they are on. In the coming years we’ll see a growing portfolio of Barolo from this address with new vineyards in the Gianetto and the famed Colina Rionda crus coming on line in the near future. 
 
 
Dark almost opaque in the glass. On the nose with is rather tight with subtle hints of rosehips, notes of dried beef dark, macerated flowers. Elegant in the mouth, with finely focused power yet lovely transparency. This is rather elegant and refined with hints of herb, black cherry, mineral, dried leather and spice slowly emerge on the palate. Long and very detailed in the mouth, this resembles Burgundy a bit with tannins are very ripe yet firm on the long finish. 93pts
 
 
Rosehips, rooibos tea, and smoky tobacco come together on the  earthy, tarry nose. Showing jammy black currant on entry, this is tight and powerful on the palate with more jammy black currant and lingonberry fruit, and a spiciness that hints at black pepper. Tight, short and a bit blocky in the mouth with huge tannins, mineral and medicinal tannins, this is a big, powerful wine that lacks the extra gear of the Santa Caterina this year. 91pts