2008 Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra $90

Perfumed with candied black fruits backed up with plenty of toasty oak. This is simple but assertive with lots of black cherry fruit and lovely herbal accents. Smooth on the palate, and nicely balanced with plenty of tart red berry fruit over well integrated oak spice. The tannins are relatively soft here, allowing this to deliver a nice sweet red cherry flavor on the palate, though the finish is cut short as the tannins reappear. Nicely done all around, sort of  archetype middle of the road style Barolo. 91pts

2008 G. D. Vajra Barolo Bricco Delle Viole $70

Very pretty and perfumed on the nose  with super wild cherry fruit and wild raspberry in alcohol aromas over  nice low mineral, wild flower and wild herb notes. Just a hint of oak, gentle but it's there. Soft on entry, clean and fresh with lots of wild strawberry and lightly herbal fruit that has an attractive sweet/tart component to it. Tannins are quite soft, and the finish a bit on the short side. Elegant and refined with a very fresh and attractive flavor profile. 90pts

2008 Elio Grasso Barolo Casa Mate $85

Buttery at first then a little herbal on the nose with a touch of oak under bright herb and licorice inflected wild berry fruit. Focused if  a bit small in the mouth, this is on the tighter side for the vintage with burnished cherry and wild strawberry fruit that’s a bit chewy and a bit on the spicy side. There's nice transparency here with soil tones and sweet wood on the backend, though the finish is tight and short showing hints of carob and nutella on the finale. This needs time. 90pts   

2008 Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato $105

A Slightly oaky nose showing aromas of vanilla and toasted coffee bean over  tight, earthy hints of used leather and soil driven spices. Shallow, with a meaty edge and taut in the mouth, this shows a nice prune and cherry in alcohol palate with plenty of leather and nice fine grained rather classic tannins that make this a little tough and austere on the finish, Smells attractive if a bit rustic, with nice cut, a bit small scaled but complete. 90pts

2008 Vietti Barolo Rocche $130

Nutty, cocoa, and sweet toasted spice oak on the nose tops the core of nice dark spiced cherries with a dusty, spicy character. High toned and bright on entry, unusually structured, lots of weight low on the palate with prominent acidity, fine grained but abundant tannins, and a little peppery spice on the backend. The finish is all structure, tannins, acids, the fruit is elusive here, and the wine just seems to lack complexity and oomph at this point but this does shows nice tannins with some sweet, darker cherry fruit popping on the finish. 89pts


2008 Borgogno Barolo Cannubi $ Not Yet Released

Tight and compressed sweet/sour cherry shows over a base note of old wood spice on the nose. Aromatically this is a bit tarry and heavy.  The bit darkly fruited entry is a bit matte, showing some plummy fruit and sweet candy accents, with nice austere tannins, spicy and a bit spicy on the palate, though dry and tough through the long finish. A little chunky and compact if long and filled with fruit. 88pts




2008 Roberto Voerzio Barolo Cerequio $200

Sweet nutty and chocolate oak on the nose over  floral hints with lots of fish sauce savoriness Fairly rich with a certain density this has a nice firm base but lacks some liveliness on the palate. The fruit is attractive with sour cherry notes and a little sweet hazelnut edge, dry and short on the  finish, though the tannins are sweet, they are abundant. Attractive but the oak obscures too much at this point. 87pts

A Bonus bottle from the 2007 Vintage

2007 Cavallotto Barolo Riserva Vigna San Giuseppe

Lots of leather and camphor on the nose along with jammy dark fruit, this is a bit hot and a bit indistinct on the nose. Smells like essence of spicy leather and pollen. Light on entry, this turns a bit jammy and almost soft, though there are good supporting acids. The tannins are a touch rough here adding a rugged feel to the palate, which is powerful with late arriving cherry fruit followed by a short, tannic finish that shows licorice and earth inflected cherry in alcohol fruit with a touch of meatiness. This is packed with tannin. 90pts