Barolo Vintage 2009

A Most Irregular Vintage



First Growth

 

Giacomo Conterno – A traditionalist producing classic wines.

 

Giuseppe Mascarello – A traditionalist producing classic wines.  

 

Brovia – A traditionalist producing classic wines.  

 

Cappellano- A traditionalist producing classic, old school Barolo

 

Elvio Cogno – A traditionalist producing classic elegant wines.

 

Produttori del Barbaresco - – A traditionalist producing classic wines.

 

Domenico Clerico – A modernist producing powerful wines closely tied to their terroir.

 

Giuseppe Rinaldi – A traditionalist producing classic wines.

 

Bartolo Mascarello - A traditionalist producing classic wines.

 

Second growths

 

Luigi Baudana (produced by Vajra) – Traditional wines that blend in some modernist softness and purity yet retain the rusticity and power of their terroir

 

Francesco Rinaldi – A traditionalist producing classic if sometimes delicate wines.

 

E. Pira -  A straddler moving from more modern to more traditional producing elegant, refined, aromatic wines.

 

Gianni Canonica – A traditionalist producing exceptionally pure and transparent wines.

 

Elio Grasso – Another stylistic straddler producing surprisingly elegant and bright wines.

 

Cascina delle Rose - – A traditionalist producing classic wines.

 

Fratelli Oddero - A traditionalist producing classic, old school Barolo

 

Vietti – A winery that now straddles the line between modern and traditional, with wines that are elegant and perfumed.

 

Third growths

 

Barale – A traditionalist producing classic, old school Barolo

 

Guido Porro – A traditionalist who coaxes tons of fruit from his vines that conceal big structure and rarely obscures terroir. 

 

Rivella Serafino – A traditionalist producing classic old-school Barbaresco.

 

Cavallotto – A mostly traditional producer whose wines have been irregular but are true to their terroir

 

Massolino – Moving back to the traditionalist camp, these are fine, somewhat fruity and supple examples from Serralunga with a new Barolo from Castiglione that is a powerhouse in 2009.

 

Aldo Conterno – A straddler producing remarkably fruity wines that have significant terroir fingerprints and some classic Barolo character.

 

G. D. Vajra – Mostly a traditionalist whose wines are pretty and easy but lack some depth

 

Luciano Sandrone – More modern that not, these are well made wines that lack some complexity for me

 

Fourth growths

 

Luigi Pira – A bit of a modernist with the rotofermenters wines that can make the wines seem over extracted and clumsy at times.

 

Josetta Saffirio – Modern approachable wines that are curiously fruity and on that level a success.

 

Cantina del Pino – A straddler producing elegant, delicate wines.

 

Tenuta Montanello – A straddler producing elegant wines where the oak seems a bit obvious.

 

Fifth growths

 

Cordero de Montezemolo Monfalletto - A winery that produces fairly soft, modern wines using fairly traditional techniques. Their Enrico VI Barolo is a step above the rest of the wines produced here.

 

Marchese di Gresy – Another straddler where the use of oak can be inelegant

 

Scavino – A modernist producing soft, supple wines that lack some typicity

 

Elio Altare – A modernist producing light, perfumed wines that are very fruit forward.

 

Roberto Voerzio – A modernist producing powerful fruit driven wines.

Visits in Barolo Part 1

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  • I would be interested to know what you think about Enrico Serafino, Gregory, as Its the one I have several cases of. I assume they make it the the US. I am in Shanghai, China.

    I understand fully if you have no research on it. I am not anywhere near an aficionado of Barolo, but their Barolo from 2004 and Barbaresco from 2005 and 2007 blew me away, so I went back to restock...I also have their Barbera D'Asti 2009 and Dolcetto D'alba 2010 for good measure.

    I tried their Nebbiolo D'alba 2009 and felt it lacked focus (perhaps what you were talking about?).

    Jun 24, 2013 at 2:29 PM


  • Snooth User: Eric Guido
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    Nice write up, thanks. Is there a link to the notes on the specific wines?

    Jun 24, 2013 at 3:36 PM


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