Festa del Barolo

An evening with 15 top Barolo producers


This past weekend I was fortunate to be able to attend Antonio Galloni’s Festa del Barolo. Antonio, in case you did not know, is the rising star of the wine world whose passion and commitment has breathed new life into a faltering Wine Advocate.

Antonio and his lovely wife Marzia organized a brilliant two-session event last Saturday and kudos must be given to both of them for pulling off a complex and intricate day flawlessly. Consider this: wrangling 15 Italian winemakers over a two-seating tasting and more than 100 attendees in the audience, followed by a seated BYOB dinner featuring a winemaker at each table. I was very lucky to be seated next to Giuseppe Rinaldi, whose wines performed spectacularly this evening.

Many have said that this was a once-in-a-lifetime event -- and up to this point in time, that may have been true. But I expect we might see a repeat in the coming years. If we do, I strongly suggest you join us if you can.
15 Top Barolos
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The Masters of Barolo

An exciting panel discussed the state of Barolo and answered consumer's questions at the Wine Advocate's La Festa del Barolo. From left to right: Mauro Mascarello (Giuseppe Mascarello), Alex Sanchez (Brovia), Giuseppe Rinaldi (Giuseppe Rinaldi), Roberto Conterno (Giacomo Conterno), Antonio Galloni (Host of the event).

It was an exciting and frenetic evening!
The debris of an evening

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I’ve just a brief rundown of the day’s event to report, tasting notes for the tasting, which focused on the 2007 vintage with some standout 2006s included for those producers who typically bottle very late. The standouts were predictable: 2007 Vietti Rocche, 2006 Brovia Rocche (wine of the tasting for me), the 2006 Giuseppe Rinaldi Brunate-Le Coste, and the 2006 Cascina Francia. Rounding out the second tier of wines were the 2007 Elio Grasso Casa Mate, the 2007 Clerico Ciabot Mentin, and the 2007 Roberto Voerzio Cerequio.

Dinner was a bit different. More hectic as it was, with bottles flying fast and furious and I barely had time to jot some of the names down, much less record a note. I did make note of my wines of the night, which included:

1989 Giuseppe Rinaldi Brunate from magnum
1989 Mascarello Monprivato from magnum
1982 Bartolo Mascarello from magnum
1964 Bartolo Mascarello from bottiglione
1990 Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano Riserva from magnum

Other wines that passed my way (as best as I can remember) included:

1999 Giuseppe Rinaldi Brunate-Le Coste in magnum
1993 Giuseppe Rinaldi Brunate-Le Coste in magnum (which was on fire)
1998 Giuseppe Rinaldi Brunate-Le Coste in magnum (also pretty special)
1978 Giuseppe Rinaldi Brunate in double mag (gorgeous)
1985 Giuseppe Rinaldi
1990 Scavino Bric del Fiasc in magnum
1961 Conterno Monfortino
1971 Conterno Monfortino
1978 Conterno Monfortino
1982 Conterno Monfortino
2002 Conterno Monfortino in magnum
1974 Vietti Castiglione in magnum
1978 Vietti Castiglione in double mag (a lovely wine)
1971 Giacosa Colina Rionda
1990 Giacosa Villero
1982 Giacosa Collina Rionda
1989 Giacosa Collina Rionda
1982 Mascarello Monprivato
1990 Mascarello Monprivato in magnum

There were many other great bottles opened and shared at this event. I want to thank everyone who made this special evening possible. It was a treat to be in your company! Can we start planning the next one?

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  • Snooth User: rrin431633
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    Giuseppe Rinaldi is a winemaking genius.

    Apr 01, 2011 at 5:52 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    You'll get no argument from me!

    Apr 01, 2011 at 8:16 PM

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