Tasting 2001 Barolo

What happens when you challenge the wine gods?

And now to the wines themselves. This was certainly a bit of a mixed bag and the wines were angry at being opened, accounting for their relatively low scores. One point worth noting is that I assign a point score to the wines based on how they taste today. I’m not some magician who can divine where a wine is going and that’s not what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to let you know what the wines are like today and offer some guidance, where applicable as to where I expect a wine to be in the future. Where and when that future is I am not entirely sure? In general think it’s a bullshit approach assigning scores to wines that are vague forecasts of what that wine might become.

What concerns me is where it is at today.

And where these wines were at was all over the place. In order to put things in context here is a list of the most popular wines as voted on by my group of 9 well versed and decidedly traditional leaning palates.

One note about the treatment of these wines. based on my expereince I double decanted the wines between 10am and 11:30am the day of the tasting for service beginning at 4:30pm.

Wines of the night

1) Voerzio Brunate

2) Sandrone Cannubi Boschis

3) Vietti Brunate

4) Oddero Mondoca di Bussia

5) Cavallotto Riserva San Giuseppe
5) Marcarini Brunate

6) E Pira Cannubi
6) Clerico Ciabot Mentin Ginestra

7) Marengo Brunate

My results were quite similar with most of the wines appearing in my top ten list as well.

Listing the top 10 wines in order or preference

1 - Sandrone Cannubi Boschis - Barolo
2 - Vietti Brunate - La Morra
3 - Voerzio Brunate - La Morra
4 - Ascheri Coste & Bricco - Serralunga
5 - Cavallotto Riserva San Giuseppe - Castiglione Falletto
6 - Oddero Mondoca di Bussia - Monforte
7 - Burlotto Cannubi - Barolo
8 - Cappellano Rupestris - Serralunga
9 - Clerico Ciabot Mentin Ginestra - Monforte
10 - Marcarini Brunate - La Morra

The rest of the wines in order.

Wines in bold showed the most promise. Wines in italics are presumably defective.

11- Massolino Rionda - Serralunga
12 - Aldo Conterno Cicala Monforte
13 - Alessandria Gramolere - Monforte
14 - E Pira Cannubi - Barolo
15- Marengo Brunate - La Morra
16 Cascina Ballarin Tre Ciabot - La Morrra & Monforte
17 - Giacomo Conterno Cascina Francia - Serralunga
18 - Altare Brunate - La Morra
19 - Brezza Cannubi - Barolo
20 - Scavino Bric del Fiasc - Castiglione Falletto
21 - Grasso Casa Mate - Monforte
22- Brovia Garblet Sue - Castiglione
23- Chiarlo Cannubi - Barolo
24 - Schiavenza Broglio - Serralunga
25 - Mascarello Monprivato - Castiglione

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Top 2001 Barolo tasted 10/13

Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo Barolo Cannubi Boschis (2001)
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Vietti Nebbiolo Barolo Brunate (2001)
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Roberto Voerzio Brunate Barolo (2001)
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Ascheri Barolo Sorano Coste & Bricco (2001)
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Cavalotto Barolo Riserva San Giuseppe (2001)
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Fratelli Oddero Barolo Mondoca di Bussia Soprana (2001)
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Gb Burlotto Burlotto Gb-Barolo Cannubi (2001)
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Cappellano Barolo 'Pie Repestris' (2001)
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Clerico Domenico Ciabot Mentin Ginestra (2001)
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Marcarini Nebbiolo Barolo Brunate (2001)
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  • A few thoughts:
    That seems like an overwhelming number of wines to taste - did you worry about palate fatigue skewing the results?
    I realize you were dealing with 13 year old wines, so is it possible that some of your classic monsters just gave up the ghost after 4+ hours of decanting/aeration?

    And a question (I am just learning about good Italian wines; my focus heretofore has been Bordeaux and Cal): Is Gattinara considered Barolo since it is nebbiolo, or is it a subset or…?

    Oct 17, 2013 at 1:22 PM

  • Snooth User: marc d
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    Very disappointed to read this, particularly regarding the 01 Elio Grasso. I drank that wine shortly after release and it was a beautiful bottle. Kind of straddling the modern traditional spectrum (although not nearly as oaky as his Runcot bottle). Lots of fruit but it had great balance. I have several of this and the Ginestre cellared, I hope they turn out better then the bottle you guys tasted. The 01 Brovias I've tried have also been highly enjoyable. What a weird night you had!

    Oct 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
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    Gattinara is one of the other DOCGs that rely on Nebbiolo. There are a number of them, separate from Barolo and Barbaresco. A particular favorite DOCG of mine is Ghemme, which blends a little of other varietals into the nebbiolo and makes wines that drink really well at less than a decade. They also can be a little less expensive, but are harder to find in the US.

    I had dinner with a guy the other night who said the 1964 Baroli were drinking really well right now. So maybe that's the window to aim for... if you had the foresight to buy Nebbiolo when you were a child and the patience to wait for middle age!

    Oct 17, 2013 at 4:29 PM

  • Snooth User: Sam Se
    1383708 12

    Always top ... I love your super amazing blog :)


    Oct 18, 2013 at 2:17 AM

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