Tasting 2001 Barolo

What happens when you challenge the wine gods?

So let’s start shaking. In order to give you a better idea of what went down I’m including the order within the flights that the wines were served, along with their scores here, which are followed by the tasting notes. All tasted blind of course.

How I ranked the wines within the flights and the order the wines were served within the flights

Flight 1 Monforte

Conterno Cicala        3rd place with 87pts
Grasso Casa Mate        5th place with 82pts
Alessandria Gramolere        4th place with 86pts
Clerico Ciabot Mentin Ginestra        2nd place with 88pts
Oddero Mondoca di Bussia        1st place with 90pts

Flight 2 Castiglione Falletto plus

Cascina Ballarin Tre Ciabot      2nd place with 85pts
Cavallotto Riserva San Giuseppe      1st place with 90pts
Mascarello Monprivato      5th place with 60pts
Brovia Garblet Sue      4th place with 74pts
Scavino Bric del Fiasc      3rd place with 83pts

Flight 3 Serralunga

Ascheri Coste & Bricco               1st place with 90pts
Cappellano Rupestris               2nd place with 88pts
Conterno Cascina Francia               4th place with 84pts
Massolino Vigna Rionda               3rd place with 87pts
Schiavenza Broglio               5th place with 70pts

Flight 4 Cannubi

Burlotto            2nd place with 90pts
Chiarlo            5th place with 70pts
Sandrone Cannubi Boschis            1st place with 92pts
Brezza            4th place with 83pts
E Pira            3rd place with 86pts

Flight 5 Brunate

Voerzio                                       2nd place 90pts
Altare                                       5th place 84pts
Vietti                                       1st place 92pts
Marcarini                                       3rd place 88pts
Marengo                                       4th place 86pts

prev 1 ...  3 4 5 6 7  ...  10 next

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
    164684 1

    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
    Hand of Snooth
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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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