Burlotto - Verduno

I've been a big fan of Burlotto's wines for some time now, and while this line-up is excellent they don't rinf my bell in the same way as some prevous vintages. This is entirely due to the vintage though, as Burlotto's wines are remarkably free of winemaking, with the exception of the Monvigiero of course. These are enlightened traditionalist wines in the best sense, and even in a vintage wth challenges like 2009 you really should give them a try. They remain great values.

2009 Burlotto Barolo Classico

Tight and lightly herbal on the spicy, rather focused nose that gives up a little white soil and green herb note over fine tight red fruit aromas. This is immediately transparent and crisp, in the mouth with lovely tannins, integrated acidity supporting fresh red fruits in a rather vibrant and clear style for the vintage. It is is still on the fruity side but with firm acids and a touch of heat on the finish. A very nice expression of the vintage. 89pts

2009 Burlotto Barolo Acclivi - Verduno

Three week maceration on the skins

Lightly green on the nose in a very fresh way, with hints of lightly toasty leather, dried orange rind and fresh camphor laced wild rainier cherry fruit. The fruit is quite full here but it is super fresh with the sweetness of the vintage and yet it retains a fabulous clarity. Elegant and refined, this is a gorgeous 09 with exceptional inner mouth perfumes, fine ripe yet firm tannins, and a long finish rich with a hint of orange rind accenting long delicate strawberry fruit, with just a bit of heat on the finish. 92pts

2009 Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero - Verduno

60 day maceration on the skins

This has a hugely aromatic nose that explodes with savory, tapenade, thyme, light geranium notes, followed by a spicy truffle precursor and rich, dark fruit. This is fairly ripe, packed with soft abundant tannins and integrated acidity, this will be ready quite early. The fruit here freshens up on the backend showing a little ripe strawberry, strawberry seeds, building with great intensity and clarity on the backend and showing great brilliance on the finish. 93pts

2009 Burlotto Barolo Cannubi - Barolo

This is all limestone, tobacco, and incense on the nose  with late arriving dried herb stems, and rose petals. Relatively open on entry  then this tightens up considerably though it does reveal nice kernel of fruit, elegant, smoky, taut fruit with hints of watermelon freshness supported by  super tannins, love the cut of these tannins. The finish shows great persistence and clarity to the fruit, but the tannins continue to be impressive, so ripe, well integrated, and yet firm. 93pts