Visits in Piedmont Part 2

Additional Producer Profiles for Wines Tasted this Past May

Luigi Baudana

Luigi Baudana was purchased by the Vajra family several years ago and today serves as an excellent contrast to their wines from Barolo vineyards. The family has worked dilligently to improve the quality here and today's line-up shows the results of their efforts. These are more taditional feeling wines than the Vajra wines, very possibly due to the simple fact that they come from vineyards in Serralunga. Whatever the precise set of causes these are wines to watch out for. They are nuanced, complex and powerful wines.

2008 Luigi Baudana Barolo - Serralunga

Lovely nose, perfumed and earthy with aromas of dark fruit, a touch of fig, and subtle hints of iron and spearmint. In the mouth this shows slighty softer acids than I expected given the vintage though they do offer fine cut to the cherry fruit, with a backing notes of something vaguely leafy that adds freshness here. With lovely tannins and a savory/leathery edge, this shows a hint of black fruit on the  clean precise finish that ends with hints of smoke and mint. . This is really rather focused and pure expression of the vintage.  90pts

2008 Luigi Baudana Barolo Baudana - Serralunga

Very similar to the Serralunga bottling with a richly savory nose that shows  a bit of a balsamic top note along with slightly stewy strawberry fruit framed with hints of pink peppercorn, carob and cola. Soft on entry though with acids that are more present than in the Serralunga bottling. This is showing some dark fruit, a touch of date perhaps, though with an attractive freshness as the flavors unfold on the muscular but fruit driven palate. This is flecked with mineral and faint dried fennel notes, in a style that is a little chewy and a little leathery but very nicely done, with lovely rasp/strawberry fruit on the moderately long finish. 91pts

2008 Luigi Baudana Barolo Cerretta - Serralunga

Perfumed and precise on the nose with lovely wild cherry fruit and mineral notes early on the nose followed by tobacco, smoke, rosehips, and a dusty sheen. On entry one is greeted by  firm small black cherry fruit that shows nice tension and a lovely tannin structure that is lacy and yet firm. Offering good midpalate complexity with earthy, herbal and camphor notes, this retains a lovely brightness right through the excellent length finish which reveals the elegant side of this wine.  93pts

2006 Luigi Baudana Barolo Baudana - Serralunga

Opened 24 hours

Nice dried plum in alcohol, tobacco, and rose stem aromas greet the nose followed by hints of mint, wood spice and prosciutto.  Rather relaxed in the mouth, in fact surprisingly so, this is a touch chunky, wide open and soft with late arriving drier tannins that make this a little chewy. The fruit is fading here though this does have some attractive complexity with hints of mint late on the palate, though this does remain a bit lean with some fuzzy peach skin tannins on the modest finish. 88pts

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  • Probably you tasted Barbera 2010 Conterno Cascina Francia, because isn't possible Barolo 2010 is not in commerce until at list 2015

    Aug 18, 2013 at 2:57 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    No, it was the 2010 Barolo from botte, not from bottle.

    Aug 18, 2013 at 4:12 PM

  • Snooth User: Raphael Au
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    As always, I enjoy reading your articles on Barolo. While in Piemonte in May, I bought 6 bottles of Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste 2009. Amazing wine at a very reasonable 44 euros each ($130 in the US before taxes?!?!?)


    Nov 02, 2013 at 12:05 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Thank you for your kind words. Oh boy that is a terrific buy. Just last night I enjoyed a lie-up of G Rinaldi that spanned 1956-2001. You'll have to be patient but you're in for a treat when the wine finally matures.

    Nov 02, 2013 at 1:33 PM

  • Snooth User: Raphael Au
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    I hope you are going to write about the Rinaldi experience (i'm so friggin jealous!!). What was the colour like, particularly on the earlier years?

    Nov 02, 2013 at 11:10 PM

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