External Reviews for Valfieri Barolo
Baking spice, cinnamon, cloves, roasted coffee, rose water, plums and sour cherries dance in this modern and unusually ripe Barolo.
Harmonious and sophisticated, from a spectacular vintage, the Valfieri Barolo shows a lovely, perfumed nose and light cherry and raspberry notes underneath the muscular structure of tannin. This wine will certainly reward your patience a few years down the road, and will drink beautifully throughout the next decade.
In a recent Wine Mind class, one participant described this wine perfectly when he summed up the aromatics as andldquo;hunterandrsquo;s cabin.andrdquo; There are a ton of woodsy, forest floor, mushroomy notes, along with a smoky nuance (think the lingering ashy smell of a fireplace), and a bloody gaminess, as if last nightandrsquo;s prize had been recently slaughtered. Thereandrsquo;s fruit, of course, and this is also of the forest-berry persuasion. And while this shows classic Barbaresco structure, the tannins never interfere with the depth of flavor or length of finish. Could be the ultimate andldquo;autumnalandrdquo; wine? Perhaps, if youandrsquo;re given to such nebulous descriptions. More tangibly, however, itandrsquo;s a single-vineyard Barbaresco for the same price as your average Nebbiolo Langhe or dandrsquo;Alba. The Bric Mentina is a tremendous value and utterly unique.
In a recent Wine Mind class one participant described this wine perfectly when he summed up the aromatics as “hunter’s cabin.” There are a ton of woodsy forest floor mushroomy notes along with a smoky nuance (think the lingering ashy smell of a fireplace) and a bloody gaminess as if last night’s prize had been recently slaughtered. There’s fruit of course and this is also of the forest-berry persuasion. And while this shows classic Barbaresco structure the tannins never interfere with the depth of flavor or length of finish. Could be the ultimate “autumnal” wine? Perhaps if you’re given to such nebulous descriptions. More tangibly however it’s a single-vineyard Barbaresco for the same price as your average Nebbiolo Langhe or d’Alba. The Bric Mentina is a tremendous value and utterly unique.
The 2004 vintage was spectacular in Piedmont, resulting in well-balanced, quality reds on every price level. The Valfieiri Bric Mentina is a terrific introduction to Nebbiolo at an affordable price andmdash; richly textured, with dense layers of earth and spice, overlaid with sour cherry and currant fruit. Although approachable in its youth, this is a wine with great aging potential, and will continue to evolve for at least a decade. Great buy.
A spectacular vintage in Piedmont; many of the 2004 Barbarescos that are currently being released are capable of aging 20 years or more! But for those of us who just canandrsquo;t wait, the Valfieri is ready to drink now (though it, too will drink well for years to come if you should decide to hang on to it), with a complex bouquet and palate full of earth, roses, cherry and spice notes. An ideal pairing would be with a mushroom risotto, but also try with roast pork, portabella burgers, or beef and grilled vegetable dishes.
Full-bodied, with a dense nose of deeply-layered berry and a touch of woodsmoke and spice. The color is beautiful, a deep red with hints of dark orange, and the structure is austere and elegant; a perfect balance of fruit and heavy tannins adds depth to the finish. Crafted from Nebbiolo grapes from 30-35 year old vines, this Barbaresco will pair perfectly with cheeses and roasted meats.