Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

15 Top 2010 Barolo

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia (2010)
Comments: Powerful on the nose which shows a little prune, classic cherries in alcohol with a sweetness to the fruit and gorgeous framing notes of sandalwood, damp tobacco, sweet rose petals and fine mineral background notes. Powerful and packed with ripe tannins, this exhibits incredible cut on the palate, packed with laser edged tannins, so elegant and fine with remarkable purity to the red fruit on the palate which has a slightly wild and exotic edge to it. This is so elegant and yet so powerful, and long. The purity and persistence here is jaw dropping, but today this is a bit hard and so focused that you could miss all the detail. Another 1989 in the making? 96pts
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2 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo (2010)
Comments: 54 days on the skin Pale and delicate in color, surprisingly so. This is superbly focused on the nose with high toned floral peony and iris notes, gorgeous fruit, precise red currant and small lingonberry aromas framed with something delicately sweet, and bay leaf like. Superbly focused in the mouth, this has fabulous purity and is precise and elegant with this delicate layering of flavors. Fresh red fruit, peach skin, so bright and pure with penetrating aromas on the long finish. The tannins here are so precise, fresh, and ripe, there's great power here but you can taste right through this to the base of soil tones Deceptively small in the mouth, this is packed with such flavor that it is a bit of a shock. Long on the finish with some hint of red plums, this is fabulous. 95pts
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3 Vietti Barolo Villero Riserva (2010)
Comments: Vegetal and very floral on the super high toned that’s a little candied but filled with fine raspberry and dark strawberry fruit that shows just a hint of oak. Big fruit greets the palate showing nice cut and the great tension of Rocche tannins. The midpalate turns a little creamy before the acids kick in showing tremendous brightness to the fruit With excellent drive and energy on the palate and decent length this does show a touch of hollowness on the midpalate today before powering through on the finish with terrific acid cut and perfumes of licorice, rose petals and strawberry seeds. A bit unformed today, this should prove to be particularly long lived and will most likely be the benchmark for Vietti’s Rocche for decades. 95pts
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4 Brovia Barolo Rocche (2010)
Comments: Seeds, smoke, and huge soil notes come together on the tight, refined nose which gains aromas of tobacco, leather, nettles, herbs, and slow to emerge small berry plum fruits and rocky minerality on the nose. Opening with big spice notes on the palate, this shows such purity and superb balance in the mouth. It’s all about the balance today and the big aromatic follow through because on the palate this is slow to open, showing dark, wild raspberry fruit and macerated herbs in a strict way that is dominated by limestone. This is almost supple in its closedness, but it has absolutely huge power and tannins on the finish, offering classic, cut and vibrancy to die for on the long, aromatic finish. A tough wine but one that is elegant and refined at its core. 95pts
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5 Brovia Garblet Sue (2010)
Comments: First vintage 100% organic Rosehips greet the nose followed by spicy, slightly nutty, and intense aromas of incense, beeswax, sweet face powder, waxy red fruit, and almost cedary base notes dark red fruits and a hint of blood orange. Round, powerful, and seamless in the mouth this has a fine structure built on bright acids and super fine grained tannins. The palate is supported by nice savory base notes, a little beeswax, very ripe strawberry and cherry fruit. This is very tannic but the tannins are very supple, Buckyball tannins that get a little kinky on the finish. This is a fabulous Garblet Sue, just stunningly complete with gorgeous layered savory and fruity flavors, a well knit texture, and a long finish. At maturity I'll prefer the texture of Rocche but the Garblet Sue is just more complete. 95pts
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6 E. Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi (2010)
Comments: Fine almost sweet and slightly jammy boysenberry tinged fruit pops on the nose with wispy smoke and soil notes, a hints of tar and carob adding detail. In the mouth this is seamless, classic Cannubi, with bright acids, fine grained elegant tannins, and inner mouth perfumes of rose petals, wild cherry fruit, and gentle suggest of herbs and burnt orange ring in the mouth. The tannins really build on the finish and are a bit dusty but sweet. There are lovely herb nuances through the chewy, powerful finish along with hints of tart strawberry fruit. 93pts
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7 G.B. Burlotto Barolo Vigneto Monvigliero (2010)
Comments: Cinnamon, strawberry, along with hints of sage and olive come together on the classic Monvigliero nose. Bright and rich, this powers through the palate, with a great mass on entry that dissolves elegantly on the palate. The tannins here are like the big bang, constant acceleration away from each other making the palate larger and yet lighter as the move and powering the olive and wild strawberry flavors on the palate deep into the corners of your mouth. There is huge incipient complexity on the backend, which shows a hint of peachy freshness. A beautiful expression of Monvigliero. 94pts
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8 Fratelli Oddero Barolo Rocche di Castiglione (2010)
Comments: Very pretty on the nose with hints of mineral, tight little rose and iris notes, and gorgeous precision with a subtle liquory quality to the fruit. Round, ripe so complete on the palate, the texture here is seamless. The fruit is subtle and tight with dusty red fruits and nuanced hints of herb and mineral adding a touch of bitterness on the palate which adds some detail. Tight and sapid on the finish, this is reticent today but the texture is smashingly good, nuanced and faceted and just regal. 94pts
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9 Vietti Barolo Lazzarito (2010)
Comments: Very complex on the nose and somewhat dark and muscular with aromas of pipe tobacco, plum, iron, dark turned earth and cut flowers showing excellent freshness and precision. In the mouth this is very rich with lot of fruit and a seamless texture. Rich with both power and delicacy, there’s gorgeous clarity on the palate to the big, dark strawberry fruit and earthy mineral flavors with hints of macerated flowers and licorice adding detail as this drifts off on the long finish which shows great energy and drive. The tannins here are very precise and offer great cut on the palate. As complete an example of Lazzarito as I’ve ever had. 94pts
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10 Brovia Barolo Brea Ca'Mia (2010)
Comments: With the new labelling laws implemented with the 2010 vintage the wine formerly known simply as Ca’Mia will now also include the name of the Brea cru on the label. Dark, earthy and spicy on the reticent and medicinal nose which picks up aromas of dried plums, dark cherry, dandelion greens, leather, asphalt, and rose petals with air. Big and powerful in the mouth, the palate truly mirrors the nose here with flavors of earthy, dark burnished fruit, bit of dried plum, and almost a hint of blue fruit. Very lively on the palate, transparent and alive in the mouth with fine acids, medicinal fruit, and round balls of powerful lending this a seamless feel. This is going to be a stunningly complex and long wine with hints of dried fruit and espresso foam already emerging on the long finish which ends with real lift. On the palate this feels so gothic, all detail and symmetrically while be lacey and tall. 94pts
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11 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Tre Tine (2010)
Comments: Fine slightly jammy wild berry fruit greets the nose followed by a sharp floral note and deep leathery tobacco nuances. Tight, soft and supple on entry, this has a flannelly, feel to it early in the mouth, turning beautifully lacy on the back end. Another example fo the juxtaposition of power and elegance that is the hallmark of the vintage. Elegant and long there’s just gorgeous balance and detail to this subtle and precise wine that finishes with long, chalky tannins, mineral cut and a hint of violet in the finale. 94pts
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12 Barolo Brunate Giuseppe Rinaldi (2010)
Comments: Camphor, sliced plum, and dark cherry fruit greet the nose followed by hints of cocoa, mineral and subtle smoke notes. Really a super fine, fresh and focused Brunate nose. Classic Brunate on the palate as well with layers of dried wild cherry fruit wrapped around the core of fine grained tannins leading to a long finish of burnished fruit and and spiced tobacco notes. There’s a slight hole in the middle today, but that should fill out with a bit of age. 92pts
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13 Massolino Barolo Parafada (2010)
Comments: Very compact, calcareous soil, 70 year old vines, Smoky and briary on the nose which is rich with aromas of black fruit, and jumps around in the glass revealing sweet dried strawberry and rhubarb aromas, hints of incense, pipe tobacco, and stemmy herb notes. Deep, transparent and elegant on the palate this is holding back a lot in reserve with a palate that is mineraly today with finely delineated fruit. Crystal clear on the palate with ripe, powerful tannins, great purity to the fruit, great length, long extracty finish with minerality that emerges on the palate and drives the finish like a laser. This is austere and rigid today but with great potential. 94pts
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14 Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Chiniera (2010)
Comments: Delayed harvest a few days to get maximum ripeness , and it was already a late vintage, later than 2008 Smoky with a hint of cocoa on the nose followed by very mineral and herbal aromas, a tight floral note and lots of lingering camphor. Fine grained tannins lend this an austere, lean quality on entry, then this turns faceted in the mouth with great power and freshness. Elegant with fairly important red fruits and chinato herbs on the palate, this is rich with tannins and quite ripe but this offers compelling complexity with gorgeous freshness and complexity built on bright, juicy acids and wonderful balanced if a touch austere and on the elegant side of things. 94pts
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15 E. Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Barolo Via Nuova (2010)
Comments: Barrel sample - A little less wood on the nose, still perfumy new wood top notes, over aromas of rose petals, raspberry fruit, and a touch of sandalwood. This is rather round and open in the mouth, both very transparent and rich, with amazing fruit, quite fresh plummy, with nice acidity keeps things really bright.This is packed with ripe tannins, nice high toned slightly vegetal aromatics in the mouth with a bitter orange rind note on the finish. 92-94pts
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