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Michele Chiarlo 2005

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90 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): The estate's 2005 Barolo Tortoniano offers lovely depth in an essentially mid-weight style. Crushed raspberries, flowers, licorice and spices are melded together in a finely-knit frame of notable elegance. This beautifully balanced, accessible Barolo should continue to drink nicely for another decade or so. A long, refreshing finish makes it difficult to resist a second taste. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021. (Oct 2009)

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Michele Chiarlo:
Our Philosophy is to produce wines whose characteristics faithfully represent that variety of provenance, as well as their terroir, but in which the hints of wood are never underscored; that they be rich, highly elegant and never nauseous wines. The wine brings with it a precious baggage of qualitative features, which derive from the grape variety and the terroir of provenance: we are fu... Read more
Our Philosophy is to produce wines whose characteristics faithfully represent that variety of provenance, as well as their terroir, but in which the hints of wood are never underscored; that they be rich, highly elegant and never nauseous wines. The wine brings with it a precious baggage of qualitative features, which derive from the grape variety and the terroir of provenance: we are fully committed to ensuring that all said characteristics remain integral and do not diminish or undergo modifications, thus we limit our actions to those strictly necessary, using delicate procedures, aware that every clarification, filtration or other intervention subtracts a part of the wine's qualitative characteristics. Pressing is carried out by means of soft presses so as not to tear the skins; fermentation comes about exclusively at controlled temperatures programmed for each wine, so as to preserve the precious perfumes and original flavours; the extraction of the anthocyans and polyphenols from black grapes is done by means of a very delicate system involving automatic rotary sprinklers that shower must onto the skins. As for our white wines, among the most innovative actions, we would mention the one adopted for Gavi: cold maceratyion of a part of the cortese grapes before pressing, so as to favour a more marked and delicate extraction of their perfumes. As regards red wines, of great importance for us is the choice of wood, capacity and age of the barrels used, all of which in French oak. We use oak tuns for the fermentation of our highly prized reds and barrels of different sizes for their refinement. For instance: 225-litre barrels for Montemareto and in part for La Court Barbera d'Asti (of which 50% is instead refined in fermentation tuns); 700-litre barrels for the Barolo and Barbaresco crus; 5000-litre barrels for Barbera d'Asti Cipressi della Court, Le Orme, classic Barolo and Barbaresco. All our top-rank reds (Barolo, Barbaresco and relative crus, Barbera d'Asti La Court , Montemareto) are bottled without having previously undergone filtration, so as to maintain integral both their original wealth of bouquet and taste. The “long-life” reds undergo lengthy and adequate refinement in the bottle, away from the light, at a constant temperature of 14- 16°C so as to enable them slowly to develop heady fragrances and to deliciously harmonise their flavours. It is precisely in this stage that the greatness of a wine comes to the fore: thus we delay putting our crus of red wines on sale until after the deadline foreseen by the individual Production Regulations, so that they may arrive on the wine-lover's table ready to be appreciated to the utmost. Read less
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Layered Rice Pudding

RiceSelect's fragrant Jasmati® is blended with eggs, milk and fall's favorite spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, to create a delicious rice pudding, which is layered on top of fluffy cream cheese and abuttery pecan crust. Pairs well with a bold, tawny port with flavors of dried fruits, nuts, and spices.

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Editorial Reviews for Michele Chiarlo

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,024
2.50 5
05/21/2009

AWE blind tasting - well integrated spicy wood tones, light cherry and rose, a bit of clay, soft and simple, nice, simple, easy, some fruit, some spice, neither good nor bad 83-84


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,024
3.50 5
05/21/2009

AWE blind tasting - sweet and candied nose, root beer, some baked goods, extracted, heavy, but deep and intense with chewy, dark, opaque fruit, this might just come around as it has a lovely minerality that really cuts through the huge fruit and finishes with intense cooling menthol and dark, earthy note, even a hint of dark tobacco on the moderately long finish 86-87


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Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549168,658
3.00 5
04/03/2012

On the nose I found white flowers, almond skins, browned butter and minerals. On the palate, it was medium bodied with zippy acidity, showing lemon with minerals and rocks. The finish was staying yet fresh. I was pleasantly surprised by this 6-year old Gavi.


Snooth User: Tyler Worth
497729839
3.50 5
06/28/2011

90 points. Sweet red fruit and bramble bush tones open up on the aroma. There is an exceptional dark chocolate and almond toffee quality running through it, with a slight note of caramel. A spin in the glass reveals some slightly herbal notes, a charred wood aroma, and a touch of chalk. The palate opens with raspberry juice, a tinge of citrus, and some light tangerine flavors. Chocolate and nuts show through on the mid palate, with some dried herb and peppercorn leading into a finish of blood orange, cacao powder, and shrub brush. This wine is incredibly bright and fresh, with a nice ripe citrus and berry component that gives the palate some real substance. The delicate cacao powder tannins and the soft earthy tones add a nice amount of definition, creating a very interesting, fun to drink, wine that would be very food friendly. A very solid wine for the price, and an excellent place to start when exploring this producer and this varietal. Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/07/23/post-46-fontanafredda-and-chiarlo-setting-the-bar-in-italian-barbera/


Snooth User: Cheese and Grapes
201091439
3.00 5
06/25/2009

Earthy nose. Old world style. Opened up after about 30 minutes. Medium bodied, smooth, complex finish. Paired well with grilled chicken wrap.


Snooth User: TL1053
722873163
3.50 5
08/05/2012

Trying my first bottle....quite nice, will save the other for a year or so


Snooth User: hatecrew
125832345
3.50 5
11/02/2013

Very Good wine for this price range 1


Snooth User: bellethellama
12834015
3.50 5
01/28/2009

Like most wines from the Piemonte region, Michele Chiarlo's Barbera d'Asti is rich with its notes of tobacco and cherry, and pairs extremely well with any stuffed pasta or gnocchi--especially truffle or ricotta cheese-filled pastas. It's also relatively easy to find here in the U.S. and well-priced, and is a wine that my friends in Piemonte regularly drink themselves--for me, that is always a ringing endorsement.


Snooth User: thecitymouse
103439114
3.50 5
07/21/2013

We enjoyed it. Very nice balance.


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External Reviews for Michele Chiarlo

External Review
11/25/2009

WE: 90 Points


External Review
04/09/2008

A simple, quaffing red wine that you don't have to think about. Plum and blackberry fruit, a hint of spice and tangy acids make this a good match for lively tomato-based dishes.


External Review
01/31/2012

Tortoniano shows very exciting results thanks to the wine's evident softness and richness. Aromas recall sweet Christmas spice, black cherry, licorice and rose petal but the wine really picks up speed in the mouth where you will experience a blast of chocolate and espresso. Drink 2015-2020. - M.L. ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
11/25/2009

WE: 93 Points


External Review
05/16/2009

Dunkles Rubin. Verführerische Nase. Vielschichtiger Gaumen mit einerseits einer reifbeerigen Seite, aber auch einer tollen Würze. Gut eingepackte Säure, welche die Aromen aufs Schönste begleitet. Ein charaktervoller Piemonteser, der mit einer tollen Lagerfähigkeit ausgestattet ist.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesPure, ripe plum and strawberry fruit flavors underscored by a crisp acidic note and a hint of earth mark this charming, succulent wine, set in a supple texture supported by sweet, soft tannins.


External Review
12/20/2009

A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2005 Michele Chiarlo Barolo Cerequio 750ml


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90 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): The estate's 2005 Barolo Tortoniano offers lovely depth in an essentially mid-weight style. Crushed raspberries, flowers, licorice and spices are melded together in a finely-knit frame of notable elegance. This beautifully balanced, accessible Barolo should continue to drink nicely for another decade or so. A long, refreshing finish makes it difficult to resist a second taste. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021. (Oct 2009)

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