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Seghesio 'La Villa' Barolo 2005

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This is very hard on the nose with spicy, brothy notes and an underlay of creosote. In the mouth this is dark and very compressed with some woody tannins piercing the veil of dark fruit but overall the texture, verging as it is on velvety, is the wine’s best feature. There are some nice cherry notes and a touch of menthol, but the sweet fruit on entry is quickly squished by the wood leaving this a bit clumsy, hot, and one-dimensional. 86pts

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Seghesio Family Vineyards:
  The Seghesio Family Vineyards have a rich history, dating back to 1895 when Edoardo Seghesio and his wife Angela purchased their home in Alexander Valley, part of Sonoma County. They didn’t buy the land for the house - they bought it for the 56 acres that were ideal vineyard land. That year, the land’s first grapes were planted - Zinfandel. In 1902, Seghesio Winery was... Read more
  The Seghesio Family Vineyards have a rich history, dating back to 1895 when Edoardo Seghesio and his wife Angela purchased their home in Alexander Valley, part of Sonoma County. They didn’t buy the land for the house - they bought it for the 56 acres that were ideal vineyard land. That year, the land’s first grapes were planted - Zinfandel. In 1902, Seghesio Winery was founded, but the Seghesios didn’t stop there. In 1910 they acquired even more land, in the region known as Chianti, California. On that land, they planed Sangiovese, Canielao Nero, Trebbiano and Malvasia, making the it the oldest planting of Sangiovese in North America. Six months before Prohibition, Seghesio took a gamble and made a significant purchase - a 4,000,000 gallon capacity winery with 1,100 acres of vineyards from his former employer, Italian Swiss Colony. Unfortunately, Prohibition hit harder than Seghesio expected, and he was forced to completely sell off his shares in the winery by 1933. In 1983, the company changed drastically, when Ted and Peter Seghesio decided to shift the winery’s focus to high-quality production and much smaller lots, producing wine under the Seghesio label for the first time. Ted became the both the winemaker and the deliverer of wine, and with the help of Peter, a successful distribution network was formed. After tending to over 400 acres of vineyards across many regions, Seghesio Family Vineyards has become a large, successful vineyard with fourth generation winemakers. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Seghesio 'La Villa' Barolo

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,030
3.00 5
04/13/2010

This is very hard on the nose with spicy, brothy notes and an underlay of creosote. In the mouth this is dark and very compressed with some woody tannins piercing the veil of dark fruit but overall the texture, verging as it is on velvety, is the wine’s best feature. There are some nice cherry notes and a touch of menthol, but the sweet fruit on entry is quickly squished by the wood leaving this a bit clumsy, hot, and one-dimensional. 86pts


External Reviews for Seghesio 'La Villa' Barolo

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

What a beautiful nose, with flowers, licorice, ripe fruit and fresh leather. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a wonderful ripeness of fruit, yet this is balanced and structured. Very smooth. The best wine I have ever had from this producer. Best after 2012.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Aromas of dried Indian spices, and dried dark fruits. Full-bodied, with very ripe fruit, chewy tannins and a medium finish. Slightly muted on the palate. Best after 2006.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 2000 Barolo Vigneto La Villa, with aromas of wild cherries, leather, and licorice, is long and intense in its flow, very solid and sustained on the development and finish, and with only a slight dryness to keep the score from going even higher. It will drink well for over a dozen years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Moderately saturated medium red. Warm, smoky aromas of red cherry, raspberry, nuts, tobacco, smoke and earth. Supple and sweet in the mouth, with concentrated flavors of red fruits, dried flowers, marzipan and licorice. Not hugely concentrated or fleshy but offers a lovely balance of fruit and acidity. Finishes with smooth tannins and an element of youthful austerity.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The faint at heart need not apply. This is serious Nebbiolo that requires a significant amount of breathing in order for it to open up. When that happens, a magical transformation occurs much like when a bud blossoms into a flower, revealing its inner beauty. A kaleidoscope of aromas and flavors dance to and fro in the glass. Metaphorical nuances of vanilla, cocoa, anise, wild cherries, blackberries, brown spices and yes, roses come to mind. This is truly a great wine to have and well worth the patience.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Saturated ruby-red. Aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice and bitter chocolate. Rich, dense and extremely young; a superconcentrated, very modern-style wine that tastes almost like a barrel sample. Deep but youthfully musclebound, this will require at least six or seven years of additional bottle aging to develop its personality.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Harmonious and youthful. Ripe and minerally, with hints of spices. Full-bodied and very compacted, with firm, silky tannins and a long, long, succulent finish. Give this one time. Best after 2004.


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