Valfieri Barolo 2007

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Baking spice, cinnamon, cloves, roasted coffee, rose water, plums and sour cherries dance in this modern and unusually ripe Barolo.

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Valfieri:
In 1961, Rosangela Clerici Riccadonna (who belongs to one of Piedmont's oldest wine-making families) founded Valfieri at Alba, dedicating this new and original cellar to the production of Alba's traditional, classic wines. Valfieri subsequently moved to Costigliole d'Asti, in the heart of one of the region's most prized grape-growing zones, and management of the cellar was taken over by Mrs Ri... Read more
In 1961, Rosangela Clerici Riccadonna (who belongs to one of Piedmont's oldest wine-making families) founded Valfieri at Alba, dedicating this new and original cellar to the production of Alba's traditional, classic wines. Valfieri subsequently moved to Costigliole d'Asti, in the heart of one of the region's most prized grape-growing zones, and management of the cellar was taken over by Mrs Riccadonna's children, Angelo and Mariachiara Clerici, who continue the family's tradition with commitment and enthusiasm. More than thirty-five years have passed since the Cellar was founded, and during this time the wine sector has changed dramatically. The economics of wine has become globalised. But Valfieri remains faithful to traditional values, which doesn't mean banal repetition of past methods, but rather a continuous effort to improve production, to make wines whose quality is perceived and not imposed. Read less

Member Reviews for Valfieri Barolo

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Snooth User: gntop1
1327591,010
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 07/27/2014

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Rodolphe Boulanger
63471,856
0.00 5
Vintage: 2003 12/11/2008

dark ruby cherry . spice+tar+roses. red fruit+spice,plums+cherries,coffee,spice,leather,tar+flowers,smooth+powerful,finish on spice,good tannins


External Reviews for Valfieri Barolo

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2005 01/03/2012

Baking spice, cinnamon, cloves, roasted coffee, rose water, plums and sour cherries dance in this modern and unusually ripe Barolo.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2005 01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2004 01/10/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2004 02/14/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2004 01/10/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2004 01/10/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2004 05/18/2011

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 - 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.


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