Good full red. Brilliant aromas of red berries, cherry, wild herbs, mint, minerals and rose petal, all lifted by a pungent blood orange note. Wonderfully sweet and generous but with outstanding clarity of flavor too, not to mention a big structure for a Barolo from La Morra. The broad, layered finish features noble tannins and great resonating length and lift. Grand cru grain and class.
Robert Parker 98
The 2007 Barolo Brunate is a stunner. Layers of dark fruit, mocha, chocolate, menthol, pine and spices emerge reluctantly from an inward, mysterious Barolo that captures the essence of one of Piedmont’s greatest sites. Structurally, it remains a powerhouse, with massive tannins, great body and fabulous length. The Brunate is one of the most improved wines at Vietti over the last few years, and is a huge success in this vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2032. Sadly the world lost Alfredo Currado – one of Piedmont’s pioneers – last year, but I am sure he would have been thrilled to see how his son’s wines have turned out. Luca Currado’s 2007 Baroli are every bit as impressive from bottle as they were from cask. Interestingly, Vietti is one of the few producers where the house style and vineyard nuances are just as evident as vintage character. Although the 2007s are gorgeous today, most of the wines shut down quickly in the glass, suggesting they may be headed for a period of stubbornness. All of the wines now see a fairly lengthy period of several weeks of contact on the skins, followed by malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels and aging in large, Slavonian oak casks. Always curious to explore, Currado continues to make small adjustments to vinification, including an experimental 2010 Barolo made with a strictly traditional approach that may end up being bottled only in magnum. I think it is fair to say readers will be stunned by the quality of the wines that are emerging from this family run property in Castiglione Falletto. An upcoming article on www.erobertparker.com will take an in-depth look at the estate’s Barolo Riserva Villero. Importer: Dalla Terra, Napa, CA; tel. (707) 259-5405
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2032
La Morra. Deep, concentrated ruby with orange rim. Savoury and cacao powder nose. Fruit very reluctant to appear. Concentrated, and with persistent ripe tannin. Very very backward it seems. (WS)
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022