Exotic candied strawberry and musky truffle aromas are lifted by pepper and a floral topnote. Quite smooth if not yet especially expressive, offering a juicy quality to the flavors of red berries, red cherry, mint and spices. There’s lovely ripe red fruits here, and nicely sweet tannins, but this wine seemed to clamp down with air. It will need at least a few years of cellaring to express its personality.
Robert Parker 94
The 2009 Barolo Falletto is an exuberant and exciting wine with tight, firming tannins surrounded by deep layers of dried cherry, licorice, cassis, moist tobacco and campfire ash. What sets this Barolo apart is the focus and care it shows on the bouquet. It is as if each layer is a separately audible voice in a united chorus of flavors and aromas. Also notable is the balanced acidity that adds a bite of freshness without being too sharp. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035. With the return of winemaker Dante Scaglione in 2011, the wines of Bruno Giacosa (-the genius of Neive-) continue to impress. Bruna Giacosa, Bruno-s daughter, has taken over daily operations at the winery since her father suffered a stroke in 2006. Importer: Folio Fine Wine Partners, Napa, CA; tel. (707) 256-2700
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035