The 2017 Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda is flat out stunning. All the purest essence of Rionda comes through in a captivating Barolo that dazzles. Sweet red cherry fruit, kirsch, rose petal, licorice and blood orange are some of the many aromas and flavors that lift from the glass. Exotic and racy, the 2017 is a flat-out stunner. Now, for the million dollar question. Is it better than the 2016? Right now, I give an edge to the 2017 for its greater finesse and total sense of exotic beauty. But time will be the judge. I do look forward to tasting the 2016 and 2017 side by side!
Anticipated maturity: 2027-2047
Just mid ruby. Firm, concentrated, complex nose that pulls you right in. Hints of black pepper and just a suggestion of gingerbread reflecting the warm vintage, but with real lift. Full, sweet-sour cherry palate. Lots of generous but not sweet fruit contrasted by finely chiselled, polished tannins. Ready now but will hold. Will seduce many.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2034