New Parker scores: Barolo 2017
The DOCG Barolo wines of the 2017 vintage are the protagonists of a recent article by Monica Larner, Robert Parker's contributor for The Wine Advocate.
Let's discover together all the new Parker scores assigned to the 2017 Barolo wines, starting from one of the most attentioned of this edition: Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Chiniera 2017, which with 95+ points is the best for score/price ratio.
The performance of the top selling Barolo wine of our wine shop was also exceptional, with the splendid 93 points of M. Marengo Barolo 2017!
At the sight it has a bright red color with shades that vary to garnet in youth, and gets ruby red with orange reflections over time. Fruity notes of ripe fruit alternate with floral scents and spicy aromas deriving from aging; the result is a rich and intense aromatic bouquet. The taste is dry in mouth and particularly pleasant. Ideal with tasty meat dishes, such as roasts, braised meats and stewed game. Excellent with aged cheese.
Pio Cesare's Barolo is a classic product which matures for over three years both in French oak barriques and larger barrels, ideally combining tradition and innovation. The result is a balanced wine, characterised by firm but measured tannins, a frank and ready interpretation of this extraordinary Nebbiolo. On nose it successfully achieves harmony between sweet notes of dried plum and jam and fresher notes, including balsamic and liquorice, while the taste is clean, refined and persistent, approachable in youth but extraordinarily fulfilling.
Ruby red with bright garnet hints, on nose it releases aromas of ripe fruit, notes of oriental spice, balsamic and minerals. A true paradigm of Parusso style, with a beautiful spiciness that comes from two years of aging in barrique. On palate it is soft, harmonious, delicate in tannins and good alcohol content: a Barolo with a dynamic and modern look, but also straight and long-lived, which can be appreciated already from an early age.
Massolino Barolo is a great classic wine, with 30 months of ageing in French oak barrels. The result is an elegant, precise and extremely pleasant red which sets itself apart due to its excellent quality/price ratio. With a perfectly defined bouquet, the Massolino Barolo is notable for its floral aromas (roses and violets), red fruits (raspberries and strawberries), nutmeg, leather and liquorice, on a balsamic and mineral background. It's a real pleasure to swirl the glass gently and be captivated by its open and expressive nose. On palate it exhibits plenty of body and comes over rounded, with fine and silky tannins.
Albe is a Barolo that stands out for its precision, balance and drinkability. According to tradition, Albe was born from an assembly of grapes from different vineyards and lies 36 months in large Slavonian oak barrels. Intriguing garnet to the eye, on nose it recalls ripe flowers and fruits, from cherry to blueberry, from bitter citrus to black cherry, with hints of spice, aromatic woods, medicinal herbs, absinthe. Savory sip, with agile and integrated tannins. A Barolo with which you can talk from an early age, with good softness and long persistence.
Superb Barolo with a classic garnet red color; exhibits a particular nose, which releases warm and sweet sensations of mint, blackberry, sweet licorice, coffee, milk chocolate and jam. The taste is the same texture and quality, the mouth is full and the tannins are in balance, the finish is persistent. It matches with second courses of red meat and game.
In terms of price/score ratio, the classic Barolos stand out...
...but good news also come from the grand cru of the 2017 vintage!
The performance of the 2017 Barolo vintage
For the entire Barolo area, the 2017 vintage was a real challenge. Great heat and a lot of drought put the vines and the winemakers to the test. The challenge was enormous because we now face an extraordinary year, 2016, which was not easy to repeat even in the best conditions.
But the best wineries, which are always among the most popular in our wineshop, have been able to guarantee a high standard of quality. In other words, they have won the bet and bottled a 2017 Barolo that has nothing to envy from the legendary 2016.
This is confirmed by the scores, which have remained at the same level of quality. And it is confirmed by the drinkability, which offers a crisp, ready, enveloping Barolo for those who like to drink well and immediately. In fact, these new Parker scores show that the "basic" labels are winners, finding great balance thanks to the blending of the various splendid crus of the most celebrated appellation of Nebbiolo.