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2010 Barolo Part 2

This is Part II of our 2010 Barolo feature (see our JULY 2014 newsletter for Part I!). Like the Barolo producers and the press, we are quite excited to be offering this spectacular vintage. We are continuing the story about the awesome Barolo vintage and the main characters are now on stage with these releases-- really highlighting good 2010 was and is. With or without the exuberant press and lofty verbiage, this is a great time for wine fans, in general, and Barolo fans in particular: these wines are the real deal.

“... Simply put, 2010 is the greatest young Barolo vintage I have tasted in 18 years of visiting the region and a lifetime of buying, cellaring and drinking these wines.”

“As structured as the 2010s are, these aren’t your father’s (or mother’s) Barolos. In other words, the wines won’t take decades to become approachable. Significant strides in viticulture and winemaking have made today’s young Barolos more approachable than they have ever been. For example, the 2008 Barolos, wines from another cool, late-maturing vintage, are surprisingly open today. Those wines may close down at some point in the future, but the days of needing to cellar Barolos for decades before they drink well is largely a thing of the past. The last vintage I can remember with truly forbidding youthful tannins is 1999.” - ANTONIO GALLONI... Vinous Media (January 2014)

 

BROVIA 2010 BAROLO

The Brovia single-vineyard wines are vivid demonstrations of their terroirs, and it’s always a treat to taste them together to see the differences between the vineyards. ‘Classico’ is a preferred term for Barolos / Barbarescos that are not single-vineyard wines, as no producer is very keen on calling their wine ‘base Barolo’ or ‘basic Barolo’. Brovia’s Barolo (classico) is a blend of 4 vineyards, with the biggest share coming from 25 year-old vines in Brea, which gives the wine a very mineral, chalky backbone. Classico bottlings are always less expensive than the single-vineyards, and there’s a strong tendency to diminish the importance of the classico wines in favor of our obsession with the single vineyards, but the best blended Barolos express the complexity that comes from combining fruit from different terroirs - think B. Mascarello, G. Rinaldi. We miss out on some great wine if we ignore a classico wine that’s as good as Brovia’s, which is altogether a serious wine, and something very fine.

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ODDERO 2010 BAROLO

JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - “Very pretty aromas and flavors of dried strawberries and plums follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and an intense finish. ItÍs all in the finish here. Needs at least five years to come together. Impressive structure. Best blended Barolo ever from here.”

Our staff has always been extremely enamored with the delicate and super elegant wines of Oddero. Upon tasting the 2010 Barolo, we are glad to inform you this is another excellent achievement from our old friends. Bravo! The Oddero family released its first bottle of wine in 1878. Since then, the winery has been handed down six generations, father to son. That tradition changed with the seventh generation. Today, sisters Mariacristina and Mariavittoria (daughters of Giacomo Oddero) own the winery and 35 hectares of vineyard spread across the townships of Serralunga d’Alba, La Morra, Monforte d’Alba and Castiglione Falleto.

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PAOLO SCAVINO 2010 “CAROBRIC” BAROLO

ANTONIO GALLONI 96 POINTS - “Scavino’s 2010 Barolo Carobric stands out for its focus and clarity. Sweet red berries, mint, crushed rocks and rose petals are some of the many notes that take shape in the glass. The 2010 Carobric is bright, aromatically lifted and gorgeous in its precision. Today the 2010 is an infant, but it has gorgeous intensity and length. All the elements are in the right place. This is one of the best vintages of Carobric I can recall tasting. As a reminder, Carobric is a blend of fruit from Cannubi, Rocche di Castiglione and Bric del Fiasc.”

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G.D. VAJRA 2010 “BRICCO DELLE VIOLE” BAROLO

ANTONIO GALLONI 96+ POINTS - “ The 2010 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is going to need quite a bit of time to fully come together. Dark cherries, plums, tobacco and spices burst from the glass in an intense, structured Barolo that hits all the high notes. Next to the Ravera, the Bricco delle Viole is more floral, lifted and finessed, especially with time in the glass. Rose petals, savory herbs and sweet spices add the last nuance of complexity. The 2010 is fabulous; it’s as simple as that.”

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E. PIRA & FIGLI "CHIARA BOSCHIS"

Barolo is a place of peasants and royalty. The king of Savoy famously owned a prominent Barolo winery, but the most famous wines today come from old farming families working small plots of land. Chiara Boschis is part of the Borgogno clan who helped define the best of Barolo from the 1760s. Her father and two brothers ran the family winery leaving little place for Chiara. When the last heir of another Barolo farming family, E. Pira, suddenly passed away, Chiara bought the historic brand and transformed it. Chiara’s innovations have largely been in the vineyard, reducing yields to focus flavors. During her second harvest at E. Pira in 1994, a concerned neighbor called Chiara’s father to inquire if he thought his daughter was totally nuts—she had simply dropped more crop at pruning than any of the Barolo old-timers had ever seen. Chiara’s methods are hands-on and intense, demanding a small production. She recently doubled the size of E. Pira—from 1,500 cases a year to nearly 3,000. Production on her signature wine, “Cannubi” Barolo, is just 800cs.

 

E. PIRA & FIGLI CHIARA BOSCHIS 2010 “MOSCONI” BAROLO

ANTONIO GALLONI 95 POINTS - “The 2010 Barolo Mosconi, the estate’s first wine from this south-facing site in Monforte, is showing beautifully today. In this cold, late-ripening vintage, the south exposition and richness typical of this site give the Mosconi a level of mid-palate pliancy and richness the other 2010 Barolos don’t have. Mosconi has never given Barolos of finesse or elegance, but this is just about as good as it gets."

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E. PIRA & FIGLI CHIARA BOSCHI 2010 “CANNUBI” BAROLO

ANTONIO GALLONI 94 POINTS - “The 2010 Barolo Cannubi is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Freshly cut flowers, mint, spices, new leather and violets all waft from the glass in a refined, impeccable Barolo loaded with class. The 2010 is all about delicacy, finesse and elegance. Sweet, floral and impeccable in its balance, the 2010 is striking from start to finish. This is pure sensuality.”

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ELIO GRASSO 2010 GAVARINI VIGNA CHINIERA

ANTONIO GALLONI 98 POINTS - “The 2010 Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera is a wine of breathtaking purity and finesse. The year that comes to mind is 2008, but the 2010 has a more classic sense of structure, tannic cut and intensity. Bright red berries, crushed rocks, mint and dried flowers are some of the many notes that linger in the glass. Sweet floral notes begin to emerge over time but the 2010 is a reticent, austere wine built for the cellar. Razor-precise veins of acidity and minerality support the brilliant, crystalline finish. This is an especially thrilling Gavarini, but readers are going to have to be patient. The 2010 is a wine to buy and forget about for a decade, perhaps longer. Hints of the 1989 and its extraordinary perfume linger on the finish. Gianluca Grasso adds that for the first time in 2010 he had the courage to pick this fruit a few days later than normal.”

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ELIO GRASSO 2010 “GINESTRA VIGNE CASA MATE” BAROLO

ANTONIO GALLONI 97 POINTS - “Dark red cherries, plums, smoke, tar, menthol and licorice all take shape in the 2010 Barolo Ginestra Vigna Casa Matè. Today the 2010 is painfully young and less expressive than the Gavarini, but equally promising. A generous, resonant wine, the 2010 blossoms in all directions with seemingly endless layers of dark, balsamic-inflected fruit. Today, the Casa Matè is closed and shut down, but it has all the qualities to develop into a spectacular Barolo. The future is bright, especially for readers who can be patient.”

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ALDO CONTERNO 2010 “COLONNELLO” BAROLO

ANTONIO GALLONI 95 POINTS - “The most open of the 2010s, the 2010 Colonnello has a wonderful immediacy to it. Dark cherry, plum, cloves, new leather, menthol and a hint of oak. Firm yet well-integrated tannins provide the backbone for a core of explosive fruit in this racy, extroverted wine. The Colonnello marries the round, supple personality of this site with the classic sense of structure and tannin of the year. If I were going to open any of Conterno’s 2010s before age ten it would be the Colonnello, but even then I would try to hold off. Quite simply, this is one of the very best Colonnellos in recent memory. 2020 – 2030”

WINE SPECTATOR 98 POINTS - “A beautifully crafted Barolo, with ripe cherry, plum, leather, spice, mineral and smoke elements. Starts off supple and approachable, but the gripping tannins soon move in, securing the lengthy, spice-filled finish. An underlying mineral vein adds depth. Best from 2018 through 2036. From Italy.—B.S.”

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ALDO CONTERNO 2010 “CICALA” BAROLO

ANTONIO GALLONI 97 POINTS - “Conterno’s 2010 Barolo Cicala boasts razor-sharp minerality and acidity in support of the beautifully delineated, resonant fruit. Rose petals, tar, licorice, dark cherries and tobacco are some of the many nuances that burst from the glass in an exotic, intense Barolo loaded with class and personality. The Cicala is going to require considerable patience, but it is a stunner. Vivid and alive through to the finish, the Cicala is easily one of the wines of this great Barolo vintage. 2025 – 2040”

WINE SPECTATOR 98 POINTS - “A gorgeous red, scented with rose, mint, menthol, cherry and leather notes, with intense flavors matching the aromas. Dense with tannins, finely wrought and dovetailing on the long, detailed finish, this is very harmonious, yet will need time to fully express itself. Best from 2018 through 2038. From Italy.—B.S.”

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Franco Conterno with our own Patty Quick at October's Aldo Conterno tasting (it was awesome!)... Sommelier Patton Penhallegon from Pizzeria Mozza stopped by to provide appropriate Barolo-worthy food. What a night!!


Turkey Trot
Wines that Pair with the Bird

PAUL DETHUNE BRUT ROSE GRAND CRU

As with all of Pierre Dethune’s Champagnes this 2010 based Rose his family’s organically farmed plots all of which are situated within the Ambonnay Grand Cru. For his rosé, Déthune uses both the maceration (i.e. saignee) and blending methods: first, the Pinot Noir grapes undergo a short maceration, giving the juice a deep color that’s close to a red wine’s depth. To this reddish juice, Paul adds about 20 percent of Chardonnay, both to lighten the color and to add finesse to the blend. The result is a deeply toned salmon colored rose with a delicate effervescence that liberates a profusion of red fruit esters (cherries, raspberries, strawberries, and red currants). In the mouth this Champagne is certainly flush with red berry goodness but what is even more impressive is its detailed core of nougat infused chalk and spice. A memorable rose tailor-made for grand celebrations.

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PERELADA CAVA BRUT ROSE

With the Holidays looming, we have been feverishly searching for a rose sparkler near the ten dollar price point that we can enthusiastically recommend. Well, our prayers have truly been answered with gem from the historic Perelada castle in Spain’s Cataluña province. This dark cherry tinted sparkler is a novel blend of Grenache (74%), Pinot Noir (18%), and Trepat (8%) presents unabashed aromas of crushed cranberries, pomegranates, and orange zest. More cranberries flow over to the palate where they are joined by impressions of dark cherries and citrus. This Champagne method bubbly finishes with a remarkable buoyancy and purity given its vivid red berry demeanor. An obvious call for budget conscious toasting and Holiday hoisting.

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TURKEY FLAT 2014 ROSÉ, BAROSSA, AUSTRALIA

Turkey Flat Winery dedicates an entire Barossa Valley vineyard to the blend of grapes used for this delicious rosé. The 2014 is composed of 93% Grenache, 4% Shiraz, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Dolcetto. This delightful wine has a deep salmon pink color and a forward nose featuring scents of strawberries and raspberries. Medium-bodied, dry and crisp in the mouth, it offers a good core of vibrant red berry flavors (cherries and raspberries) and a medium-long finish. The minute trace of residual sugar (4.5 grams per liter or about half a percent) is well balanced by crisp acidity. This will go beautifully with turkey and all the trimmings as well as ham, salmon, roast chicken or quiche. Turkey Flat has some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. It was here, on the banks of Tanunda Creek in the Barossa Valley, where bush “turkeys” once roamed, that pioneer Silesian settlers planted the first Shiraz vines in 1847.

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TORMARESCA 2013 FICHIMORI SALENTO

This is a fun, fresh and lively wine from the Puglia region of Italy, an area known as the heel of the Italian boot. The Tormaresca winery was founded by the iconic Antinori family who continue to showcase traditional Italian wines while pursuing exciting new ideas as well. Fichimori is a delicious, fruity blend of the indigenous grape, Negroamaro, with Syrah. It shares some of the characteristics of Pinot Noir or Beaujolais wines in both body and flavor profile. This wine is a bright-colored medium ruby; on the nose it displays vibrant red fruits including cherry and pomegranate, which mingle nicely with sweet herbs. It is medium-bodied with moderate acidity and light tannins resulting in an easy-drinking style. This soft and fruity wine is best served chilled and will drink beautifully with a variety of food including holiday fare such as turkey with cranberry and all the trimmings. The Italians also enjoy this wine after dinner or as a base ingredient for several refreshing cocktails. Go to page 21 to see some of these fun cocktail recipes. Salute!

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Cellar La Vinyeta

In 2002, Josep Serra, a young oenology and viticulture student, combined his life savings with money he had to borrow to purchase a little less than five acres of 50-80 year old vineyards in the town of Mollet de Perelada, a small village in the Emporda DO. The vineyard is located in the northeastern corner of Catalonia, nestled next to the Pyrenees Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Since the release of his first vintage in 2007, Josep now sustainably farms 19 varietals on over 50 acres. La Vinyeta is a play on words focused around the idea of storytelling, which combines the words for ‘vineyard’ and ‘comic strip’ in Catalan. The wines themselves continue that story: Heus, from the expression ‘Heus aquí una vegada’ (Once upon a time…), Llavors (and then…) and Puntiapart (and so the story ends).

 

CELLAR LA VINYETA BLANC 2013

A crisp and aromatic blend of Macabeu, Xarel.lo, Garnatxa Blanca, Moscat, and Malvasia, this wine’s bright acidity and lower alcohol (11.5%) make it ideal to start any holiday meal. Mineral salinity streaks through the aromas and palate of lemon and green apple with some fresh floral notes of jasmine and lemongrass.

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CELLAR LA VINYETA HEUS HEGRE 2013

A fresh and lively blend of Samso (the local name for Carignan), Syrah, Garnatxa and Merlot, this is a great wine to complement any holiday meal. Red fruits and spice dominate the Heus Negre. While the fruit is quite ripe, it is tempered and restrained with smooth texture, round tannins and a hint of crisp acidity. Tangy, tart and bitter cherry are all present along with fresh cracked pepper notes and dried rose petals. The Heus Negre will sing with the cranberry sauce while it dances with your Turducken.

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Germany - # 1 Thanksgiving wine

SCHLOSS SCHOENBORN 2009 RIESLING KABINETT RHEINGAU

Just in time for Thanksgiving we discovered this very pretty Kabinett. With loads of kiwi and red gooseberry flavors, this very exotic Riesling is a pleasure to drink. Schloss Schönborn is the oldest estate in Germany and one of the oldest in the world, continuously owned by the same family (27 generations). Certainly, they have perfected the science of winemaking which even shows in their lower priced wines. With 11% alcohol this wine is slightly sweet. It is rich in flavor and refreshing which makes it the PERFECT companion for your Thanksgiving dinner. Bring on the turkey!

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Greek Wine: The Wine Dark Sea

Wine has been made in Greece for over 6,000 years. In the past two decades Greek winemaking has undergone a quality revolution and world class wines are now being made there. The Wine Spectator, in their issue dated Nov. 15, 2014, discusses the revival of Greek wines, particularly the crisp whites made from Assyrtiko or Aidani on the island of Santorini. Among their recommended wines are some of our favorites:

ARGYROS 2013 ESTATE ASSYRTIKO, SANTORINI  WS 91 POINTS  $24.98 [304572] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button

ARGYROS 2013 ASSYRTIKO, SANTORINI WS 90 POINTS $19.98 [300039] Hi-Time Wine Cellars add to cart button

ARGYROS 2013 ESTATE AIDANI, CYCLADES
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GAIA 2013 ASSYRTIKO, SANTORINI WILD FERMENT
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Sake

DEWATSURA SAKURA EMAKI 360ml

Pure sake, 100% natural rosé made from heirloom purple rice varietals of the ancient Helan ruins in Akita, Japan. Enchanting aroma of cherry and plum blossoms. Fruitiness of assorted red berries. On the palate, the sake is pleasant with a touch of sweetness that is balanced by crisp acidity and a light texture that create a balanced, transcendent sake.

Brewery: In the romantic snow country of Akita, Japan, just 5 minutes from Akita Seishu Brewery in Daisen, is the ancient ruins of Hotta No Saku, an active fort built for the Yamato Imperial Court in the Heian Era,792-1185AD. When it was excavated, 1000-year-old "Murasaki Mai" purple rice grains from faraway lands in southeast Asia were found. These grains were the origins of purple rice strains developed over a millennium to grow in northern regions. In 1996 the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries along with the Association for the Revitalization of ancient rice petitioned Akita Seishu brewery to craft sake made with this ancient heirloom purple rice strains. Honored and inspired, Mr. Ito challenged his master sake brewers to capture the magnificent cherry-blossom-blush of color of this ancient rice. So Sakura Emaki came to be. Sakura means cherry blossom and refers to the beautiful flower, so emblematic of Japan, while Emaki refers to the illustrated scrolls on which the first ever novel The Tales of Genji were written and preserved.

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