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Cellar Favorite: 1983 Prunotto Barbaresco Riserva

Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2017

Prunotto’s 1983 Barbaresco Riserva is a real revelation. Dark, deep and impressively concentrated for a wine of its age, the 1983 is striking in its beauty.

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2014 Barbaresco: An October Surprise

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Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

The 2014 Barbarescos confirm all the potential they showed as recently bottled wines a year ago. Vibrant, perfumed and beautifully delineated, the 2014s capture the essence of what makes Nebbiolo so compelling. In short, the 2014 Barbarescos speak to the essence of site as expressed in one of the most unusual growing seasons in recent memory.

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1996 Piedmont: The Proof is in the Pudding

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Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

Nineteen ninety-six occupies a special place in the hearts of Piedmont lovers. The 1996 Barolos and Barbarescos have always been thrilling. But the wines have also been very slow to develop. How are they showing at 20 years of age?

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2013 Barolo: The Late Releases

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Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

The 2013 Barolos continue to impress for their grace and finesse. The late-ripening season produced translucent, perfumed Barolos that capture the essence of site, in my mind the single greatest attribute that separates the great vintages from merely excellent or good years. This article covers wines that were bottled just this past summer and/or that I tasted previously as barrel samples.

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1978 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Speciale Villero

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Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

A few months ago, a friend and I showed up to a birthday party with the same wine, Bruno Giacosa’s 1978 Barolo Riserva Speciale Villero. We opened my bottle that afternoon (my note is on Delectable). As luck would have it, we opened his bottle on this night!


Piedmont's Finest Eating Destinations: 2017 Edition

featured, Vinous Table, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

One of the biggest challenges readers visiting Piedmont face is deciding where to eat. It's a good problem to have. I can’t think of any wine region – or indeed anywhere in the world – that has such a concentration of phenomenal dining destinations all within a 30-40 minute drive at most from Barolo or Barbaresco. As if that were not enough, Mother Nature has blessed Piedmont with extraordinary raw materials and spectacular wines that are absolutely breathtaking together.

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La Festa del Barolo 2017

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Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

Held this past February, La Festa del Barolo brought together producers, sommeliers and wine lovers from around the world for a memorable weekend of wine, food and conversation. Guests shared an unreal number of rare and collectible bottles at the Gala Dinner, while the 2012 Barolo Masterclass provided a great opportunity for attendees to taste new releases while hearing directly from the growers in an intimate and highly interactive setting.

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Cellar Favorite: 1989 Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio Barolo Monprivato

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Antonio Galloni, Sep 2017

When I asked a dear friend what I could bring to his birthday party, the answer was simple: 1989 Barolo. I was more than happy to oblige, as 1989 is one of the all-time great Piedmont vintages.

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Cellar Favorite: 1986 Marchesi di Grésy Barbaresco Gaiun

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Antonio Galloni, Aug 2017

What a pleasure it is to taste Marchesi di Grésy’s 1986 Barbaresco Gaiun, the cold, late-ripening vintage yielded a slender, taut Gaiun that has aged impeccably.

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Cellar Favorite: Three Gems from Giacomo Conterno

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Antonio Galloni, Aug 2017

What a pleasure it is to revisit these three super-classic Barolos from Conterno. As profound as the Conterno wines are today, there is something special about the wines from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, when Giovanni Conterno was at the height of his powers.