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2006 Barolos - Results, Feb. '16

February 23, 2016

The Nebbiolo grape is to Barolo what the Pinot Noir grape is to Burgundy.  Both grapes have made their wine-producing regions famous, for good reason since they both produce high quality, long-lasting wines. What about 2006 as a vintage? They can be described as wines of good depth, sturdy structure and fine elegance, already more open than the ’05s (which were rough-edged at this stage of their life) and which display appealing, snappy tannins and a nervy acidity. Our wines were 10 years old when we opened them on February 23rd, 2016. 

 

 

HOW THE WINES WERE RANKED

 

 

 

 

THE WINES

 

2006 Luigi Baudana Barolo    $85
Baudana comes from a historical vineyard called the “forgotten cru”.  “Powerful and incisive in its dark fruit, tar, smoke and iron. The Baudana shows more depth and roundness than the straight bottling, but there isn’t as much of a difference between the wines as there was in 2005. “This is another set of delicious wines from Baudana, which seems to have found a new gear under the ownership of the Vajra family. These 2006 Baroli are very strong, even if the qualitative jump over previous vintages is not quite so striking as it was last year. Still, it will be fascinating to see the direction these wines take with the newer vintages that Vajras have shepherded from start to finish as opposed to these wines, which they found essentially already made when they bought the winery last year.” www.erobertparker.com  Drink: 2014 - 2024. Wine Advocate #192, Dec. 2010. Antonio Galloni. 92/100. Wine spectator – 94/100

 

2006 Giovanni Manzone Barolo Bricat  $55
The 2006 Barolo Bricat shows a touch more richness and depth than the Gramolere. Dark cherries, plums and herbs come together nicely on a mid-weight frame laced with considerable aromatic nuance, textural elegance and complexity. The Bricat is a highly appealing wine from Manzone. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026. Wine Advocate #193, Feb 2011. Antonio Galloni. Drink: 2016 - 2026. 94/100 www.erobertparker.com 

 

2006 Marcarini, Barolo Brunate            $45
The 2006 Barolo Brunate blossoms on the palate with layers of dark fruit, menthol, spices and minerals, all of which come together with a classic, ethereal weight that is quite appealing. The tannins are formidable, but there is more than enough richness and depth in the fruit to provide balance. The finish is surprisingly round and harmonious at this stage but I expect the wine to close down on itself over the coming months. Marcarini’s 2006 Barolo Brunate is simply terrific. Proprietor Manuel Marchetti says that his plot in Brunate sees wider temperature fluctuations than his vineyard in La Serra, which in large part accounts for the differences between his two Barolos. www.erobertparker.com   Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026. Wine Advocate #187, Feb 2010. Antonio Galloni. 93/100

 

 

2006 Paolo Conterno, Barolo Ginestra  $65
Wine Spectator: Rated as Classic: a great wine. "Though intense, this is elegant and vibrant, exhibiting pure cherry, raspberry and tobacco aromas and flavors. Its tannins are very well-integrated. The lingering aftertaste evokes coffee and mineral. Best from 2013 through 2032. 300 cases imported." Mar 2011.  “The 2006 Barolo Ginestra shows wonderful thrust in a bright, vibrant expression of this site. Flowers, menthol, red fruits and spices sit on a wiry, energetic frame as this beautifully balanced Barolo opens up in the glass. The 2006 Ginestra seems to be holding quite a bit of its potential in check, but it is already highly appealing, even if the tannins naturally require a few years in bottle to soften. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026. www.erobertparker.com  Wine Advocate #192, Dec 2010. Antonio Galloni. 93/100

 

2006 Icardi, Barolo Parej        $49
“. . .a stunning example of Barolo. Lots of depth here. In its youth it's still showing vibrant dark fruit but the structure and complexity is definitly there, presenting the nose with hints of tar and spice. Tannins are firm but balanced, with a delightful finish. Tons of depth in this Barolo and my only regret is that I didn't wait another 5+ years before enjoying! Michael Egerton, WineAlign.  “Aged in new French barriques for 36 months. Colour: ruby red. Bouquet: rich and spicy. Flavour: Hints of ripe cherry.” http://www.icardipierino.it/

 

2006 Cantine Giacomo Ascheri Barolo Pisapola    $44
Founded in 1880 and still family owned, "Cantine Giacomo Asheri" lies at the heart of the city of Bra in the province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont.  “This is a wonderfully balanced, elegant and lithe Barolo from Matteo Ascheri, with all of the firmness and finesse characteristic of the more refined side of the appellation. Acidity is lively and juicy while tannins are light but firm. The range of flavours is haunting and lingers on nicely. A textbook model and brilliant value, drinking now but should hold nicely over a half-dozen years or so. Tasted October 2011. “John Szabo, MS, www.winealign.com

 

2006 Josetta Saffirio, Barolo Persiera   $75
The 2006 Barolo Persiera flows with the essence of wild black cherries, herbs, violets and minerals in a taut, linear style bursting with personality. This is an exceptionally beautiful wine, but one that will require considerable patience. Today the tannins are rather imposing, but in a few years they should soften, allowing the fruit to emerge more fully. Anticipated maturity: 2016 -2026.  www.erobertparker.com  Wine Advocate #192, Dec 2010. Antonio Galloni. 92+/100

 

 

2006 Azelia, Barolo San Rocco  $85
Proprietor Luigi Scavino doesn’t get anywhere near the attention he deserves, but make no mistake about it, his top Barolos play in the same league with Piedmont’s elite bottlings. The Barolos see malolactic fermentation and aging in French oak barriques, although the Margheria is aged in medium-size French oak barrels. The 2006 Barolo San Rocco is sensual and enveloping. It’s hard to know where to start with the San Rocco, as fruit, acidity and structure are all beautifully integrated and refined. Still incredibly young, the wine will require a bit of patience, but the purity of the fruit is impossible to miss even at this early stage. The finish alone is eternal. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.  www.erobertparker.com  Wine Advocate #187, Feb. 2010. Antonio Galloni.  95/100

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