Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top 2001 Barolo tasted 10/13

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo Barolo Cannubi Boschis (2001)
Comments: High toned and fragrant with aromas of rose petals, orange peel, and soft red fruits all framed with gently nutty wood and bright balsamic notes. This is finely textured, focused and tight in the mouth with lovely fruit, a touch astringent and dark but showing fine depth and the palate and slow to emerge savory complexity. This is already quite good but it promises to get better over the next ten years or so. 92pts
Previously available for $395.00
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2 Vietti Nebbiolo Barolo Brunate (2001)
Comments: A bit sweet and meaty on the nose with plenty of nutty, espresso toned oak but this is also rather large scaled and complex with dark cherry fruit, menthol and floral accents. Smooth and chewy in the mouth this is big and deep with lots of earthy black cherry fruit that shows a lovely brightness and tension in the mouth with a long earthy finish that does show just a hint of bitterness. This should just get better. 92pts
Average price: $125.59 from 2 stores
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3 Roberto Voerzio Brunate Barolo (2001)
Comments: This is savory and complex on the nose with layers of leather, celery seed, and umami rich dried ham aromas but not much fruit. Smooth and powerful in the mouth, this is a shiny wine but at the same time it’s packed with nicely earth framed dark wild berry fruit in a muscular style. It’s a bit short and turns a bit oaky on the backend but it’s drinking awfully well tonight. 90pts
Average price: $290.73 from 2 stores
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4 Ascheri Barolo Sorano Coste & Bricco (2001)
Comments: Jammy on the nose in an oddly meaty and spicy way and while there’s not a lot of fruit here, there are lovely licorice root note along with hints of mint and orange peel Smooth, polished and crisp in the mouth with and fine black fruit that shows some earthy spice on the back end. This shows great balance in a restrained yet brooding way. Attractive middle of the road style. 90pts
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5 Cavalotto Barolo Riserva San Giuseppe (2001)
Comments: Tight on the nose and yet with some complexity offering up red cherry notes accented with subtle citron peel, graham cracker, and peppery spice notes. Soft, almost creamy and yet focused in the mouth with lovely raspberry fruit that’s tight and focused and framed with hints of raspberry and dried herbs. This really is nicely balanced with lots of fruit tannin on the backside, good length, and a nice snap on the palate. 90pts
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6 Fratelli Oddero Barolo Mondoca di Bussia Soprana (2001)
Comments: Very pretty and inviting on the nose with precise violet, spice, juniper, thyme, mint, and olive aromas that are complex and deep. Smooth and focused, this is a subtle wine, tight and very mineral, with limestone adding a tough edginess to the small red berry fruit but the tannins are very ripe and polished. This shows fine length. On the cusp of early maturity. 89pts
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7 Gb Burlotto Burlotto Gb-Barolo Cannubi (2001)
Comments: Gorgeous jammy fruit on the nose, a bit wild strawberry with high toned floral notes, roses and limestone. Sweet, tart and mineral in the mouth this is bright and focused with rose petal inner mouth perfumes earthy and raspberry on the palate, leading to a long, slightly mineral and gently bitter strawberry finish. This is in early maturity and will definitely be getting better over the coming decade. 90pts
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8 Cappellano Rupestris Barolo (2001)
Comments: At first this is all about leather and ass on the nose, possible eass in leather on a hot day. Air brings out some minty notes and earthy beetroot and radish aromas along with a flash of minerality. Rich and chewy in the mouth with with lots of black cherry and black raspberry fruit. There really is lovely fruit here, a bit herbal, herb stemmy, and tree barky, but also long and layered through the mineral and slightly bitter finish. So it stinks a bit? Give this time.
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9 Clerico Domenico Ciabot Mentin Ginestra (2001)
Comments: This offers up complex aromas that are marked by a floral cast over nuanced, earth, licorice, anise seed, mineral and grilled beefy aromas. A touch soft in the mouth and dark and chewy. This is pretty extracted, and full of earthy spicy dark fruit. The wood spice is obvious but well balanced by the fruit but the wood tannins become harsh on the finish which is pretty tight and short. Not exactly what I’m looking for but this seems to be well made if very powerful. 88pts
Previously available for $206.00
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10 Marcarini Nebbiolo Barolo Brunate (2001)
Comments: Dark carob, jellied black fruit,and dusty minerality greets the nose. Round and just a little sweet in the mouth this offers up attractive fruit that has a little figgy edge to it along with a nice mineral note working as a contrasting note. Pretty packed with tannin and showing a touch of heat on the finish. Interesting if not as well balanced as some, this could improve. 88pts
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