“Only made in the best vintages, the 2013 Valtellina Superiore Sassella Riserva is a beautifully elegant expression of Chiavennasca (or Nebbiolo) that shines bright from deep inside. The wine glides over the palate with a silky, glossy approach. It reveals delicate aromas of white cherry, dried cranberry and wild rose. The tannins and the acidity are both seamlessly integrated within the wine's mid-weight texture.”
“Just bottled, the 2016 Barbaresco Rabajà is massively backward. Dark and imposing, the 2016 is an especially brooding wine. Black cherry , sage, lavender, menthol and dark spice fill out the wine's vertical frame effortlessly. Readers will have to be patient here, as the 2016 is not likely to be ready to drink anytime soon. Pier Carlo Cortese gave the 2016 22 months in cask, and has a Riserva in the cellar as well. This is a superb wine in the making.”
“Medium red. Highly nuanced nose combines red berries, mocha, underbrush, brown spices and white truffle. Suave, fine-grained and seamless if youthfully tight; a lovely juicy midweight that's more about perfume than weight today. The very long, subtly rising finish shows a whiplash of fruits and flowers. I picked up an exhilarating suggestion of blood orange. Classy wine for the cellar.”
“The 2006 Barbaresco Riserva Rabajà is deceptively medium in body. Dark, powerful and inward, the 2006 needs time in the glass to start gradually uncoiling from its presently shut down state. The finish is all silk, power and minerality, qualities that reflect its classical leanings to the maximum. Hints of dark cherries, wild flowers and exotic spices linger in the empty glass.”
Medium bright red. Rather brooding aromas of medicinal red cherry. Layered, fleshy, deep and sweet but youthfully backward, even a bit reduced, with an almost liqueur-like quality to its flavors of red fruits and candied rose. A lush and silky wine that finishes chewy and long, with powerful ripe tannins. For all its size and power, this shows the elegance of a Barbaresco from sandy soil.
Good full red. Captivating fruit aromas of cherry and raspberry are given class and lift by firm minerality. Compellingly sweet, rich and fat, showcasing the silky texture of the year. But this wine also has deep medicinal reserves and plenty of definition for all its sweetness. Finishes with substantial broad, dusty tannins.
Reticent aromas of currant, cherry, red rose and tobacco. Richer, bigger and sweeter[...] Aeration reveals a wine with superb stuffing and depth, and more of all the key components, including sheer material to buffer its tannins. Finishes sweet and long, with wonderfully suave tannins and lingering perfume.
The 2005 Barolo Bussia is a gorgeous, ripe wine layered with scents of menthol, spices and minerals that complement a generous core of fruit. The French oak is beautifully integrated and the wine possesses exceptional overall balance, with a round, harmonious finish. This is a highly promising Barolo from Prunotto.
Good full red. Captivating aromas of red berries, flowers, minerals, menthol and white truffle; seems quite cool for the year. The wine's penetrating, sappy, sharply delineated red fruit flavors offer uncanny sweetness but retain great freshness and verve. Finishes extremely long, with powerful structure and grip. Very classy Barbaresco...
Good full red. Wonderfully scented nose of red berry syrup, rose petal and minerals. Dense, lush and seamless, but with racy, fresh fruit and compelling inner-mouth perfume. Solidly structured, layered and very deep, with a palate-staining, perfumed aftertaste. A great Barolo in the making.