Ian D'Agata's give his verdict, tasting notes and drinking windows on top Barolos and Barbarescos wines.

Discussions of wine style in Piedmont traditionally focused on ‘traditional’ or ‘modern’ approaches. Now attention has shifted to single-vineyard expressions, and wines which speak clearly of their origin. See Ian D’Agata’s top Barolos and Barbarescos here…

 

barolo and barbaresco, Aldo Conterno RomirascoAldo Conterno, Romirasco, Barolo 2006

One of the most famous Barolo crus from the lightest soil. Classically structured but atypically lighter-styled. Red berries, violets, roses and lots of silk.

OUTSTANDING
Rating: 95 Points
Price:
£153.99 Bennetts, Bordeaux Index, Carruthers & Kent, Fortnum & Mason, Swig
Drink:
2018–2045
Alc:
14.5%

 

 

 

 

barolo and barbaresco, Ceretto Bricco Rocche

Ceretto, Bricco Rocche, Barolo 2006

Arguably, Castiglione Falletto is home to the most balanced Barolos of all. Archetypal, suave and smooth. Richly flavoured red cherry and minerals, tobacco and spices.

OUTSTANDING
Rating: 95 Points
Price: £62 Ehrmanns, Fine & Rare
Drink: 2018–2025
Alc: 14%

 

 

 

 

 

Bruno Giacosa 2005Bruno Giacosa, Asili, Barbaresco 2005
Italy’s best winemaker? Barbaresco’s best vineyard? A magical wine. A smorgasbord of sour red cherries, roses, minerals and tar.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 94 Points
Price: £98.28 Ancient & Modern, Armit, Fine & Rare, Justerini & Brooks
Drink: 2015–2035
Alc: 14.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

barolo and barbaresco, Mario Marengo BrunateMario Marengo, Brunate, Barolo 2006

Brunate makes the most intensely perfumed and balanced Barolo of all. Plenty of floral finesse and energy.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 94 Points
Price: £34.78 Fine & Rare, Justerini & Brooks
Drink: 2015–2025
Alc: 14%

 

 

 

 

 

 

barolo and barbaresco, Paolo Scavino MonviglieroPaolo Scavino, Monvigliero, Barolo 2008

Verduno gives tough-as-nails Barolo; Monvigliero is the one true grand cru. Stylish and pure, almost opulent. Great length.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 94 Points
Price: £44.28 Bordeaux Index, Justerini & Brooks
Drink: 2015–2040
Alc: 14.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

barolo and barbaresco, Cogno RaveraCogno, Ravera, Barolo 2008

Novello didn’t exist before Cogno arrived; today, it’s a hubbub of activity. Ravera is the best site. Typically juicy, full-bodied. Robust.
HIGLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 93 Points
Price: £31 Fine & Rare
Drink: 2015–2040
Alc: 14%

 

 

 

 

 

 

barolo and barbaresco, Pio Cesare Il BriccoPio Cesare, Il Bricco, Barbaresco 2006

Cool-climate Barbaresco, from the crooked crags at 500m. Pure red berries and mineral brightness on a never-ending finish.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 93 Points
Price: £43–£56 Exel, Fine & Rare, Jeroboams
Drink: 2015–2035
Alc: 14%

 

 

 

 

 

 

barolo and barbaresco, Renato Ratti RoccheRenato Ratti, Rocche, Barolo 2005

Rocche dell’Annunziata is one of the top five Barolo vineyards. Amazing balance and grace. Intense and lively finish.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 93 Points
Price: £29 En Primeur
Drink: 2015–2035
Alc: 14%

 

 

 

 

 

 

barolo and barbaresco, Oddero Vigna RiondaOddero, Vignarionda, Barolo 2006

Along with Brunate, the best Barolo vineyard of all. Traditionally made, with tough tannins: remarkable depth of spicy red berries and roses. Precise and mineral; this will age longer, and better, than you or I.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 92 Points
Price: POA Pipai
Drink: 2018–2050
Alc: 14.5%

 

 

 

 

 

Chiarlo Cerequio 2006Chiarlo, Cerequio, Barolo 2006

Almost atypical La Morra: much bigger and creamier than the usually lighter-styled wines from this hamlet. Rich and fleshy, and made from vines growing close by Michele Chiarlo’s new luxury resort that overlooks this famous cru.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 91 Points
Price: £40–£42 Corking Wines, Slurp, Swig
Drink: 2015–2028
Alc: 14%

 

 

 

 

 

barolo and barbaresco, Damilano CannubiDamilano, Cannubi, Barolo 2008

Sitting where the Tortonian and Serravalian soils meet, these wines potentially offer the best of both worlds. Lacks stuffing, but pure and fresh: a more floral and fragrant Barolo.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 91 Points
Price: £30 Bordeaux Index
Drink: 2015–2030
Alc: 14%

 

 

 

 

 

barolo and barbaresco, Giorgio Scarzello Vigna MerendaGiorgio Scarzello, Vigna Merenda, Barolo 2004

Vigna Merenda is part of Sarmassa, along with Cannubi the only other true grand cru in the Barolo commune. Sarmassa gives bigger, meatier wines, with hints of earth and tar. Weighty and concentrated but with acidity to balance the richness.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 91 Points
Price: £41 Weaver’s of Nottingham
Drink: 2013–2020
Alc: 13.5%

 

 

 

 

 

barolo and barbaresco, Proditorri di Barbaresco RabajaProduttori di Barbaresco, Rabajà, Barbaresco 2007

Along with Asili and Santo Stefano, Rabajà is Barbaresco’s best vineyard. Bigger, fleshier but less mineral wines than the more aristocratic Asili. Has energy, spice and lift.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 91 Points
Price: £32–£36.75 Astrum Wine Cellars, Caviste, Fine & Rare, Four Walls Wine Co
Drink: 2015–2030
Alc: 14%

 

 

 

 

 

barolo and barbaresco, Vietti MasseriaVietti, Masseria, Barbaresco 2007

Vietti makes paradigms of Barolo, but standout Barbaresco too. Typical Neive style: good attack, invigorating and chewy. A richer, earthier style than Treiso’s lithe beauties or the marvels of balance made around the town of Barbaresco.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Rating: 91 Points
Price: £51.18 Bibendum, Fine & Rare, Justerini & Brooks
Drink: 2015–2030
Alc: 14%