Barolo 2009: panel tasting results
Brezza, Sarmassa, Barolo
Decanter average score: 18.75pts/20 (95+/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Paolo Basso 18.5 Ian D’Agata 19 Michael Garner 18.5
The Brezza family owns a guest house in the heart of the town of Barolo, which offers the traditional Piedmontese home cooking and excellent wines. And though visitors shouldn’t miss out on the Santa Rosalia Freisa (especially), the Dolcettos or Barberas, it’s Barolo that rules here. Owner Enzo Brezza’s best wine is usually the Sarmassa (though the Bricco Sarmassa is the most famous bottling, made from the highest portion of the cru). Along with Cannubi, Sarmassa is the most famous cru completely within the Barolo township boundaries. Traditionally made, this wine faithfully delivers the richer, bigger style typical of the cru.
Paolo Basso Open aromas of redcurrant, white pepper and balsamic. Well-balanced body showing a sumptuous, rich structure, and intense tannins.
Ian D’Agata Fresh, redcurrant fruit. Delightful, smooth, clean delivery of small red berries and floral touches, but with sneaky concentration and impeccable balance. Marvellous wine.
Michael Garner Pretty and perfumed, this is wonderfully scented. Roses and redcurrants with an underlying richness, this shows a fine structure and could develop as well.
Price £27.20–£45 Fine & Rare, Planet of the Grapes