Barolo 2009: panel tasting results

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It was a warm year, but Barolo producers came up trumps in 2009, crafting wines that bowled our judges over with their drinkability, refinement and sheer deliciousness. See the top rated Barolo 2009s here...
Barolo 2009, Pecchenino Le Coste Monforte d'Alba
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Pecchenino, Le Coste, Monforte d’Alba
Decanter average score:
18.75pts/20 (95+/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Paolo Basso 19 Ian D’Agata 18.5 Michael Garner 19

Orlando and Attilio Pecchenino are perhaps best known for outstanding Dolcetto di Dogliani (the Siri d’Jermu immediately comes to mind), but the rich Le Coste Barolo is also a standout. I have always found its bright red fruit and minty nuances irresistible, and in 2009 it also expresses considerable power. It’s a very traditionally made Barolo: the maceration can last up to 30 days with temperatures of 28°C, and it’s aged for 36 months in 25-hectolitre oak barrels. The San Giuseppe Barolo is usually lighter-styled and more graceful. This is certainly a very high-quality, innovative estate.
Paolo Basso Blackcurrant, liquorice, aromatic herbs, cloves. Well-structured, with a savoury and deep character, well-integrated tannins and a long, expressive finish.
Ian D’Agata Pungently floral and vibrant, sour red cherry on the nose, then pure, long, silky tannins, offering a flinty minerality. A really lovely Barolo.
Michael Garner Fully developed nose of plums with capers and black pepper seasoning. Round and fleshy with liquorice-toned fruit flavours and spicy notes to the finish. Very good length and carefully managed tannins.
Price N/A UK
Drink 2015–2028
Alc 14%

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