Top-Rated Barolos

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The Piedmont region in Italy produces some of the world's best wines, perhaps none as fine as the beloved red wines from Barolo. Primarily made from the iconic Nebbiolo grape, the region's unique soil and climate produces expressions of this grape which can't be replicated. Here are some top-rated examples of great Barolo wines.

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Elio Altare Barolo Cannubi

2016 / 750 ml.

Item #: 52575

RP97+97+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Jul 2020
Fruit for this wine comes from a leased vineyard site in Cannubi (in the comune of Barolo), and the first year of production was 2011. This is a passion project very much spearheaded by Elio’s rambunctious and curly-haired daughter Silvia Altare. The 2016 Barolo Cannubi represents a beautiful departure in the family portfolio. Within this collection of new releases, the Cannubi best articulates the purity of the Nebbiolo grape. Like the other Baroli, it is aged in oak for two years (with 20% new barrique). There is greater varietal purity here with etched and linear fruit tones followed by ethereal smoke, tar and white licorice. I love the mouthfeel too, with that sudden point of cherry sweetness that is followed by elegant texture and acidity. This is a gorgeous release of just 1,500 bottles.
VN9696 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2020
The 2016 Barolo Cannubi is a powerful, structured wine that is going to need time to come into its own. Cannubi Barolos are often seductive when young, but Altare’s 2016 has quite a bit of tannin that needs time to soften. Even so, all the elements are wonderfully balanced. Kirsch, sweet tobacco, menthol, licorice and dried flowers infuse the 2016 with striking layers of nuance.
SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Feb 28, 2021
There's a pure core of cherry and strawberry in this red, graced by notes of licorice, spice and tar. Balanced and harmonious, with lively acidity driving the long aftertaste. The tannins are suave and mesh well already at this young stage. Best from 2023 through 2042. 125 cases made, 50 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
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Cogno Barolo Cascina Nuova

2016 / 750 ml.

Item #: 53295

VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2020
Cogno’s 2016 Barolo Cascina Nuova is absolutely gorgeous. Pliant and expressive on the palate, the 2016 has a touch more mid-palate sweetness and texture than in the past, when the wine has been more nervous in feel. Sweet red cherry, blood orange, mint, wild flowers, cedar, sweet tobacco and anise all open up effortlessly. Silky tannins add to its considerable immediacy and appeal. This is such a pretty wine in its peer group and also a terrific example of how attractive more modestly priced Barolos are in 2016.
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Aldo e Riccardo Seghesio Barolo La Villa

2016 / 750 ml.

Item #: 53626

VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2020
The 2016 Barolo La Villa is a beguiling wine that needs a bit of time in bottle to fully open up. Then again, it is a young Barolo, so that is very much to be expected. Dried herbs, mint, licorice, dark cherry, underbrush and a whole range of spiced/balsamic notes fill out the layers. Next to the straight Barolo, La Villa has more body, depth and texture. It is another fine effort from Seghesio.
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Bovio Barolo Arborina

2016 / 750 ml.

Item #: 52768

RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Jul 2020
The panoramic views from Arborina extend over most of the Barolo appellation with rolling hills and snowcapped Alps. The vines enjoy a sun-drenched position for most of the day. The Bovio 2016 Barolo Arborina draws its fruit from 45-year-old vines and shows extra intensity and definition that comes in part thanks to the advanced age of the plants. However, the wine also magically reflects the elegance of the site with delicate berry nuances followed by licorice, aniseed and crushed stone. Give this release of 3,300-bottles (at least) another five years of cellar aging. (Monica Larner)
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Coppo Barolo

2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 58191

JS9191 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, October 2, 2022
Some fresh berry fruit and a tighter, oaky note here. Medium-bodied, rather fluid palate with some firmness that’s due more to oak than fruit tannin. A bit more mid-palate depth of fruit may emerge with time. Try from 2026.
VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2022
Coppo’s 2018 Barolo is a soft, open-knit wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. Dried cherry, worn0in leather, tobacco and spice all show notes of advancement that suggest the 2018 is on a fast track of aging. Even so, all the elements are nicely balanced in this easygoing offering. (Antonio Galloni)
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G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe

2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 46413

WE9494 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 9/1/2022
Lovely Nebbiolo aromas of rose, violet, red berry and botanical herb shape the fragrant nose. Smooth and savory, the elegant palate features juicy red cherry, crushed raspberry and cake spice alongside polished tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it balanced. It’s already drinking beautifully but also promises years of pleasure. Enjoy through 2030. (Kerin O’Keefe)
RP93+93+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 11th Aug 2022
This wine consistently delivers one of the greatest values to be found in Italian wine. The G.D. Vajra 2018 Barolo Albe has all its cards in play as an immediately enjoyable and extremely food-friendly Nebbiolo. This really is the top of the category in that sense. With straightforward winemaking (fermentation is in steel and aging in large Slavonian oak casks), the wine offers bold cherry, wild plum and plenty of fragrant blue flower and violet. This vintage has the added benefit of softly textured richness. (Monica Larner)
SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2022
A taut, sinewy red, this keeps cherry, strawberry, floral and underbrush flavors under a wrap of tannins for now. Overall, the components are well-proportioned, and this ends with complexity, harmony and length. Best from 2024 through 2036. 3,417 cases made. (Bruce Sanderson)
JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, October 2, 2022
Aromas of ripe raspberries and dark spice follow through to a medium-to full-bodied palate, with some fine, fruit and spice-coated tannin and a medium finish that firms up at the end. Sustainable. Give this a year or two. Best from 2024.
WS9090 pts. - Wine & Spirits - 12/22
This is the estate’s entry-level Barolo, but, according to Giuseppe Vaira, the family never views it as a leftover wine. They harvest nebbiolo from younger vines in the same three high-elevation vineyards each year, although those vines now average 30 years of age. The wine shows classic notes of tar and licorice, with smooth tannins and ripe dark-fruit flavors that make it approachable in its youth.
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Trediberri Barolo Berri

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 59556

JD93+93–96 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 5/4/2023
The 2019 Barolo Berri was tasted from two barrels, one of which utilized whole bunches in the fermentation. While both offered freshness and purity, the second barrel offered more significant spice in its profile, with more depth of fruit, and is firmly structured at this stage. The components are compelling and should make for a wonderful finished blend in a few years’ time. (Audrey Frick)
VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2023
The 2019 Barolo Berri is tightly wound and austere in the early going. Crushed red berry fruit, iron, dried herbs and white pepper give the Berri a striking aromatic top register. The tannins are a bit nervy, though, so a few years in bottle are warranted. Frost decimated the crop at Torriglione, which is why this wine (typically the Barolo del Comune di La Morra) is Berri in 2019. To be exact, there is 4% Torriglione, as that was the wine used for topping. (Antonio Galloni)
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Dec 31, 2023
Spicy, this red evokes strawberry, cherry, medicinal herbs and mineral flavors. Bears the austere profile of the vintage, yet is balanced and persists on the long finish. Best from 2026 through 2043. 2,900 cases made. (Bruce Sanderson)
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RP9696 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 11th Aug 2022
One of the icon wines of Piedmont, the 2018 Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra offers dazzling complexity with a fine filigree of aromas that starts with black and purple fruit and continues to rusty nail, candied orange peel and licorice. It culminates with pretty aromatic lift that comes in the form of dried mint and toasted aniseed. (Monica Larner)
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Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Chiniera

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 59407

VN9696 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2023
The 2019 Barolo Gavarini Chiniera is classically austere and just gorgeous right out of the gate. Soaring aromatics and fine, sculpted fruit race out of the glass. Crushed rose petal, cinnamon, orange peel and mint are all beautifully delineated. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2019 is going to need years to be at its best, yet it has that embryonic inner sweetness that characterizes the very finest wines here. Superb. (Antonio Galloni)
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