Nebbiolo gets it name from the Italian word nebbia (“fog”), and Nebbiolo grapes make some of the finest wines of Italy, including Barolo wines. The success of Nebbiolo is extremely site-specific. Within the communes of Barbaresco and Barolo, grapes produce wines of amazing complexity and mind-boggling longevity. The best sites, or crus, are similar to those of Burgundy, and are referred to as sori (vineyards with good southern exposure) and bric or bricco (highest part of the vineyard). Nebbiolo wines are standard fare in any serious collector’s cellar, and will age upwards of thirty years.
While attempts to emulate its greatness have been tried in Argentina, Australia, California and other wine regions, it is only in Italy that this red grape fully shows its formidable character. Sometimes described as an “iron fist in a velvet glove,” Nebbiolo is as elegant as any Pinot Noir from Burgundy, and as structured as a Cabernet from Bordeaux. The aromas of a mature Barolo can be sublime with rose petals, black truffles and leather. The fruit is concentrated and zesty, with fresh red berries and black cherries bursting through its medium-full body.
VN8888 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2022 The 2019 Langhe Nebbiolo is a rich, explosive wine at this level. A rush of sweet red kirsch, mint and cinnamon give the 2019 an exuberant, captivating feel. Aromatic, rich and generous, the Langhe Nebbiolo delivers the goods. Readers should expect an extroverted style. The 2019 was aged in cement and neutral cask. (Antonio Galloni)
JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, August 4, 2020 A very fine-tannined red with creamy, polished tannins that run the length of the wine. It’s medium-bodied with pretty length and finesse. Drink or hold.RP8989 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Jul 2020 The Sordo 2016 Barolo is a well-priced and readily available wine. It is elegantly downplayed and subtle, offering typical Nebbiolo aromas of wild cherry, rose, licorice, cola and aniseed. It spreads over the palate with a fine and delicate texture, and you don’t feel its power until those youthful tannins kick in. Those tannins are a bit too aggressive now, so give it time. Winemaking involves extended maceration with submerged cap and concludes with 24 months in traditional Slavonian oak casks. An ample 150,000 bottles were made.
JS8989 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, November 7, 2022 Grapefruit, cranberries, clove and iron to the nose following through to a medium-bodied palate with some plump red berries and a steely finish. Simple, tight and juicy. Drink now. (James Suckling)
RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Jun 2022 This pretty bottle boasts a new label design with simple graphics and a slightly retro personality. Due to the difficult growing season, no single-vineyard wines were made in 2018. Instead, fruit was bended here. The Ascheri 2018 Barolo is a classic interpretation of Nebbiolo (representing an assembly of fruit from La Morra, Verduno and Serralunga d’Alba) with an immediately compelling bouquet that reveals a good amount of complexity and some unexpected notes of dried flower and orange peel at the back of wild cherry and redcurrant. This vintage opens quickly (uncork it a few hours before without decanting) and has the upfront consistency and balance to enjoy in the medium term. The finish is also slightly shorter and leaner in this edition. Production is an ample 42,500 bottles. (Monica Larner)WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 9/1/2022 The shy nose offers whiffs of violet, damp underbrush, leather and camphor. The palate has an earthy, almost rustic charm, offering truffle, black olive, botanical herb and Morello cherry before finishing on notes recalling salted game. Tight, dusty tannins leave a drying finish. (Kerin O’Keefe)
RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Jul 2020 The Francesco Rinaldi & Figli 2016 Barolo shows sweet and ripe fruit with distant aromas of wild strawberry, forest berry and a hint of dried prune. The standard blending formula for this classic Barolo sees fruit from six vineyard parcels, including some from the celebrated Cannubi cru that is most strongly identified with this estate. This vintage awards some added softness and fruitiness that goes a long way to create a long and silky mouthfeel.VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2020 The 2016 Barolo is a terrific choice for readers looking for a wine that can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring. Bright, floral and nicely lifted, the 2016 is decidedly airy in build. There is lovely vivacity to the flavors, but my overall impression is of a relatively light Barolo that is best suited to near and medium-term drinking.
RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 17th Jun 2021 From vintner Marco Parusso, the 2019 Langhe Nebbiolo shows abundant fruit and power, with dark tea, dried currant, cherry confit, spice, leather, tar and resin. The wine is robust and textured, owing to the stemmy tannins and acidity that ultimately shape this rigid and contoured mouthfeel. It’s a good-value release of some 40,000 bottles that punches well above its weight, standing up even to a foie gras and caramelized onions or the fattiest rib eye steak. (Monica Larner)
WE9696 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 7/1/2021 Enticing aromas suggesting new leather, violet, raspberry tart and forest floor are front and center. It’s young and primary but also full-bodied and delicious, featuring ripe Marasca cherry, licorice, truffle and the barest hint of game before finishing on a hint of graphite. Assertive, fine-grained tannins provide support and need a few more years to integrate. This shows real aging potential, especially for the hot vintage. Drink 2025–2037. (Kerin O’Keefe)JS9696 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, July 2, 2021 Sweet strawberry with tar and bark on the nose. Full-bodied with a solid core of fruit and chewy, dusty tannins. Classic styled. Needs at least five years of bottle age. Try after 2026.
JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, July 5, 2021 A rather soft and rich young Barolo with strawberry and floral character and hints of watermelon. It’s full-bodied and layered. Rich finish. So attractive now, but will age nicely. Try after 2023.VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2022 The 2017 Barolo San Giuseppe is a deep, powerful wine endowed with quite a bit of presence. Hints of sage, mint, sweet pipe tobacco and dried rose petal lend striking inner perfume. This deceptively mid-weight Barolo packs plenty of punch. I would give it a few years to soften. (Antonio Galloni)SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Dec 15, 2021 Balsamic aromas and flavors of menthol, mint, hay and tobacco wrap around the cherry core in this firm, linear red, which is ripe and focused, lingering with a mouthwatering finish. Best from 2025 through 2043. 800 cases made, 300 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 17th Jun 2021 The 2017 Barolo San Giuseppe is a blend of fruit from Le Coste di Monforte, Bussia and Ravera in Monforte (in Monforte d’Alba). These results are a little timid at first, taking time to reveal wild cherry, dried blackberry, cola and balsam herb. Pine and rosemary tones are evident in this mid-weight, near-term Barolo.
del comune di La Morra 2016 / 750 ml. | Item#52448
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Apr 30, 2021 Aromatic, offering floral, licorice, tar and spice notes surrounding a core of cherry. The fruit is more prominent on the palate, where accents of mint and leather also peek through. On the elegant side, with fine balance and length. Best from 2023 through 2042. 1,000 cases made, 500 cases imported.JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Plums, hazelnuts and dried flowers follow through to a medium to full body, round and creamy tannins and a flavorful finish. Really pretty and balanced. Needs time to soften, but already a beauty. Drink after 2022.WS9393 pts. - Wine & Spirits - December 1, 2020 The Ellena family has always produced this wine with fruit from La Morra, and they renamed it as a comune wine in 2011 after the MGA rules were instated. The fruit comes from 25- to 40-year-old vines in the Ascheri cru, and it’s a tremendous value in the 2016 vintage. Deliciously appealing in its youth, with flavors of tart cherry, licorice and orange peel balanced by darker tones of tar and tobacco, it has the freshness to age well.RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Jul 2020 Here’s a great value for Nebbiolo watchers. The Ellena Giuseppe 2016 Barolo del Comune di La Morra shows the precision and focus of the vintage with soft tannins, bright fruit flavors and balanced acidity. The bouquet is redolent of wild berry, cassis, tilled earth and blue flower. Skin maceration times are long, at up to 60 days in stainless steel, and the wine completes its final 24 months of aging in both barrique and botte. This Barolo represents a blend of fruit from the Ascheri cru and other sites in La Morra. Some 13,000 bottles were released.WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 9/1/2020 This has aromas evoking dark-skinned berry, tilled soil and baking spice. The solid, concentrated palate offers black cherry jam, licorice and tobacco alongside close-grained tannins. Drink 2024–2030. (Kerin O’Keefe)
JD9595 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 5/4/2023 No crus were produced in 2018. The 2018 Barbaresco is aromatically expressive, with a perfumed and mineral character, with rocky earth. It has medium body, good concentration, and plenty of fruit and mineral earth that drive through the finish. An outstanding value, drink 2025–2045. (Audrey Frick)RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Jun 2022 Packaged in its distinctive brown paper label, the Produttori del Barbaresco 2018 Barbaresco is a beautifully lean and luminous expression of Nebbiolo, and that pretty color should remain intact over time. The aromas are bold and ripe with dark and purple fruit, but the bouquet shows interesting twists with earth, truffle, licorice and grilled herb. As the wine opens in the glass, you begin to notice heavier aromas of raisin and dried apricot. It wears a warm-vintage signature for sure, and for that reason, I would suggest a shorter drinking window for the 2018. With an ample 300,000 bottles made, you get a great value with this bottle. (Monica Larner)JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, January 3, 2022 Lovely barbaresco, with all the typical nebbiolo characteristics, such as red berries, mushrooms and dried leaves, as well as hints of bitter orange peel and spice. All this follows through to the medium-to full-bodied palate, where fine, lightly firm tannins add a little grip and additional focus. Compact, but bursting with flavor. Delicious now, but give it a year or two. It will only get better.VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2022 The 2018 Barbaresco is an attractive, open-knit wine to drink now and over the next 10–15 years, maybe more. In 2018 the Produttori did not bottle their Riservas. Instead, all of the best lots of those grapes went into the straight Barbaresco bottling, another in a long string of successes from this historic house. Dark cherry, cedar, tobacco and spice fill out the layers. There is good depth and a good deal of tannin too, just not the complexity or nuance of the very best years.
RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Jun 2022 Vietti has the enormous advantage of 10 MGA sites at its disposition for blending purposes (and for making single-vineyard wines). This allows them to select the fruit they want to best express any one vintage. The 2018 Barolo Castiglione draws upon those 10 sites (including the recent additions of Mosconi, Ginestra, Bricco Ravera and Briccolina) to make what is ultimately its best-selling wine (with 35,000 bottles released). This classic rendition is tonic and clean with varietal tones of wild berry, rose and rusty nail. (Monica Larner)VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2022 The 2018 Barolo Castiglione is bright, fresh and delineated. Crushed red berry fruit, white pepper, chalk, mint and rose petal all run through this gorgeous, sculpted Barolo. The purity of the fruit and overall energy here are captivating. I would cellar the 2018 for at least a few years. It’s a gorgeous wine in the making.JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, March 3, 2022 Plenty of wild-berry character to the nose and palate. Medium-bodied with good fruit focus and firm tannin that will need a year or two to soften. Bright and youthful. Give it time. Best from 2024.
WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 11/1/2018 Lovely scents of perfumed berry, blue flower, underbrush and wild mint take center stage while the ethereal graceful palate offers crushed strawberry, sour cherry, star anise and a hint of white pepper alongside lithe tannins. Bright acidity lends balance and energy. Drink through 2024.
VN9696 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2019 The 2016 Barbaresco Vigneto Starderi is outrageously beautiful. Dense, powerful and rich, the 2016 races out of the glass with huge fruit to match its classically mid-weight profile. Super-ripe red/purplish berry fruit, wild flowers, licorice and mint play off the huge tannins with real grace. Readers have to be patient, but the 2016 Starderi is a rock star wine. That’s pretty much all there is to it.RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Jun 2019 The 2016 Barbaresco Starderi Vürsù starts with a no-nonsense obscure color and ends with lots of dark fruit on the close. In between, it shows a spot of bitterness on the tongue, delivered with ripe fruit and some rather tight tannins. There are lots of tar notes here too, along with the sort of resin and camphor ash you might not have been expecting from such a youthful Barbaresco. But this one has a heavy center of gravity and is not to be trifled with. It’s a big and bold wine that demands a rare cut of beef. Some 14,500 bottles were made.JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, November 7, 2019 Raspberry coulis, dried red plums, vanilla, cedar and spice box make for a pronounced and beguiling nose. Full-bodied and very powerful on the palate, yet the tannins are polished and the acidity focused and refreshing. Drink from 2023.