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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 57 
ProducerVietti (web)
UPC Code(s)748789500037, 8030198002878

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2017 and 2027 (based on 29 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 55 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by eharkins on 6/11/2015: Decided to check in to see if I'll buy more for long term, I'll probably grab more. There are high toned red fruit notes, hint of herbs and florals, palate is quite nice on the attack but there's a major tannin grip which at this point over powers the fruit (2535 views)
 Tasted by Ombibulous on 6/1/2015: What might be the drinking window for the half bottle? I strongly suspect it won't go to 2027. I'd like to accurately label it so in future when I go into my bodega and am looking at the tickets and choosing what to drink now and what to leave for later, I can choose accurately. And what would be the peak year? Thanks, and cheers! (3336 views)
 Tasted by 560 B&W on 6/1/2015 & rated 93 points: Served too cold and took time to come out to play. Ready & lovely. (2853 views)
 Tasted by salil on 4/27/2015: I have plenty of faith in Seth and Adrian at the A.So Foundation for Science, but wanted to try a couple more 2010 Barolo for myself. Up front this is all about bright red fruited flavours tinged with anise, fennel, and gentle floral notes. Then the structure suddenly kicks in on the back end, and a lot of grainy tannin clamps down hard on the finish. The tannin softens a little with air, but this remains very structured and forbidding, with most of the pleasure here coming from the really bright, floral and spicy aromatics. Very enjoyable with some meat, but right now it's more about potential than pleasure. (4674 views)
 Tasted by dzop on 4/12/2015 & rated 90 points: This was lovely - red fruit, floral, powdery tannin. Not a ton of concentration, but remarkably accessible. The taste I had was from a bottle that had been opened for several hours, I believe. (4204 views)
 Tasted by Pknut on 4/6/2015: Ordered by the glass at Aldo Sohm wine bar, and poured from a magnum, this was at the very end of the night, and my note is not detailed. I ordered this because I have a six pack of this in the cellar. Do not open for ten years. Really nice raw materials, though: the fruit is stacked and the tannin is sweet. With Elena. (4125 views)
 Tasted by The Guzz on 3/27/2015 & rated 90 points: Hard as a rock. A few hours gives hints into what this will hopefully become. Dark ripe / purple fruit. Sweet but high tone floral nose. Well structured, fine tannins. (4096 views)
 Tasted by Rezy13 on 3/6/2015 & rated 90 points: Old World Blind Tasting Group $40+ (Bin 75): Darker core with good clarity; sweet cherry, roses, fresher fruit, licorice, plum; nice texture, dark cherry, plum, not yet a great expression of Nebbiolo but very good potential; 90+. (4658 views)
 Tasted by Tavastgatan on 2/28/2015 & rated 91 points: @Fred_Lund: Fuck the time machine. Can't wait. No roses, no tar. Still just lovely and Intriguing fruit. Unique flavour profile. 91+ (4103 views)
 Tasted by chablis28 on 2/14/2015 & rated 89 points: PnP Had this tonight and have to admit Keith's recent note on 2/2/15 is pretty spot on. Earlier notes from January had me thinking perhaps Keith just had a particularly stern btl and at only $44 I couldn't resist finding out for myself:) This was still enjoyable and not completely unfriendly but no where near ready to reveal its future wonders. OTOH, my brutally honest wife, didn't complain about the tannin/ acid and remarked that the nose was very interesting over a couple glasses. Went quite well with filets tonight. It is classically styled and right now all you get is a sense of its; class, structure, brambly red fruit and overall balance. I doubt you could go wrong owning a few of these with the realistic expectation that they won't really shine until at least 2020+. I'll likely grab 2 or 3 more to find out. Paid $44 and promising for the future. (4147 views)
 Tasted by Nanda on 2/13/2015: Off a restaurant wine list. Nowhere near ready but enjoyable with rich foods (as Keith notes). Aromas show red fruit, leather and herbs with no floral or oak notes. Palate has grainy in your face tannin that need time to soften. Mid weight fruit does poke through and this is drinkable but quite chunky and tight. Just guessing but I would hold for 5 years before cracking one. Great value. (3873 views)
 Tasted by Keith Levenberg on 2/2/2015: Very aromatic with dried red fruits and sweeter fennel scents on the first pour, although it quiets down soon thereafter. The temptation is to think of this as a Barolo you can drink young because it's entry-level, a blend, and cheap, but it is still Barolo and its heavy, brawny old-style tannin make this pretty impossible to enjoy without food. A fatty steak polishes the structure and sweetens the fruit enough that it's drinkable with food but it is still tight and compact. The profile is traditional Barolo, no barrique in evidence which has often been a thing with Vietti. Plenty of leftovers of course so I will be curious if it has more personality to show over the next week. I don't much see the point of rating a wine like this. There is a good chance this will mature into textbook Barolo at a smart price but it will need the same amount of time as any other Barolo to get there. If the 90+ and even mid-90s ratings are based on current enjoyment rather than future prognostication, they have to be coming from folks that have trained themselves to enjoy young nebbiolo tannin bombs way more than I do. (7222 views)
 Tasted by bill00 on 1/23/2015 & rated 93 points: Translucent ruby color. Bright red cherry with licorice, tea and mint. Beautifully balanced and elegant with huge, but fine tannins. Another great '10 Barolo and really impressive at this price. From 375ml. (3828 views)
 Tasted by qryan on 1/20/2015 & rated 90 points: Purchased from a restaurant by the glass to get a data point on 2010 Barolo. This is good wine that punches above its pricepoint. Although the wine is pleasurable now, make no mistake this is young Barolo with serious tannins and acids. But underneath the tannins you find lovely floral notes and dark brooding fruit. Hold. (3899 views)
 Tasted by jeffreylubowski on 1/13/2015 & rated 91 points: One of.my greatest fears is young barolo. The puckering causes life altering muscular damage and wrinkles. I would never open a 4 year old barolo. But I was depressed on a Tuesday and so this happened. I can't believe how approachable this was. Almost pinot.noir like. It has the tar and roses and medium body but the tannins are not soul destroying like I would have expected. Obviously a couple years is what the doctor orders but I enjoyed this immensely. Good value too. (4235 views)
 Tasted by Motz on 12/31/2014 & rated 93 points: The bouquet jumps out and grabs you with rose petal, muddled red berry puree (raspberry in particular), cherry (in various states of preparedness including candied), nutmeg, cinnamon, potpourri, and strong mineral notes. The bracing palate commands attention from the juicy attack through a long and gripping finish. High acid, medium plus tannin, luscious. The wine is approachable now, and will add weight and depth with cellaring. If drinking now, decant for 4 or more hours. The wine should drink well through 2025 and beyond. Among the best values for stalwart Barolo on the market. 92-94. (4120 views)
 Tasted by Francois Le Mouel on 12/27/2014 & rated 90 points: This wine will certainly improve in the next 3-5 years. Very similar to a Pinot Noir Premier Cru. Not extremely complex, but in a very serious style. Good balance, nice acidity and medium lenght. A bit too expensive. (3580 views)
 Tasted by Mrbuzz on 12/18/2014 & rated 94 points: Mmmmm this is good! Perfect light red berry Barolo color….dusty cherry, dried rose, cinnamon stick, raspberry farm nose. Not at all too tannic right now…I've had some puckering ones from this Castiglione….still pretty dry, but not sucking dry. Subtle red berry fruit…bright and floral..pretty. But don't be fooled here…still has sneaky structure…..just took another sip, and the got slapped in the face!! Love that! Great dryness, yet wets the salivary glands…..little tar, crunchy minerals, smoke, spice. Tasty now for its youth and freshness…but I can see this gaining in 10. A must case buy! (4174 views)
 Tasted by swapdoc on 12/12/2014: Feels light and quick on the palate, finesse rather than power. Floral bouquet, roses, strawberry. The fruit does not show the ripeness and richness bestowed on this vintage; rather the wine is delicate, with some youthful tannins fleshing out the underlying complexity. Would benefit from putting on additional weight in a few years, but does not display the extraction of fruit to become more than a basic cuvee. (3985 views)
 Tasted by bconly on 11/29/2014 & rated 92 points: Good, classic barolo from a good vintage at the right price. Enjoy that while it lasts. This is young but was approachable, as the tannins are very fine. (4314 views)
 Tasted by Nutty08 on 11/19/2014: Followed over 2 nights and while better on night 2, still very closed and reticent. Nose of roses, menthol, and some red fruit but very shy. Palate really hides behind the tannic structure, but quite fresh. Short to medium finish. Really not that enjoyable now given the immense structure. Hold 5+yrs. (4184 views)
 Tasted by NostraBacchus on 11/12/2014 & rated 93 points: Opened 2 hours ago. Medium ruby color. First totally muted but opening up little with some air. Still reticent but pretty nose of sour red cherries, menthol, some crushed flowers and some sweeter spices. On the palate there are similar notes of mainly red berries, some spices, some cedar wood and some anise/staranise kind of spices. It's medium+ bodied with medium-high tannin that is silky but young and high acidity. Pretty long finish that ends with some minerality. It's super young and needs at least 3-5 years but a very classic and beautiful Barolo at a very good price. If you don't want to spend the really big money on the single vineyard Vietti Barolos, this gives you a decent idea about how great they are in 2010. It's not on the same level but definitely one of the best picks in this price range. (4291 views)
 Tasted by vinus_operandi on 11/12/2014 & rated 90 points: I think anthony galloni rated this a 94 and called it an "insanely beautiful wine" well I am at a loss for words at my disappointment with this wine. He must have been throwing Vietti a bone because this wine lacks structure (very little tannins) and balance, and is just not very interesting. I seriously doubt that it will age well. After reading his review, I simply am at a loss for words. Let's just leave it at that and come back to this wine in 6 to 8 years...........................ARGHHHHH!!!! (4223 views)
 Tasted by oldwines on 11/11/2014 & rated 91 points: Decanted at around 5pm and drunk over the next 4 hours. Initially the nose was very reticent with some floral and tart fruit elements especially sour cherry, but with time it got better. Medium bodied appearance. There is surprisingly little tannin in this for a 4 year old Barolo, but again it develops with air and actually seemed more tannic after an hour. It definitely was richer and more flavorful with time to breathe. I got roses, tart cherry, some mint and a touch of cedar. Fairly short finish but all in all a pleasant enough wine that should drink well up to about its 10th birthday but I doubt it will be getting better after that. (3572 views)
 Tasted by jctra on 11/9/2014 & rated 92 points: Needs five more years. (2841 views)
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Vinous, 2010 Barolo: Flying High Again (Jan 2014)
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Nebbiolo is a red grape indigenous to the Piedmont region of Italy in the Northwest. The grape can also be found in other parts of the world, though they are not as respected.

Nebbiolo is often considered the "king of red wines," as it is the grape of the famed wines of Barolo DOCG, Barbaresco DOCG, and Roero DOCG. It is known for high tannins and acidity, but with a distinct finesse. When grown on clay, Nebbiolo can be very powerful, tannic, and require long aging periods to reach its full potential. When grown on sand, the grape exhibits a more approachable body with more elegant fruit and less tannins, but still has high aging potential.

"Nebbiolo" is named for the Italian word, "nebbia", which means "fog", in Italian and rightfully so since there is generally a lot of fog in the foothills of Piedmont during harvest.

Nebbiolo is a late-ripening variety that does best in a continental climate that boasts moderate summers and long autumns. In Piedmont, Nebbiolo is normally harvested in October.

More links:
Varietal character (Appellation America) | Nebbiolo on CellarTracker


Italian Wines (ItalianMade.com, The Italian Trade Commission) | Italian Wine Guide on the WineDoctor


Vignaioli Piemontesi (Italian only)


Consorzio di Tutela Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Roero | Union of Producers of Albese Wines (Albeisa)


Regional History:
The wines of Piedmont are noted as far back as Pliny's Natural History. Due to geographic and political isolation, Piedmont was without a natural port for most of its history, which made exportation treacherous and expensive. This left the Piedmontese with little incentive to expand production. Sixteenth-century records show a mere 14% of the Bassa Langa under vine -- most of that low-lying and farmed polyculturally. In the nineteenth century the Marchesa Falletti, a frenchwoman by birth, brought eonologist Louis Oudart from Champagne to create the first dry wines in Piemonte. Along with work in experimental vineyards at Castello Grinzane conducted by Camilo Cavour -- later Conte di Cavour, leader of the Risorgimento and first Prime Minister of Italy -- this was the birth of modern wine in the Piedmont. At the heart of the region and her reputation are Alba and the Langhe Hills. This series of weathered outcroppings south of the Tanaro River is of maritime origin and composed mainly of limestone, sand and clay, known as terra bianca. In these soils -located mainly around the towns of Barolo and Barbaresco -- the ancient allobrogica, now Nebbiolo, achieves its renowned fineness and power.

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