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2015 Margherita Otto Barolo Nebbiolo
3/30/2019 - Eric Guido Likes this wine:
93 points
The nose was remarkably pretty, showing dried roses, hinting at savory herbs with tart cherry and strawberries, giving way to cedar, floral undergrowth and hints of animal musk. On the palate, soft textures flooded the senses, as zesty spice and mineral-infused black cherry saturated, before a wave of fine tannin settled in. The finish was long structured and spicy, with lingering brisk acids providing balance and hints of balsamic spice slowly fading.

This does not show the warmth of the year and comes across as wonderfully classic from start to finish. Interesting to note, that this Barolo the 2016 as well) was made in Maria Teresa Mascarello's cellar, in a rented space, and using a borrowed neutral barrel from her stock. Alan Manely, who still works at Bartolo Mascarello has since moved his winemaking to his own location, and I can't wait to see what else he has coming down the pipe.
  • ChazGeorgetown14 commented:

    1/18/20, 7:58 AM - I’m surprised (and happy!) to find tasting notes on this! Im not sure what’s considered the first “official” vintage of M8 but suffice it to say 2015-2018 were all beautifully done and a rare, very special treat. These Baroli are as genuine as the guy who made them.

Red
2014 Giuseppe Rinaldi Nebbiolo Langhe Langhe DOC
4/17/2017 - brooklynguy wrote:
Decanted 4 hours before drinking. Showed very simple at first, for hours. Gradually took on density and complexity of aroma and flavor, and is certainly a lovely wine. I would be much more excited if it cost $25, as opposed to $60.
  • ChazGeorgetown14 commented:

    4/18/17, 6:23 PM - Ditto. I've been meaning to write a tasting note on the last two bottles of '14, but this captures everything I would have said.

Red
2012 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero Nebbiolo
3/11/2017 - dcwino wrote:
96 points
The producer that I wasn’t familiar with until my recent visit with Fabio. I was extremely impressed by the wine that I tried to source them upon my return. Unfortunately, I was only able to find two bottles. Pop and pour, subtle red fruit driven nose, fresh strawberry, cherry, rose and iron. Very polished and elegant palate that can be easily confused as soft and straightforward. The second day, more expressive red fruit, cherry and strawberry, sweet spices, a hint of animal, rose and earth. Very precise and elegant, nicely layered, candied cherry driven palate impression, good acidity, strong presence of iron/mineral and a long mineral driven finish. The third night, it gains even more weight, the expression becoming similar to the bottle tasted with Fabio. Subtle yet decadent red fruit, strawberry, cherry, blackberry jam, sweet spices, rose, sap, iron and earth. The palate remains very polished and elegant, lots of mineral/iron and a long seamless finish. Certain not trying to offend the hardcore Barolo lovers but I use “Burgundian” to describe the very precise, elegant and polished palate and this is very “Burgundian or more specific, Bonnes Mares like”. Quite enjoyable and very fascinating.
  • ChazGeorgetown14 commented:

    3/13/17, 8:39 PM - I've been following your notes on my favorite Barolo producers for a while. You'll love how Burlotto's Monvigliero reflects the different vintages on this very unique terroir... and I agree, an afternoon with Fabio is a special experience!

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2012 Giovanni Canonica Barolo Paiagallo Nebbiolo
12/13/2016 - Finare Vinare wrote:
94 points
Beautiful nose, floral and red-berried - like smelling a rose in the moment of its bursting into blossom while crushing a newly picked wild raspberry between your fingers. There are darker layers of liquorice underneath, but no discernible wood. It is all very clean and well defined. On the palate elegantly built, perfectly balanced already, and fully accessible, with open-knit fruity flavours and fine, gently grippy tannins. The 14,5 % make no fuss whatsoever. Obviously a barolo for barbaresco and burgundy lovers, and lovers of the ''oldschool" style in the best sense of the word. Although it should keep and develop, it's actually hard to see how to improve upon these wonderful impressions, so we'll probably finish our remaining bottles over the next year or two.
  • ChazGeorgetown14 commented:

    12/16/16, 3:29 AM - Ditto! Drinking absolutely spectacular right now... it would almost be a shame to miss this window.

  • ChazGeorgetown14 commented:

    2/15/17, 8:21 PM - Ditto! The pros tend to be cautious when scoring a rogue wine like this, but it's really a special expression of Nebbiolo.

Red
2012 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Nebbiolo
2/4/2017 - Eric Guido Likes this wine:
94 points
Frankly, the only drawback to the 2012 Brunate is that it’s so good today that most people may drink them before they ever hit their prime. Here i found a gorgeous mix of dark earth, dusty minerals, ripe cherry, and strawberry fruits, with haunting dark floral tones. On the palate, let’s just say that a young Barolo has no business being this balanced and enjoyable. Soft, enveloping textures with a mix of stimulating acidity and fine tannin, gave way to pure cherry, strawberry and plum, with earthy minerals swirling throughout, providing a savory balance. The finish was long with sweet spice, licorice and inner floral tones. Wow!
  • ChazGeorgetown14 commented:

    2/15/17, 4:03 AM - Agreed, the '12 Brunate is a real beauty at this early stage! I feel like G. Rinaldi, B. Mascarello, Canonica and GB Burlotto all made very pretty Barolo in 2012... even Cappellano's Nebbiolo d'Alba is irresistible. What's your take on the vintage for Nebbiolo?

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2012 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero Nebbiolo
2/4/2017 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
90 points
2012 Vinous Master Class in Barolo (Del Posto, New York): Not my favorite style (despite the evident quality), this was too light-bodied and sweet for my palate, feminine if you will, with lively acidity balancing the sweet red fruit. Long finish.
  • ChazGeorgetown14 commented:

    2/6/17, 9:30 PM - I think this style and this bottling is absolutely brilliant, but it's clearly not your thing... and I appreciate your candor and thoughtfulness! Many people post declarative statements, but your selfawarnesss and humility just adds more credibility. While my preferences are at total odds with yours, I find great value in the context with which you present your experience. Cheers!

Red
2015 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Nebbiolo Langhe Langhe DOC
2/2/2017 - Eric Guido Likes this wine:
92 points
The nose was refined with a dark red raspberry and crushed strawberry persona, leading to dusty spices and floral tones in an amazingly fresh performance. On the palate, it was lifted with dried cherry, a dusting of spice and refined tannin. It finished savory and long with tart berry and minerals. The ‘15 Nebbiolo could have a very bright future.
  • ChazGeorgetown14 commented:

    2/3/17, 4:58 PM - Were you referring to the '15 in that last sentence?

Red
2014 Bartolo Mascarello Langhe Nebbiolo Langhe DOC
9/9/2016 - NostraBacchus Likes this wine:
91 points
During visit. Perfumed notes of red fruits, sweet strawberries, also some tart raspberries, crushed flowers, leaves an overall sweet but sappy impression. It's lighter-medium bodied with pretty high acidity and medium tannin. Good length. A weightless, cool and precise Nebbiolo with a lot of tension.
  • ChazGeorgetown14 commented:

    9/18/16, 6:16 AM - Great notes, as always. How would you compare the '14 to the '13?

  • ChazGeorgetown14 commented:

    9/18/16, 12:57 PM - Very much so, thanks!

Red
2014 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Langhe Freisa Langhe DOC
In my experience, there are only two producers that make excellent Freisa and its not Burlotto. After one sip of this wine I immediately put this down and could not finish it. Not that it was bad but based on the fruit profile. It has an intense grapey/currant flavors with bretty undertones. This is not for me.
  • ChazGeorgetown14 commented:

    5/8/16, 12:41 PM - Who makes the freisa you do enjoy? I really liked GB Burlotto's 2012, although it compeltely different from any other freisa I've had... especially the G. Rinaldi '13 I'm drinking at the moment.

Red
2010 Lorenzo Accomasso Barbera d'Alba Pochi Filagn
Ripe and deep for the vintage with predominantly blackberry fruit and a rustic edge of pete and brine. Surprisingly reminiscent of the '09 I tasted at Accomasso's house about a year ago, this 2010 has a decidedly dark profile verging on the edge of prune. While would prefer a bit more red fruit and clarity (a la B. Mascarello), this retains lovely balance and is an undeniably classic wine. Nearly impossible to find, this is for those who really have a passion for traditional Piedmont and the unsung characters of this magical place.
  • ChazGeorgetown14 commented:

    2/14/16, 6:44 AM - Sorry for the confusion. I mentioned Canonica as a frame of reference for its scarcity, but I did not source my Accomasso stateside. Occasionally however, they pop up at auction and I've also heard that Chambers St Wines in NYC might get some 2007 Barolo. Happy hunting!

  • ChazGeorgetown14 commented:

    2/16/16, 7:23 PM - My fiancé and I bumped into Canonica outside il Quarto Stato once but we haven't made a cellar visit. Getting ready for our annual pilgrimage to Barolo in the spring. Shoot me an email, I'd like to know more about your visit. chazramos@hotmail.com

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2010 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti) Nebbiolo
10/3/2015 - Chaz Bham wrote:
At Eleven Madison Park, NYC. After contacting the sommelier beforehand, he graciously agreed to open a bottle 6 hours before the dinner hour, as I was not too enthused about drinking this quite so young. It allowed me my first trial of a top tier Barolo from the 2010 vintage. Infanticide, really. The 6 hours of air time allowed the nose and palate to open up somewhat, but the features of youth were just too strong to overcome. It was obvious that the material was excellent, and prepared for the long run. The quality of fruit, balance of acidity, restraint, and elements in the right places. All that is needed is time for all this to come together.
  • ChazGeorgetown14 commented:

    10/23/15, 8:27 PM - I was thinking about opening a bottle soon, but now I'll wait ... guess you took one for the team, thanks!

Red
2008 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo Nebbiolo
8/10/2015 - Collector1855 wrote:
97 points
Consistent to my previous note. It is difficult to envision a smoother, sappier and more aromatic Barolo than this. Harsh Nebbiolo tannins, not here. Whenever I serve this to guests it is very popular! Barolo, Musigny style! Early in its drinking window. Outstanding.
  • ChazGeorgetown14 commented:

    9/4/15, 10:06 PM - One of my absolute favorite vintages under MT Mascarello. So wonderfully elegant and poised for the long term. Yes the 2010's are powerful and media endorsed... but I am confident that 2008 will be one of the great unsung vintages appreciated by those who truly know and understand the beauty of classic Nebbiolo. So glad to see such positive notes on CT.

Red
2007 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo Nebbiolo
Pretty darn dramatic if you count being able to smell it across the room.
  • ChazGeorgetown14 commented:

    3/21/14, 3:03 PM - Good or bad? Tasting notes? BTW nice cellar list

Red
1978 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
12/2/2012 - Chaz Bham wrote:
96 points
A beautiful wine with amazing complexity and grace. Really like a gorgeous, stylish woman, younger than stated age. A testament to the dizzying heights Rioja tempranillo wines are capable of. Tasted twice, with consistent sentiments.
  • ChazGeorgetown14 commented:

    4/15/13, 4:09 PM - Couldn't have said it better myself.

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