August 13, 2020 - Was fairly appealing and open immediately upon opening but shut down with air. Seems to be coming out of or going into a closed phase and sounds like others have had this same experience recently. Giving it time in the cellar is probably the best course, but if you open now don’t decant this like you would an older Barolo. A decent wine at this stage but not what it can be.
June 16, 2020 - Really disappointed in this, maybe it is just in an awkward phase. Nose is closed down and not revealing much at all, even after breathing 24 hours. Good acidity up front, and bitter tannins that mask the fruit. Some pomegranate and rhubarb. Lacks the elegance and structure of many other barolo of the vintage. Will try again in another year
April 11, 2020 - Fine, but not seeing the high praise. 14.5%
March 14, 2020 - Interesting to retaste after initial tasting in 2014 at the winery. Now in 2020, I first decanted this for 2 hours, and thought this:
“Has not aged as well as I thought. Maybe in an awkward in-between phase and will improve in another 5 years? Disappointing. Still decent, but just not impressive or yummy. Tannins still leathery but the fruit didn't open up much. Paired with braised spare ribs. Will hold my other bottles for a while. 91 points.”
AND THEN, 24 HOURS LATER IN A DECANTER:
Amazing! Fruit really came out, bright cherry notes now matching the unchanged tannins. Not a hint of oxidation!! Really enjoyable. I’m sure will age well another 10+ years.
December 13, 2019 - Took ~6 hrs to really open up. Drying tannins still evident. Fabulous, juicy, long finish.
November 9, 2019 - Not impressive, fairly oaky and missing the brillance and lightness of the best
December 1, 2016 - Not decanted. A delicious young wine, remarkably accessible already. Expresive and complex nose of roses and minerals, tar and nuts, good depth of spices and fruit; unsurprisingly the palate is tannic, but not dauntingly so, balanced by a lovely sève, concentrated but pure and transparent, lovely balance and freshness; good resonance and length. A very stylish Barolo, which carries its 14.5% ABV with ease and which has a good future - 2030. In the bistro at Gut Lärchenhof, Pulheim, Germany.
October 25, 2015 - Retailer tasting (@ N in L): Ripe red and dark berry fruits in the bouquet. On the palate a beautiful wine with impressions of earth, cherries and some sweetness as well as some good rustic impressions. Also good acidity and sticky tannin. Really beautiful wine and still very youthful. Waiting until 2020+ will probably be rewarding. 91+
October 17, 2015 - Drinking young Barolo is not ordinarily my idea of a good time. But it remains tempting to get a peek at these 2010s because they're featuring such wild and interesting flavors that it's almost worth wading through all that tannin. This one is a pure rockhead's Barolo. The sensation of gravel is so intense it feels like it was made from bunches of fermented rocks. With time it segues to equally vivid metal shavings. The tannins are heavy and firm - you can practically feel those thick furry skins - and while I don't know if I'd call them especially refined, they're not rough or rustic, either, just dense and robust.
September 29, 2015 - i was impressed with how serviceable this was on pop and splash decant. this should go wonderful places over the next 10-30 years.