September 2, 2019 - Very good after 1 hour decant. LIght to medium ruby color. Some sediment. Earth, minerals and subtle fruit. Medium finish. Very good now but should continue to cellar well for another 3 to 5 years.
December 21, 2018 - The nose showed sweetly spiced cherries along with notes of cedar, dried roses, animal musk, stone dust and old leather. On the palate, I found soft textures with zesty red fruits pushed forward by brisk acidity with a bitter herbal twang and saline minerality. It's fruit seemed to go from sweet to sour as the ‘03 Bartolo traveled across the senses, adding an earthy note of sous bois and taking on more of a feminine weight. The finish was medium in length, resonating on minerality with sweet red fruits, a bitter acid twang, and lingering notes of savory herbs.
It’s a wine that shows the heat of the vintage, being a bit advanced and dried out, yet still quite enjoyable today and gains inner sweetness with time in the glass.
November 10, 2018 - Developed Nebbiolo aromas. Also developed on the palate, with dried ripe fruit. Lacks some elegance and structure, maybe.
September 5, 2018 - 2nd bottle in the last month. Ripe vintage is evident. Only 14% alcohol although alcohol permeated the nose.
Smooth rich lovely wine. Not much of a finish but great with food or nothing at all. Violets mushrooms some black pepper
July 4, 2018 - Not the best year for Bartolo but still really really good
Opens with classic Barolo nose plus lots of alcohol
After 2 hrs decant, alcohol has burned off leaving powerful yet smooth tannins wrapped in dark fruits
Take small sips and savor the refinement.
One of those wines you can’t drink quick
January 23, 2017 - similar to last bottle though the wine seemed further along the maturity curve than i would have guessed...
August 6, 2016 - Drank over the course of 5 hours. Very dark in color. Starts off with voluptuous primary fruit that is round with OK balance. Flavors of dried red fruits, forest floor with an herbal edge. After 3 hours, the wine becomes tart and acidic with little primary fruit showing and drying tannins.
July 26, 2016 - I would never have guessed this as a 2003. Lots of powerful ripe fruit with no roasted qualities that gets redder in tone as it breathes, plenty of tar and flowers, a pleasant whole-cluster quality -- super-typical Barolo. Great freshness and ripe tannins, plenty of acidity that is well integrated with the layered fruit concentration. This doesn't have the mushroom/truffle character of mature Barolo but it's so good now it would be hard to wait for this to come around.
March 22, 2015 - Mature and splendid Barolo.
March 21, 2015 - Rustique aromas with furniture polish, tar and volatile acidity. Fully mature. A good, old fashioned Barolo.