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lower-lying plot, which sits just below Vigna
del Gris on the hill and enjoys the warmth
of a south-southwest exposition. The vines
in the Pajana parcel are higher on the hill
and just 12 years old, with assertive tannins
that lend structure to the wine. As with their
other Barolos, the Conternos age this wine in
Slavonian casks and concrete, preserving the
fresh menthol and licorice scents and maintaining clarity in the penetrating dark-cherry
flavors. § North Berkeley Imports, Berkeley, CA
278963

94 | Diego Conterno

278848

94 | Renato Ratti

$55

2016 Barolo ^ Scents of rose petals and mint
rise from the glass, leading into flavors of
juicy red cherry, red-apple skin and licorice, the finish buoyed by cool, ferrous tannins. The fruit for this Barolo comes from
three different Monforte d'Alba plots; the
wine offers immediate appeal for its freshness, clarity and precision, qualities that will
also allow it to age gracefully. § North Berkeley
Imports, Berkeley, CA
278891

94 | Luigi Einaudi

the 2016 vintage. It feels ripe and voluptuous,
with flavors of warmed cherry and raspberry
accented by notes of licorice and tobacco.
Appealing now for its richness and warmth,
it has the freshness to hold for another five
years or more. § Empson USA, Alexandria, VA

$62

2016 Barolo Terlo Vigna Costa Grimaldi ^
Fruit culled from the lower slope of the
Terlo cru on the edge of the village of Barolo
yielded a dark-fruited, approachable wine in

278857

94 | Massolino

$53

2016 Barolo ^ Franco Massolino's 2016 Barolo
classico is impressively fresh and floral, with
saturating flavors of Marasca cherry couched
in firm, finely honed tannins. The fruit comes
from vineyards in Serralunga d'Alba and Castiglione Falletto, and despite the wine's considerable power and structure, the flavors are
almost delicate in their precision, remaining
cool and fresh through the long finish. § Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL

$140

2016 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata ^ This
combines freshness, rich fruit tones and
svelte tannins in a voluptuous, elegantly
woven wine. Notes of anise and lavender
accent the flavors of freshly crushed cherries and citrus skin, those flavors gaining
depth as the wine opens in the glass, its warm
spice notes glowing on the finish. § Lux Wines,
Modesto, CA
278864

94 | Giovanni Rosso

$86

2016 Barolo Serra ^ Davide Rosso makes
this Barolo with fruit from his 2.5-acre plot
of southeast-facing vines in the Serra cru. The
wine is floral and lifted in the 2016 vintage,
with precise flavors of red cherry and raspberry brightened by notes of orange peel and
menthol. As with all of his Barolos except


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