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cherry and cassis accented by notes of smoke
and spice. The firm tannins will benefit from
a few years of cellaring. § The Piedmont Guy,
Brooklyn, NY
278888

91 | La Spinetta

$68

2016 Barolo Vigneto Garretti ^ Giorgio
Rivetti makes this wine with fruit from the
Garretti cru in Grinzane Cavour. The wine,
aged in French oak tonneaux (50 percent
new), offers notes of warm spice and a sultry
texture to complement the taut black cherry
and raspberry flavors. § Indigenous Selections,
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
278899

91 | Virna

$57

2015 Barolo del Comune di Barolo ^ Until
2009, this wine had been labeled Barolo
Preda Sarmassa after the two crus that each
supplied half its fruit. With the adoption of
the Barolo MGA rules, it was no longer permissible to list the names of more than one
cru on a label. Virna Borgogno and her team
decided to create a new Comune di Barolo
wine with the 2010 vintage, taking 85 to
90 percent of the fruit from Preda to give a
lush, fruity aspect, with the balance coming
from the more full-bodied and structured
Sarmassa fruit. The wine rests for one year
in 500-liter tonneaux and another in larger
cask. It shows the richness of the 2015 vintage in its flavors of ripe dark cherry, black
raspberry and apple brandy, those flavors
drawn out on a smoky, spicy finish. § Shiverick Imports, Los Angeles, CA
278887

90 | Giacomo Fenocchio

$63

90 | Fontanafredda

$54

2016 Barolo Castellero ^ This wine is earthy
and woodsy, its flavors of black cherry and
raspberry balanced by notes of damp leaves
and tobacco. Bone dry and slightly austere,
it may flesh out with a few years in bottle. §
Skurnik Wines & Spirits, NY
278858
2016 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga
d'Alba ^ A selection of fruit from the estate's
247 acres of vines in Serralunga, this offers
soft red cherry flavors accented by notes
of licorice, tobacco and mint. The wine is
surprisingly open-knit and approachable,
presenting a rare opportunity to enjoy a
youthful wine from Serralunga. § Taub Family
Selections, Boca Raton, FL
278866

90 | Fontanafredda

$108

2016 Barolo Proprietà in Fontanafredda
MGA ^ This floral wine is immediately appealing, with flavors of cherry and menthol in a
pliant. All of the fruit comes from the 37-acre
Fontanafredda cru, a monopole at the northern end of Serralunga d'Alba. § Taub Family
Selections, Boca Raton, FL
278833

90 | Gianni Gagliardo

$80

2015 Barolo ^ Notes of tobacco leaf, mint and
spice mingle with soft red berry flavors in this
earthy Barolo. The fruit came from five crus
in the Barolo commune, and the wine aged
for four years in large Slavonian oak casks. §
Ethica Wines, Miami, FL
278817

2015 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione ^ Taut,
chalky tannins and lively acidity drive flavors of red cherry and soft green herbs before
the wine finishes on a lightly bitter note. § The
Piedmont Guy, Brooklyn, NY
278885

90 | Luca Bosio

$45

90 | Ca'Viola

$68

2016 Barolo (Best Buy) ^ This wine is round
and supple, its warm cherry flavors accented
by notes of baking spice and licorice. A hint
of orange zest lifts the finish. For near-term
drinking. § Quintessential, Napa, CA
278916
2015 Barolo Sottocastello di Novello ^
Beppe Caviola ferments this wine with ambient yeasts and whole clusters (25 percent),
imparting an exotic profile of purple fruit
and dark spices encased in raspy tannins.
Its deep concentration and hints of kirsch
reflect the warmth of the 2015 vintage. § Banville Wine Merchants, NY

90 | Roccheviberti

90 | Giovanni Sordo

$70

90 | Giovanni Viberti

$53

88 | Fontanafredda

$37

2016 Barolo Villero ^ Meaty tannins grip
this wine's dark cherry flavors, giving way to
notes of tar, licorice and cedar in a peppery
finish. § Classic Wines, Stamford, CT
278819
2016 Barolo Buon Padre ^ Made with fruit
from eight different crus in Barolo, Monforte
d'Alba and Verduno, this floral-scented wine
unfolds with flavors of sweet cherry. It's layered in notes of licorice and orange zest,
offering lift and verve, along with light, sandpapery tannins that make it appealing in its
youth. § Opici Wines, Glen Rock, NJ
278873
2016 Barolo Silver Label (Best Buy) ^ Fruit
from all of Barolo's eleven communes combines in this juicy Barolo. Supple tannins

$55

2015 Barolo ^ Red cherry flavors combine
with notes of orange peel and cedar in this
Barolo classico, a blend of fruit from estate
holdings in La Morra, Monforte d'Alba, Serralunga d'Alba and Barolo. Enjoyable for its
bright berry tones, it finishes on an astringent note and may benefit from a few years
in the cellar. § Enotec Imports, Denver, CO
278932

90 | Giacomo Borgogno
& Figli

Meriame crus, both on Serralunga's western
slopes. The wine shows both the ripeness of
the warm 2015 vintage and the powerful tannins characteristic of Serralunga. It rested in
tonneaux and larger oak casks for 28 months,
gaining notes of smoke and spice that accent
the dark cherry fruit. § Dalla Terra, Napa, CA
278921

$85

90 | Giovanni Rosso

$60

90 | Enrico Serafino

$88

2015 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga
d'Alba ^ This wine's black-cherry flavors mingle with notes of apple skin, dried cherry
and cherry pit. The firm Serralunga tannins and earthy, lightly bitter finish call for
robust dishes of braised or grilled meats. § Vias
Imports, NY
279039
2015 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga
d'Alba ^ The Krause family bought this Roerobased winery in 2015 and also acquired 4.9
vineyard acres in Serralunga d'Alba to make
the first vintage of this comune wine. Serafino's vines are located in the Carpena and

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