Barale is one of the most respected producers of
Barolo, producing long-lived wines of admirable
balance. He crafts two bottlings of Barolo, one
from the Castellero cru of Barolo and the other
from Bussia in Monforte d'Alba. Both wines display
beautiful aromatics, with the latter offering more
tiny estate in Monforte d'Alba that produces Barolo
from several local crus, including Bussia, Mosconi
and Vigna Colonello. The wines are deeply
structured with great purity of fruit and the
distinct earthiness of Monforte. Several older
vintages of the Vigna Colonello (1999, 1998 and
1996) are superb.
Cavallotto family produces traditional Barolo from
its spectacular Bricco Boschis in Castiglione
Falletto. Deeply concentrated with subtle oak and
lovely spice, these wines drink well upon release
and age beautifully. Look for the Riserva "Vigna
San Giuseppe" and "Vignolo".
family estate that produces earthy, beautifully
structured Barolo from sites such as Bricco Rocche
in Castiglione Falletto and Prapo in Serralunga
d'Alba. Long-lived wines that develop beautifully
wines from several sites in Monforte d'Alba such as
Colonello, Cicala and Bussia. Deeply concentrated
with expressive spice, these are lovely expressions
of terroir. Some of the longest-lived examples of
Cogno and her husband Valter Fissore produce
elegantly styled Barolo from the small commune of
Novello in the southern reaches of the Barolo zone.
Two splendid Barolos are made; the Ravera bottling
has beautifully complex aromas of licorice, tobacco
and spice cherry. The Barolo Vigna Elena (named for
their daughter) is made from a single clone,
Rosé, which is not often seen these days.
The aromas here are seductive with beautiful notes
of strawberry, currant and violets- this is a sexy
estate just outside the town of La Morra. Bricco
Gattera from this estate is superb with great
structure; Enrico VI from Castiglione Falletto
offers deep fruit and polished tannins. Regular
Barolo known as Monfalletto is an excellent value.
historic estate has undergone a renaissance over
the last decade, thanks in part to the work of
winemaker Danilo Drocco. La Rosa is wonderfully
elegant, while the Lazzarito La Delizia bottling is
more tannic with fuller spice. The regular bottling
from Serralunga d'Alba is also notable. If you are
in the area, make sure you visit this winery, which
has a beautiful tasting room.
Estate, Serralunga d'Alba
esteemed producer, located in Monforte d'Alba,
produces beautifully structured, earthy, long-lived
Barolo from his estate vineyards. Look for Vigna
Casa Maté, Vigna Chiniera and Runcot, all of
which are deeply concentrated. The track record
here is impressive- every vintage is an excellent
representation of that particular growing
great traditional producer located in La Morra.
Silky, complex, long-lived wines from the La Serra
and Brunate vineyards. Proprietor Manuel Marchetti
is one of the area's most gracious
great traditionalist, Bartolo Mascarello passed
away recently, earning great respect from his
fellow Barolo producers. Only one wine, a blend of
several vineyards, is produced each vintage and it
is a first-rate example of what classic Barolo is
all about - no barriques here!
late Renato Ratti was a much beloved figure in the
Barolo area; his effort to map the finest vineyards
was a great step in the education of these wines.
Today his son Pietro runs this estate and produces
wonderfully subtle, complex Barolos that
beautifully display the local terroir of La Morra.
The Rocche Marcenasco bottling is a superb wine
that is all about the classic flavors of Barolo,
made in a finesseful style.
Rinaldi (Beppe) is one of Barolo's best-loved
producers. Two excellent Barolos are produced, both
in a traditional style. The Brunate Le Coste
displays the terroir of this site, while the
Cannubi bottling is a bit lighter, but extremely
elegant with polished tannins, beautiful purity of
fruit and stylish spice.
wines in a modern style with deeply concentrated
fruit and silky tannins. Look for Carobric, a blend
from several villages and the outstanding Rocche
dell'Annunziata. The winemaking is
in Castiglione Falletto, this estate releases three
or four Barolos each year. Each bottling (Rocche,
Brunate, Lazzarito) displays the true terroir of
its site, thanks to excellent work in the vineyard
and the creative winemaking of Luca
one Barolo from this estate- a sumptuous bottling
from La Serra that displays ripe fruit and
beautiful structure. Gianni Voerzio is one of the
area's finest winemakers, be it with Nebbiolo,
Dolcetto or Arneis.
of Gianni, Roberto produces as many as six
different Barolos in a given year (Brunate, La
Serra, Sarmassa, et al). The wines are modern with
very ripe fruit and small French oak aging.
Tremendously concentrated, these are meant for
at La Morra with snow-capped Alps ib the