Visits in Piedmont Part 2

Additional Producer Profiles for Wines Tasted this Past May


I'm picking up here where I last left off, halfway through reporting on mostly the 2009 vintage in Barolo. As you can see here, and in my previous report on these wines, the vintage is a bit irregular to say the least with some powerful, structured wines being produced as well as many wines that show elevated alcohols or aggressive tannins. As I've discussed here, the vintage posed significant and unusual problems for growers. Some were able to manage the challenging conditions while other didn't fare quite as well.

In all honesty it's quite early in the evolution of these wines to make broad sweeping statements about their quality, though we can get an idea of where they might be heading. My best guess is that this vintage will turn out similarly to 2000 in many ways, and at many estates. I expect these wines to mature relatively early, and at their best to turn out to be rather plump and fun to drink, but ultimately lacking the complexity and structure of the best vintages. The more I think these wines, the greater the similarity with 2007's elevated alcohol and green tannins becomes. In either event I would caution diving too deeply into the vintage. Taste and wait would be my recommendation, with a handful of exceptions. I just don't see the marketplace responding favorably to these wines, particularly with the 2010s and 2011 waiting in the wings.
Burlotto - Verduno

G. D. Vajra - Barolo

Luigi Baudana - Serralunga

Francesco Rinaldi - Barolo

E Pira Chiara Boschis - Barolo

Canonica - Barolo

Domenico Clerico - Monforte

Giuseppe Rinaldi - Barolo

Bartolo Mascarello - Barolo

Fratelli Oddero - La Morra

Elio Altare - La Morra

Roberto Voerzio - La Morra

Aldo Conterno - Monforte

Giuseppe Mascarello- Monchiero

Giacomo Conterno - Monforte

Tenuta Montanello - Castiglione Falletto

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  • Probably you tasted Barbera 2010 Conterno Cascina Francia, because isn't possible Barolo 2010 is not in commerce until at list 2015

    Aug 18, 2013 at 2:57 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    No, it was the 2010 Barolo from botte, not from bottle.

    Aug 18, 2013 at 4:12 PM

  • Snooth User: Raphael Au
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    As always, I enjoy reading your articles on Barolo. While in Piemonte in May, I bought 6 bottles of Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste 2009. Amazing wine at a very reasonable 44 euros each ($130 in the US before taxes?!?!?)


    Nov 02, 2013 at 12:05 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Thank you for your kind words. Oh boy that is a terrific buy. Just last night I enjoyed a lie-up of G Rinaldi that spanned 1956-2001. You'll have to be patient but you're in for a treat when the wine finally matures.

    Nov 02, 2013 at 1:33 PM

  • Snooth User: Raphael Au
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    I hope you are going to write about the Rinaldi experience (i'm so friggin jealous!!). What was the colour like, particularly on the earlier years?

    Nov 02, 2013 at 11:10 PM

  • Statement on these wines lacking the complexity and structure of the best vintages is very precise. Exactly what I'd expected too!

    Aug 29, 2019 at 5:03 AM

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