2015 Vintage Barolo Wine Tasting

Friday, June 5, 2020 - 07:30 PM

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You haven’t drunk too much wine if you can still lie on the floor without holding on.”


Dean Martin




If you have been watching my work for the last few decades you’ve never seen me drunk or lying on the floor and if you have been watching my propaganda you know that the Piedmont is my favorite wine region on Earth and that Nebbiolo is my favorite grape varietal. 


The newly released 2015 vintage is getting high praise and with the hottest July in 135 years to some if did not sound like a recipe for a successful vintage in the hills of the Langhe.  Initial reports looked like a repeat of 2003 vintage but the wines seem to have much more structure than 2003, however they do have some of the same immediate appeal of this super-hot vintage as the new wines from Scavino seem to be drinking beautifully right now.


When asked for a comparison about the 2015 by the Wine Spectator: “Giovanni Pasquero Elia at Paitin compares 2015 with 2011, a promising vintage with ripe fruit, but it reminds his father Secondo of 1982, a powerful, long-lived vintage. Pietro Ratti, proprietor of Renato Ratti, reported that 2015 bears resemblance to 2007—another opulent, fruity year—with the picking 7 to 10 days later in 2015.”  Read more about the vintage at- https://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/52546.


If Tuscany with its relatively large estates and Renaissance villas and castles could be compared to Bordeaux, then Piedmont, be speckled with minute properties whose average vineyard is no larger than two acres, is unquestionably more akin to my favorite wine region of France - Burgundy.  And just as all the regions have their varietal that suits them best, the Piedmont’s “bell of the ball” is Nebbiolo.  Nebbiolo produces the most majestic wine of the Piedmont and in the world for that matter.


Join us as we experience over a dozen Barolo’s from the 2015 vintage and chef Toni Lampasone will be making a special meal to accompany the tasting wines.  There are only 14 seats available for this tasting and the fee is $250 + tax and this includes dinner!  For Reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com


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2015 Barolo Wine Tasting

Friday, June 5th





2015 Ascheri Barolo DOCG

Price: $40.25       Sale Price: $35.42


(93 Points) Delicate aromas of strawberry, cherry, rose, licorice and tar are effusive and complex. Supple and juicy, finishing with firm, balanced tannins. Picks up spice details on the mouthwatering finish. Best from 2022 through 2040. Wine Spectator




2015 Vajra Barolo Albe

Price: $39.00       Your Price: $34.32


(93 Points) This Barolo offers a more immediate approach, with lots of dark berry followed by spice, tilled earth and black truffle. The 2015 Barolo Albe pours to a medium dark color and lays out a mid-weight texture, with bright primary fruit that is expertly woven into the wine. It exposes clearly etched veins of acidity and some determinedly firm tannins. Despite the Albe's accessible personality, I recommend that you wait a few more years before popping the cork. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate




2015 Vajra Barolo Coste Di Rose

Price: $67.50       Your Price: $59.40


(92 points) The 2015 Barolo Coste di Rose is pretty and also easygoing, with elegant floral top notes and sweet red berry fruit that are nicely pushed forward. Soft, open-knit and inviting, the 2015 offers a good bit of persistence and freshness. I would prefer to drink it over the next decade or so, given its mid-weight structure.  (Feb 2020) Vinous




2015 Vajra Barolo Bricco Viole

Price: $88.25       Your Price: $77.66


(94 Points) The 2015 Barolo Bricco Delle Viole is a delicate and pure expression of Nebbiolo. The wine shows its naked beauty with pride, provocatively semi-dressed in lacy, floral aromas of wild rose and pressed violets. At this young age, the wine exhibits a gentle mix of fruity and floral characteristics that merge into the bouquet with intrepidness. The fruit from this vineyard within the Barolo township has maintained its freshness and crispness despite the heat of the 2015 growing season. I think it would be a lovely match for a veal piccata and cream sauce, with parsley and capers.  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate




2015 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo Piedmont

Price: $269.00    Your Price: $236.72          Quantity in Stock: 35


(95 Points) "Maria Teresa Mascarello remembers the 2015 summer as being very hot, so hot it was hard to get restful sleep at night without air conditioning, especially from the end of June to the first week of August. Temperatures dropped at the end of the season in time to maintain lively freshness and acidity. That interchange between hot and cool contributed to a very successful vintage and steady fruit ripening. Her 2015 Barolo is a tad more accessible overall, with dark and luscious fruit that emerges beautifully from the bouquet. Only the Rue vineyard, one of the blending components for this wine, saw a decrease in yields because of powdery mildew, which can be a problem at that site instead of downy mildew (which is avoided because this vineyard benefits from more winds and breezes). This is also the first vintage in which the San Lorenzo vineyard is not included in the blend. That site went offline in 2015 because the old vines were removed, the earth was left to rest for two years and the site was replanted in 2017. These young Nebbiolo vines may go to a Langhe Nebbiolo wine in the near term, although a final decision has not been made yet. So, to recap, the vineyards used to make this edition are Canubbi (this estate prefers this traditional spelling rather than "Cannubi"), Rue, Rocche dell'Annunziata and Bussia (Monrobiolo). A tiny part of fruit from a site in the Barolo township called Nelso is also added (otherwise planted to Dolcetto and Freisa). The wine is put together with amazing precision to offer beautiful fullness, freshness and balance from this textbook growing season." - Monica Larner(28th Jun 2019) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate




2015 E. Pira & Figli Barolo Cannubi

Price: $139.00    Your Price: $122.32          Quantity in Stock: 13


(95 Points) My sample bottle of 2015 Barolo Cannubi was allowed to breathe overnight, and I really got a glimpse of how the wine evolves, showing beautiful minty notes on the bouquet with time. This Barolo is more compact in terms of build than the others and more streamlined in the mouth, but it comes across as extremely delicate, light and elegant. There is a sweet spot on the close. This wine has a unique style that is both graceful and petite, and given ample time to breathe, it would put a smile on any Barolo lover's face.  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate




2015 E. Pira e Figli Barolo Via Nuova

Price: $112.50    Your Price: $99.00            Quantity in Stock: 30


(93 Points) The 2015 Barolo Via Nuova is a blend of fruit from Barolo, Monforte d'Alba and Serralunga d'Alba, and each site adds elegance, power and structure, respectively. The wine's taste profile in 2015 emerges as very minty and balsamic on first nose. Delicate notes of forest berry and wild cherry are followed by cooling medicinal herb. This warm vintage also adds a touch of cured meat or leather at the very back that hints at the heat of the vintage. Overall, this is the most accessible and near-term of Chiara Boschis's three Barolos reviewed this year. Monica Larner - The Wine Advocate




2015 E. Pira e Figli Chiara Boschis Barolo Mosconi

Price: $126.00    Your Price: $110.88          Quantity in Stock: 28


(94 Points) All of the wines from Chiara Boschis are more vinous this year, more natural. They feel authentic, genuine and traditional. They show an extra degree of richness or texture, and the 2015 Barolo Mosconi is no exception. Its dark and spicy notes are very polished and graceful in this vintage but with considerable tightness to the tannins that will soften with time. This wine offers ample volume and girth, but it carries its weight with elegance. Once the bottle has reached maturity, it would be a great pairing match to rabbit.  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate




2015 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate

Price: $300.00    Your Price: $264.00          Quantity in Stock: 21


(96 Points) The 2015 Barolo Brunate benefits from a thicker soil profile in this vineyard that consequently bumps the wine's aromatic intensity and staying power up a notch or two. This wine is almost crunchy in texture, with a subtle snap or crackle as it hits the palate. It shows enormous beauty and richness with a dark fruit profile followed by elements of spice, tar, tobacco and moist potting soil. There are floral notes as well with rose and lavender. This wine will reward those with the patience to wait. Wine Advocate

2015 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Tre Tine

Price: $295.00    Your Price: $259.60          Quantity in Stock: 48


(95 Point) This wine celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2016. Representing its 99th birthday, the 2015 Barolo Tre Tine is a blend of fruit from Ravera (60%), Le Coste (20%) and Cannubi San Lorenzo (20%). These sites encountered some challenges with hail in the 2014 vintage that resulted in a 30% loss of fruit. The Rinaldi family saw hail in the Brunate and Cerequio area in 2016. But the 2015 vintage saw smooth sailing and what winemaker Marta Rinaldi calls "a return to normalcy." She says fermentations proceeded beautifully and without any holdups. This Barolo opens to a medium-dark garnet color with bright fruit tones followed by licorice, tar and delicate balsam herb. The wine offers a degree of softness that comes through in the quality of the tannins and the texture of the mouthfeel. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Monica Larner 06282019




2015 Scavino Barolo Bric Del Fiasc

Price: $90.00       Your Price: $79.20

Wine Watch Tasting Notes:  1978 was the first vintage of this cru, 1921 they acquired this cru completely south exposure only 220 meters elevation 3.5 hectares the top of the hill of Fiasc and this wine has a good amount of red cherry liqueur like fruit, with only two producers loaded with exotic spices, a potpourri of floral notes, beautiful bouquet of aromas.  A big and chewy wine with a solid core of fruit here ripe round tannins and a host of that spice and earth note from the nose through the finish.  Finish 50+          KILLER




2015 Trediberri Barolo DOCG

Price: $45.00       Your Price: $39.60            Quantity in Stock: 65


(94 Points) Trediberri's 2015 Barolo is a wine of extreme and total finesse. A rush of bright, floral-infused notes brightness the sweet red cherry and raspberry fruit nicely. Exceptionally beautiful, nuanced and refined, the 2015 is a winner. The interplay of racy fruit and a classic sense of structure makes for a compelling Barolo. The 2015 is a blend of 80% Berri and 20% Capalot that spent 23 months in cask. What a pretty wine it is. -Antonio Galloni2020 - 2035




2015 Trediberri Barolo Rocche Dell'Annunziata DOCG

Price: $75.00       Your Price: $66.00            Quantity in Stock: 36


(93 Points) There are just 3,300 bottles (one cask and one tonneau) of the 2015 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata to go around. Powerful and ample, yet also wonderfully translucent, the 2015 shows plenty of Rocche character. The tonneau adds a bit of new oak influence that the wine doesn't really need, but that won't be an issue starting in 2018, when production goes up in conjunction with Oberto taking back parcels that his family previously leased to Ratti. "I can do much better than this," adds Oberto. The 2015 spent 27 days on the skins, including two weeks of post fermentation maceration, followed by 25 months in oak. Antonio Galloni2020 - 2035






Selection of Cheese:  Beemster Gouda, Parmesan Reggiano


Grilled Octopus with black Olive tapenade Blue fingerling potatoes and fresh mint


Australian Rack of lamb with Jalapeno Mint Jam and Sweet Potato Soufflé


Dark Chocolate covered Berries


The fee for this tasting is $250 + tax per person and there are only 14 spaces available for this event.  for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.





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