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2004 Poderi Rocche Manzoni Valentino Barolo Big D Big
(94 Points) The estateâ€™s 2004 Barolo Big â€™d Big is an expansive wine loaded with primary fruit. Although it doesnâ€™t show the complexity of the Santo Stefano it does offer tons of fruit in a big, powerful style. Here, too, the oak is very well integrated. The wine shows remarkable balance and poise with awesome textural richness and power. Notes of smoke, tobacco, earthiness and licorice emerge with air, but this remains a distinctly fruit-driven style of Barolo typical of the Mosconi vineyard. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.
Proprietor Rodolfo Migliorini has endured a series of personal tragedies that no one should ever have to experience. The separate losses of his mother, father and brother in just over a year is truly saddening. Hopefully Migliorini might find some small comfort in knowing that this is the finest set of wines his estate has ever produced. The 2004 Barolos are particularly impressive from top to bottom. The wines possesses more transparency than I have ever seen here. The estate still favors 100% new French oak but prior to bottling most of the wines spent 6-12 months in 2-3 year old larger French-oak casks, which has given the wines an extra dimension of transparency. The Santo Stefano, Vigna dâ€™ la Roul, Riserva 10 Anni and Pianpolvere Soprano Barolos all spent or will spend some time in cask, while the Big â€˜d Big is now the only Barolo to be aged exclusively in barrique. Wine Advocate # 179 Oct 2008
List Price: $100.00
Sale Price: $85.00
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