This Barolo classico is impossible to resist right out of the gate. Its flavors of red cherry and blood orange are tart and crisp, tinged in notes of mint and white pepper that add to the wine’s freshness and verve. Finely cut tannins keep the flavors in balance yet never impede the fruit tones. The wine reflects the steps that Vittore Alessandria has taken in the last five years to boost its quality, such as using only first-press wine and aging it for 33 months as he does with his single-cru Barolos. The 2016 (the last vintage of this wine—in 2017 it will become a Barolo del Comune del Verduno) combines elegance and energy in a way that makes this one of the vintage’s best, a wine to buy by the case and enjoy as it develops over the next decade.
North Berkeley Imports, Berkeley, CA
Fratelli Alessandria 2016 Barolo
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