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Barbera d'Alba Superiore Scassa 2016

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Anno di pubblicazione 2019
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91

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The 2016 Barbera d’Alba Superiore Scassa is a meaty red wine to pair with simple beef or pork dishes. This Barbera is characterized by a dark concentration (from 12 days of skin maceration), a sweet tone of blackberry fruit and plum and integrated notes of spice, tar and licorice. It is aged for up to 15 months in tonneaux. You’ll appreciate the soft, fruit richness. Some 25,000 bottles were made.

Barolo Badarina 2015

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Anno di pubblicazione 2019
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93+

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This wine has already evolved to show some tar and savory aromas. The 2015 Barolo Badarina offers pretty color saturation with linear and fresh lines of plum, black fruit, dark spice and tilled earth. The wine delivers much of the heft and power promised by this Badarina cru in Serralunga d’Alba. If you’re looking for a Barolo vintage to pair with a rich meat like liver or game, this could be the one. This is Bruna Grimaldi’s flagship Barolo, as her mother was born in Badarina and this site has always had special meaning to her family. Some 8,000 bottles were produced.

Barolo Badarina Riserva 2013

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Anno di pubblicazione 2019
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92

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With fruit from Serralunga d’Alba, the 2013 Barolo Riserva Badarina shows a darkly concentrated appearance with a ripe—but also evolved—bouquet that prizes dark blackberry fruit, cherry confit and dried prune. There is a rich and chewy side of this wine that feels a little heavy on the finish with sour fruit, maybe a little too much so. The wine feels further along its evolutionary track compared to other Riservas from this vintage. I prefer the non-Riserva expression from Badarina from the 2015 vintage. This wine, however, is only made in the best years and represents a special selection of fruit from Vigna Regnola in the Badarina cru. A mere 1,800 bottles were made. The next vintage to be released will be 2016.

Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2015

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Anno di pubblicazione 2019
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92+

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From the less-traveled Roddi township, the 2015 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio is a balanced and pretty expression that shows floral aromas of wild rose and pressed violets, followed by wild berry and blackcurrant. The wine is simple and straightforward in delivery with a clean and accessible personality. Bruna and Franco Grimaldi purchased this vineyard site in 2006, and this wine has improved in complexity and depth with each vintage that I taste. Some 6,000 bottles are made.

Barolo Camilla 2015

Rivista Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
Anno di pubblicazione 2019
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91

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The 2015 Barolo Camilla reveals two sides of the Nebbiolo coin: You get plenty of rich primary fruit on the one hand, with slightly evolved tertiary notes on the other. This Barolo represents a pretty intersection between those two sides, and the convergence of aromas is ultimately what gives this wine its complexity. I would suggest a near or medium-term drinking window. Some 17,000 bottles were produced.

Barbera d'Alba Superiore Scassa 2015

Rivista Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
Anno di pubblicazione 2018
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91+

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This is a terrific expression of Barbera from a warm vintage that is well suited to the variety. The 2015 Barbera d’Alba Superiore Scassa opens to deep, dark and savory tones with ample richness and concentration at the rear. Some 23,000 bottles were produced. On the close, the wine veers toward a savoury or smoky personality that suits it nicely. This wine stays in reduction during winemaking but becomes suddenly explosive and bright when poured into the glass. Drink 2018-2024. (Monica Larner).

Barolo Badarina 2014

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Anno di pubblicazione 2018
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93

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This wine comes from a 1.8-hectars plot in Serralunga d’Alba. The 2014 Barolo Badarina benefits from southeast exposures for greater power and textural richness. The bouquet offers earthy aromas of truffle, forest floor and tangy berry on the close. Those hearty soil or rust-like aromas are often more present in Nebbiolo from this celebrated village. Ultimately, this wine is long and profound, with pretty menthol notes on the finish. Drink 2020-2035. (Monica Larner).

Barolo Badarina Riserva 2012

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Anno di pubblicazione 2018
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93

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This wine was produced in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. We will see it next time in 2016. The 2012 Barolo Riserva Badarina is the darling among this portfolio of new releases from Bruna Grimaldi. Unlike the 2009 vintage, this edition runs super smooth and clean across the senses. This vintage delivers a hearty core of dark fruit and spice surrounded by cola and black truffle. Pretty mineral detailing appears on the finish. Drink 2020-2035. (Monica Larner)

Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2014

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Anno di pubblicazione 2018
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91

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The 2014 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio is a noteworthy expression that immediately jumps out, thanks to the rich intensity and structure it displays. This cooler vintage has shaped a wine with ample backbone to support dark fruit, spice and licorice. However, despite that immediate girth and power, this wine reveals amore ethereal and delicate approach on closer inspection. The final words spoken here are subtle and soft. Drink 2020-2035. (Monica Larner).

Barolo Camilla 2014

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Anno di pubblicazione 2018
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91

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Camilla is the name of a vineyards plot in Grinzane Cavour (along the small road at the back of the winery) that is only farmed by Bruna Grimaldi and her family. The 2014 Barolo Camilla Shows very nice results with delivate and soft fruit. The vines are 40 years old and the bouquet is especially marked by floral tones of rose hip and pressed violets. Skin maceration times are extended up to 30 days, but this expression of Nebbiolo remains silky and compact nonetheless. Drink 2020-2030, (Monica Larner).

Nebbiolo d'Alba 2016

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Anno di pubblicazione 2018
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90

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This is a fruit-forward and well-priced red to serve informally at home with family and friends. The 2016 Nebbiolo d’Alba offers a very crisp and lively quality of fruit with loads of blueberry and wild cherry at the center. The wine is also floral in essence with rose oil or lavender potpourri. A salty mineral note on the finish helps to keep the palate revived and refreshed. Drink 2018-2022. (Monica Larner).

Barolo Badarina 2010

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Anno di pubblicazione 2014
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91

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A wine that makes a great first impression, the 2010 Barolo Badarina shows a ripe and dense quality of fruit when tasted next to Bruna Grimaldi’s other two Barolo releases. With fruit from one of the best performing vineyards in Serralunga d’Alba, Badarina is a fleshy and curvaceous expression with dark cherry nuances backed by spice, Spanish cedar, black licorice and dried mint. In keeping with the house style, the mouthfeel shows extreme elegance and finesse. It promises a long evolutionary course ahead. Drink: 2016-2030. (Monica Larner).

Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2010

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Anno di pubblicazione 2014
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91

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Showing a light garnet color from the onset, the 2010 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio treads in light, steady steps with pretty shadings of dried flower, spice, dried mint, licorice and tobacco. This Barolo shows the youthfulness of the Nebbiolo grape at this young stage and will require five to ten more years to enter a more generous stage in its aromatic evolution. The tannins are silky and already show impressive integration. Drink: 2016-2026. (Monica Larner).

Barolo Camilla 2010

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Anno di pubblicazione 2014
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90

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The 2010 Barolo Camilla opens to a luminous garnet color and shows feminine aromas of pressed blue flower, dried cherry, lightly toasted almond and dry earth. The wine sees 30 months in tonneaux and botte grande for a style that veers closer to the traditional side of the Barolo scale. This winemaking approach is especially evident in the mouth where Camilla is silky and relatively lightweight. Drink: 2016-2025. (Monica Larner).

Barbera d'Alba Superiore Scassa 2010

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Anno di pubblicazione 2013
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86

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The 2010 Barbera d’Alba Superiore Scassa is a little complicated on the nose and slightly disjointed in places. Bright blackberry and cherry are backed by spice, leather and bitter almond. The wine needs a year or two to find its footings. However, the freshness and crisp acidity shine through nicely. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2018. (Monica Larner).

Barolo Badarina 2008

Rivista Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
Anno di pubblicazione 2013
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91

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From one of the most celebrated crus on the southwest side of Serralunga d’Alba, the 2008 Barolo Badarina opens with a bold presentation of dark fruit, Indian spice, licorice, cedar and clove. The wine shows thick structure and notable texture on the close. This looks to be a relatively early-maturing Barolo. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.

Barolo Badarina Vigna Regnola 2006

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Anno di pubblicazione 2013
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95

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The 2006 Barolo Riserva Badarina Vigna Regnola is a fine and gracious wine, with deep layers and striking complexity. The style is noticeably bigger and bolder and the quality of the fruit is bright and intense. Dried cherries, red currant, cedar, cinnamon and garden herbs play supporting roles. The finish is layered with dark, velvety texture. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025. (Monica Larner).

Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2009

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Anno di pubblicazione 2013
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89

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Seemingly more subject to the heat of the vintage, the 2009 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio bursts from the glass with ripe fruit, black cherry, cinnamon, leather and tobacco. Despite the intensity of the bouquet, the mouthfeel is less fleshed out. It feels tight and streamlined with firm tannic structure at the back. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

Barolo Camilla 2009

Rivista Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
Anno di pubblicazione 2013
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93

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The lovely 2009 Barolo Camilla opens to characteristic Nebbiolo aromas of wild berry, dried mint, licorice tar and pressed rose. The wine is elegant and feminine overall with fine, silky tannins at the rear. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

Dolcetto d'Alba 2011

Rivista Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
Anno di pubblicazione 2013
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88

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Bruna Grimaldi has done a terrific job with her 2011 Dolcetto d’Alba San Martino. The wine is cloaked in dark fruit and blackberry and shows inky, almost impenetrable concentration. Unlike other Dolcettos, the aromas go far beyond the chewy fruit ones you usually get with this grape. Instead, it offers finer tones of crushed mineral, spice, leather and dark rose. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016. (Monica Larner)

Barbera d'Alba Superiore Scassa 2006

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Anno di pubblicazione 2009
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87

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The 2006 Barbera d’Alba Superiore Scassa is a plump, juicy wine loaded with dark red fruit framed by sweet French oak. The wine offers good depth and persistence in an affable style perfect for drinking over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2012. (Antonio Galloni)

Barolo Badarina 2000

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Anno di pubblicazione 2005
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88

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Bruna Grimaldi’s 2000 Barolo Badarina Vigna Regnola is quite forward in its spicy, floral, and elegantly perfumed nose, its round, medium-weight body, and its soft, sweet finish. A Barolo to drink between 2005 and 2015.

Barolo Badarina 1999

Rivista Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
Anno di pubblicazione 2003
Punteggio

89

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Bright garnet and with a nose that combines much aromatic impact and the classic Nebbiolo varietal notes of roses, violets, and sweet licorice, plus some vanilla from the barrels, this 1999 Barolo is vigorous and sustained on the palate, firm in structure, concentrated, and with a controlled intensity that keeps the tannins from getting out of hand. It will need a bit of time, however – drink 2006-2018.