Barolo vs Barbaresco: Vintage 2015

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Barolo vs Barbaresco: 2015 Barolo

2015 Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $54.00

94 Points James Suckling

Aromas of walnuts, dried strawberries, vanilla and cedar lead to a palate that has a smooth core of sweet red-plum and cherry flavors. This will fill out nicely in the next few years, around a core of really fresh and vibrant red fruit.

93 Points Decanter

This carefully crafted blend of various parcels is aged both in barriques and large casks. The nose is rich, even flamboyant, with cherry aromas and an opulent, oaky presence too. It’s velvety, full-bodied and highly concentrated, displaying energy and punch, managing to be both assertive and harmonious. The tannins are well integrated and the finish is chocolatey and long.

93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Monfalletto is a name registered to the Cordero di Montezemolo family. However, the 2015 Barolo Monfalletto actually sees most (about 70%) of its fruit come from the Gattera cru and the rest from the Annunziata vineyard, both located in La Morra. The family feels that Monfalletto could be its own MGA, but that never happened. In the portfolio lineup, this wine counts as the entry-level Barolo, or a “classico” Barolo, as this category is more appropriately known locally. The wine offers elegantly minty aromas with more red fruit aromas than black fruit per se. There are distinct floral notes of violets and rose bud that give the wine an immediately attractive and accessible personality.

93 Points Wine Enthusiast

Rose, iris, exotic spice, toast and balsamic notes of camphor mingle with whiffs of French oak. Full bodied with good intensity, the palate offers dried cherry, cranberry compote, coffee bean and licorice framed in tightly knit, closegrained tannins that leave a firm finish. Drink 2022–2027.

2015 Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $65.00

96 Points Wine Enthusiast

Enticing scents of ripe wild berry, star anise, menthol and fragrant blue flower mingle with whiffs of camphor and espresso. The smooth, precise palate offers crushed raspberry, Marasca cherry, licorice and dried botanical herbs alongside fine-grained tannins. Fresh acidity lifts the finish. Enjoy through 2027. LUX Wines. Editors’ Choice

95 Points Wine Spectator

A deep well of macerated cherry, plum, freshly cut grass, white pepper and tar flavors highlights this dense, muscular red. Quickly goes from enticing to closed down as the beefy tannins ply the finish. All the components are there. Best from 2022 through 2043.

93 Points James Suckling

The palate here has a very succulent and gently chalky edge with an array of fresh and dried cherries, spices and flowers. The palate has a juicy and succulent feel with fresh, musk-infused cherries, raspberries and anise.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

This is a beautifully fully and generous expression from a vineyard that has historically been farmed by the Ratti family of La Morra. The Marcenasco cru is located directly under the winery, and although it is not in the official list of MGA crus, the vineyard name is registered to this winery. In the 2015 Barolo Marcenasco, you get the full fruit and dark berry nuances of the vintage with pretty softness and approachable, supple tannins. This wine celebrated its 50th anniversary (1965-2015) with this vintage.

2015 Pio Cesare Barolo Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $82.00

96 Points Decanter

Dried flower petal nose with savory meaty hints, and captivating tension and freshness on the palate, of ripe and intense red berry-cherry fruit and harmonizing tannins.

96 Points James Suckling

Complex aromas of smoke, ash and dark fruits with a precision and intensity. Layered and gorgeous. Loads of dark fruit and perfume. Full-bodied with round and wonderfully polished tannins. Wonderful length and richness. Goes on for minutes.

94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2015 Barolo is a beautifully balanced and tight expression of Nebbiolo that hits all the right spots on the palate, from the side of the mouth where you taste the acidity to the back where you get a sense of the wine’s structure and integrated tannins. That freshness could pair well with a steak in pepper cream sauce. Long skin maceration times are followed by oak aging, partially in botti with a smaller part in barrique.

94 Points Wine Enthusiast

Camphor, cedar, mature berry and pipe tobacco aromas are front and center. The full-bodied, linear palate shows strawberry compote, wild cherry, licorice and white pepper framed in taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2020–2027.

Barolo vs Barbaresco: 2015 Barbaresco

In the Battle of Barol vs Barbaresco, Barbarescohas the softer side of Nebbiolo. Barbaresco ‘s are the Merloeasily compared to Merlot!


2015 Prunotto Barbaresco Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $45.00

92 Points James Suckling

Aromas of plums, berries and walnuts with hints of cedar. Medium-bodied, tangy and fruity with velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Tangy yet juicy. Drink in 2020.

92 Points Wine Enthusiast Editors’ Choice

Invigorating aromas of red berry, wild mint, camphor and a whiff of rose lead the nose on this radiant red. Focused and elegant, the savory palate doles out juicy red cherry, strawberry compote, orange zest and star anise alongside fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity. It’s ethereal and ready to enjoy now, but will also offer several years of drinking pleasure. Drink now–2025.

92 Points Wine Spectator

Pretty, high-toned aromas of macerated cherry, strawberry, rose and earth mark this taut, elegant red. Compact now, but stretches out nicely on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2038.

90 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

There is some medicinal and balsam herb in the 2015 Barbaresco that works well against the black and ripe cherry fruit at its core. However, the wine is lean and tight in the mouth. The fruit is shapely and round, making for an accessible approach overall


2015 Albino Rocca Barbaresco Ronchi Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $67.00

94 Points James Suckling

Aromas of blueberries and hot stones follow through to a full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh and vivid finish with lovely chocolate and hazelnuts. Clean and refined throughout.

94 Points Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of iris, rose red berry and baking spice lead the way. On the full-bodied but seemingly weightless palate, firm close-grained tannins support dried morello cherry, licorice and clove alongside a savory, almost salty note. Drink 2020–2030.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2015 Barbaresco Ronchi is driven by dark and succulent fruit. Aromas of blackberry, dried cherry, spice, tobacco and smoke come together in seamless fashion. The wine offers intensity and power, all lavished over an accessible and velvety mouthfeel. You especially taste the warm vintage on the finish with cherry confit and blackberry preserves.

92 Points Wine Spectator

A mix of sweet cherry, licorice and tar flavors, backed by dense tannins, this red has all the elements in the right proportions but will require time for them to come into balance. Fine length. Best from 2022 through 2038.