Medium red. Raspberry and baking spices on the nose; less oak-dominated and more perfumed than the Castello di Novello. Then sweet, pliant and rather stylish, with nicely integrated acidity giving the red fruit and spice flavors good life in the mouth. Finishes juicy and persistent; the firm tannins will require four or five years of cellaring.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: November/December 2004
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93
The 2001 Barolo Le Coste, which I tasted from magnum, is very representative of the modern school of Barolo ten years ago. The wine saw just three days of fermentation/maceration and was aged in 50% new barrels. I may have underestimated the 2001 when it was young, or perhaps it is the magnum format that has contributed to the wine's freshness, but either way, the wine is simply brilliant. The 2001 is laced with plums, black cherries, tobacco, spices and graphite. I wouldn't hang onto the 2001 much longer, as it is fully mature. Still, there is enough intensity for the wine to drink well for a handful of years. This is a hugely pleasing Barolo from Ferruccio Grimaldi. Hints of tar and leather add complexity on the finish.
Author: Antonio Galloni
Wine Spectator | Rating: 96
Wonderful aromas of plums, tobacco and Indian spices. Full-bodied, with a fabulous intensity of fruit and big, silky tannins. Goes on and on. Massive wine. This is superb. As great as 2000.
Tighter than the 2001 Sotto Castello Novello with a medium garnet color. Rose, some oak, |redwood|, and high toned red fruit aromas. Quite round in the mouth with reasonably plush tannin. Acids are high but acceptable. Nicely concentrated fruit.