A classic. Very subdued on the nose although a distinct note of cocoa slowly emerges. Excellent, dense palate of rich dark red fruits, with notes of menthol and minerals closing with a gorgeous fresh finish and lots of youthful tannins. Satisfying and delicious, this is what traditional Barolo is all about.
Author: Antonio Galloni
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88
Aromas of roses, berries, meat and light cedar. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a cigar box, meat and prune finish. Slightly disappointing for this producer but clearly a very good wine.
Author: James Suckling
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91
Good full red. Cherry, rose petal, menthol, brown spices, licorice and a note of beeswax on the nose (|always balsamic, like entering a church,| says Marchetti). Then much tighter on the palate and dominated by its structure today, with hints of dark fruits, mint and licorice. Not nearly as lush or sweet today as La Serra. The very firm tannins reach the front teeth. This young 2001 is already closing down in the bottle. (Empson U.S.A. Alexandria VA
notes from PJ wines: cellar for 20-25 yrs (2021-2026) note: much less showy today than La Serra. Then rich, chewy, sweet and dense in the mouth, with bound-up flavors of dark fruits and camphor. Considerably deeper and more structured than La Serra, but these tannins will also require substantial bottle aging.