Good medium red. Reticent, slightly medicinal aromas of smoke, brown spices, dried flowers and oak. Sweeter and fatter than the basic bottling, with currant and plum flavors complicated by brown spices. This has a plump middle but is still more austere than the Arborina from Renato's younger brother Giuliano. Finishes with substantial tannins and lingering brown spices.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: November/December 2007
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
The 2004 Barolo Vigna Arborina presents a very typical profile of candied cherries, menthol, spices and sweet toasted oak. Initially quite clenched, the wine opens beautifully with air, revealing terrific depth and the firmer tannins that are characteristic of this site. This perfumed, fresh Barolo still needs at least another few years in bottle to come together. It is made from a southwest facing plot in the vineyard.
Author: Antonio Galloni
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94
Very ripe strawberry aromas, with hints of violet and black licorice. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and beautiful ripe fruit. Long and beautiful. There's so much there. Just hiding right now. Needs time.