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2004 Vietti - Barolo Riserva Villero

ITALY / PIEDMONT / CASTIGLIONE FALLETTO
  • 96 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • Variety
    Nebbiolo
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SKU: 43890-2004-750-3A
  • Vinous | Rating: 97

    All of the elements that make the 2001 so attractive reappear in the 2004 Barolo Riserva Villero, only with even more expressiveness and character. The 2004 is showstopper loaded with class and pedigree. Endless layers of explosive fruit saturate the palate in this radiant, harmonious Barolo. Everything is simply in the right place, and there is just so much going on in the glass, in all direction. This is another dazzling effort from Vietti.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    Good bright red. Crushed cherry, dried flowers, minerals and menthol on the nose, complicated by spicy oak scents. Extremely tight, dry and penetrating, showing almost painful intensity today in spite of its velvety texture. Classic austere Barolo with a great, slowly mounting, vibrant finish and strong tannins that reach the front teeth. This will need long aging. Luca Currado, who told me that the 1996 bottling of this wine was not yet ready to drink, bottles his Villero as riserva because he feels it needs longer aging in casks than his other three Barolo cru bottlings; if he decides to declassify it, the juice goes into the next vintage of the Castiglione bottling, as the 2005 did.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2011
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    Smells enticing, exhibiting aromas of cherry and flowers that segue to the sweet spice, floral and tar aromas typical of a mature Barolo. The cherry flavor builds on the palate, backed by a stern structure. A touch austere on the finish now, with excellent potential.
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The recently-bottled 2004 Barolo Villero is simply awesome. A vivid, multi-dimensional wine, the Villero emerges from the glass with layers of dark cherries, spices, violets, smoke, minerals, licorice and tar. The level of precision and clarity here is simply mind-boggling. Readers will have to wait until 2011 to get their hands on this gem, but any bottle opened before 2016 (at the very earliest) is likely to be a purely academic exercise. The Villero spent a whopping 46 months in oak, virtually all of it large cask.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
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  • Decades of experience as vineyard tenders in Barolo provided the Vietti family with priceless information when they decided to go into the winemaking business in the early 1900s. The firm recently acquired an additional 7 hectares of vineyards, bringing their holdings to a total of 31. Their link to the land has been the catalyst for their vineyard-designate bottlings, which showcase Barolo's diverse terroir. The wines' finesse belies their extraordinary depth and complexity; Vietti firmly adheres to the classic style that makes the wines of Piedmont such a revelation to those patient enough to cellar them.

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    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 211 bottles owned
    • 22 collectors