Calling all Barolo and Barbaresco fans: it's going to be a big summer. Containers have arrived and more are on the water, filled with many of the best wines from the legendary 2016 vintage. Expect to see more offers with many of our favorite producers...soon!
Before we dive into 2016 and speaking of favorite producers, Cantina del Pino Barbaresco Ovello 2015 is a wine you want to add to your collection. It is fabulous, period, and has dual 95s from trusted critics. And quickly we're back to 2016, with a tiny parcel of the 97-point Paolo Scavino Barolo Ravera '16. The feeding frenzy for '16s is going to be intense so get used to hearing "act quickly."
$53.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($59.95 regular)
95 points Vinous, Antonio Galloni: "Deceptive in its light-bodied color, the 2015 Barbaresco Ovello packs a serious punch. Dried flowers, mint, pine, herbs, crushed berries and chalk add striking top notes. I very much like the wine's sense of energy. In other words, this is classic Ovello Barbaresco built on laser-like focus and real nobility. It will appeal most to readers who enjoy structured wines that develop gradually with many years in bottle."
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Violet, star anise, woodland berry and camphor aromas lead the way on this elegant, firm red. The savory, linear palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, pomegranate, licorice and orange zest while taut, fine-grained tannins provide support. It's focused and balanced, with fresh acidity. Drink 2021–2030."
Us: I tasted this from cask in 2018 and it was spectacular then. As I often do, I find plenty of early appeal in it though it will definitely reward a little or a lot of cellar time
$69.25 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($76.95 regular)
97 points Vinous, Antonio Galloni: "Tense, brilliant and finely sculpted, the 2016 has so much going on. Crushed flowers, iron, mint and cedar add beguiling aromatic breadth to a core of translucent, intense Nebbiolo fruit. The 2016 really captures the energy that makes wines from this site so distinctive. The 2016 was fermented in stainless steel and aged entirely in cask."