Private Collection: 2016 Barolo Part 1 (A-G)

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Part 1 of a treasure trove of the great 2016 Barolos, from a beautiful home cellar. 2016 continues to wow - the wines will repay more time in your cellar, but they show their precision, balance, and cut in ways that remind us of always-gorgeous 1989s. Looking over this list is a reminder of how many outstanding Barolos can still be had at fair prices - a perfect opportunity to build or add to your collection.

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Fratelli Alessandria 2016 Barolo Gramolere

Alessandria’s three single-vineyard wines are vinified the same way – 25 days +/- fermentation and maceration, aging in 20-50hl oak; they are object lessons in terroir. As a highly informed friend has said, the Gramolere is “very Monforte”: a broad-shoulders, warm natured, muscular wine with elegant tannin and pronounced minerality, and savory character. The Alessandria Gramolere is always an exciting wine; I'm planning on putting some in the cellar to get lost for a good 10-15 years. Jamie Wolff

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Fratelli Alessandria 2016 Barolo Monvigliero

Thanks mostly to the fame of Burlotto’s version, Monvigliero now appears on any list of Barolo’s “grand cru” vineyards. It’s a fabulous wine, and something very particular because of the super old-school winemaking (90 days of maceration, capo sommerso, etc) but it always feels like an ideal expression of the vineyard and of classic Barolo. Fortunately for all of us, there is also Alessandria’s Monvigliero – somewhat austere and elegant, but aromatic with red fruit and limestone – a very complete, pure, and delicious wine of real refinement. Grand cru indeed! Jamie Wolff

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Fratelli Alessandria 2016 Barolo San Lorenzo

Alessandria’s San Lorenzo (di Verduno, as opposed to the more famous San Lorenzo vineyard in the commune of Barolo) is the only one I’ve tasted – there are just a couple of other bottlings, by Cascina Flino and Daniele Pelassa which would be fun to taste because I love Alessandria’s version. Side-by-side with Monvigliero, San Lorenzo is a bit more open and relaxed, perhaps, as Vittore Alessandria says, “feminine, more delicate”. In any case a favorite of mine, and I  can't wait to taste the 2016. Jamie Wolff

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Boggione, Claudio 2016 Barolo Brunate

The 2016 Brunate is super-aromatic, hitting Nebbiolo’s typical indicators of bright cherry fruit, rose, rich earth/clay/limestone, some balsalm and minty notes; the wine develops even more complexity with air. To me it sings Brunate – that is, a wine with evident power and a serious nature, but also austerely elegant, and balanced between power and finesse without any strain or obvious effort. This is a classic wine that will repay some years in the cellar, but on day 1 it was very good, on day 2 excellent, and on the third day quite spectacular. This may not be the most practical schedule for home drinking, but pouring into a decanter or pitcher in the morning will yield a similar result by dinner time!I can’t resist pointing out that for a Barolo Brunate of this quality the price is very reasonable. Jamie Wolff

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