Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Best Value in Barolo?



~ Vigneto Liste in Barolo ~

Damilano has been producing wines in the Langhe for years, but only recently have they been garnering the attention they deserve and the accolades that come with increases in quality and export. 
 
I first tasted the subject of today's article last January, back at Slow Wine-VinItaly.  Even then, the elegance of this wine was evident and I'd suggest that it hasn't changed in the least since then, and if so, it's only gotten better.  
 
Damilano sources fruit for their Barolo from some of the regions best vineyards: Liste, Brunate, Cerequio, and Cannubi among the rest.  As the name of this wine implies, it's a blend of five of those vineyards. 


~ Damilano's Vineyard in Brunate ~

 
The 2008 Damilano LeCinqueVigne Barolo is a dark crimson color with faint orange bricking toward the rim of the glass.  The wine was decanted about 30 minutes before dinner. No sediment was yet present in the bottle. The aromas leap from the glass. Crushed cherry, fresh fennel, eucalyptus, anise and asian spices are plentiful.  On the palate is where this wine really shines. Given it's youth, it's remarkably accessible.  Elegant, graceful, with full bodied berry fruit framed by exotic spice, slight mushroom and earthy notes, it glides gracefully from start to finish.  Juicy acidic structure is complemented by moderate tannins.  As the title of this article implies, you'd be hard pressed to find a better value in a Barolo. 
 
From the wine list at Grace Steakhouse in Fort Worth Texas, this was merely $78.  Retail should have thus under $40.  Yes, you read that right.  Seek this one out.  93 points. 


~ Damilano: Le Cinque Vigne Barolo ~
Allora!

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