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2014 Barolo: Late Releases

Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2018

The 2014 Barolo vintage offers readers plenty of intriguing options, although a little work is required to cull out the gems and avoid wines that were affected by a growing season with some of the most challenging conditions in recent memory. In a few cases, growers decided not to bottle some or all of their top single-vineyard wines, making a number of the entry-level Barolos particularly compelling. I remain just as excited by the top 2014 Barolos as I was when I first started tasting the wines in November of that year.

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Cellar Favorite: 1955 Cantina Mascarello Barolo

Italy: Piedmont, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2018

What a thrill it is to taste Cantina Mascarello’s 1955 Barolo from a perfectly stored and cared for bottiglione, a traditional Piedmontese large format that is no longer used.

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Barbaresco – Out of the Shadows: The 2016s & 2015s

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2018

I came away from my late summer tastings of Barbarescos deeply impressed. Reference-point estates are upping their game, while a number of ambitious, young winemakers are making significant improvements in quality. The 2016 Barbarescos, wines from a potentially historic vintage, are hugely promising. As I traveled from producer to producer, I experienced that sense of excitement and energy I always feel when in the presence of important vintages and wines.

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Malvirà Roero Arneis Vigna Renesio: 2007 – 2015

Verticals & Retrospectives, Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont, featured

Ian D'Agata, Oct 2018

Arneis is an Italian native white grape that can give remarkably charming wines with early appeal and juicy fruitiness. Malvirà’s outstanding Vigna Renesio bottling shows that Arneis can also produce layered, ageworthy wines.

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Book Excerpt - Barolo MGA Vol. I, 2nd Edition

Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont, featured

Alessandro Masnaghetti, Sep 2018

The 2nd edition of Barolo MGA, The Barolo Great Vineyard Encyclopedia is the result of a quarter century of study, unlocking the mysteries of why Barolo's soil produces such profound wines. Representing an incredible 11 years of work, it demands a place in the library of anyone who loves Barolo. And that includes owners of the 1st edition.

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Cellar Favorite: 1971 Cantina Mascarello Barolo

Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2018

The 1971 Barolo from Cantina Mascarello is a relic from a time when Piedmont was a very different place than it is today, in many more ways than one.


Omaggio a Beppe Rinaldi

Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2018

"Il Barolo deve essere un vino austero, potente, senza frutta", mi diceva spesso Beppe Rinaldi. Nelle sue mani, i vini erano spesso così. Ma parlare del vino è quasi superfluo quando si guarda indietro alla vita straordinaria dell'uomo che fu prima di tutto un'icona culturale ed intellettuale, ed un produttore di vino solamente in secondo luogo. Purtroppo, Rinaldi ha perso la sua battaglia con la malattia pochi giorni prima del suo settantesimo compleanno. Lascia un retaggio ricco e sfaccettato che vivrà per sempre sotto la guida di sua moglie, Annalisa, e le figlie Marta e Carlotta.


A Tribute to Beppe Rinaldi

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Antonio Galloni, Sep 2018

“Barolo must be an austere, powerful wine, without fruit,” Beppe Rinaldi often told me. In his hands, the wines were often just that. But to talk about wine is almost superfluous in looking back at the remarkable life of a man who was first and foremost a cultural and intellectual icon, and a winemaker a close second. Sadly, Rinaldi lost his battle with illness a few days short of his seventieth birthday. He leaves behind a rich, multi-faceted legacy that will live forever under the stewardship of his wife, Annalisa, and daughters Marta and Carlotta.

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Cellar Favorite: 1971 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo

Piedmont, Italy: Piedmont, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2018

The essence of old-school Barolo. That pretty much sums up the Barolo Battista Rinaldi crafted in 1971. From the moment it is opened, the 1971 is special.


Vinous Table: Il Cascinale Nuovo, Isola d'Asti, Italy

Italy: Piedmont, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2018

In all of the years I have been visiting Piedmont I have never dined at Il Cascinale Nuovo, a local institution that celebrates its fiftieth birthday in 2018. What an oversight. I won’t let that happen again.