2010 Seghesio Barolo

SKU #1165814 91 points Wine Spectator

 Licorice, wild herbs and tar accent the core of cherry flavors in this rich, firmly structured red. Fresh, if not that expressive now, with a long finish that matches sweet fruit and dense tannins. Best from 2018 through 2032. (BS)  (11/2014)

90 points James Suckling

 Freshly ripened red plums with a layer of leather and earth on the nose. Dried mushrooms and a slightly minty palate. Better in 2016.  (8/2014)


 Seghesio's 2010 Barolo is a gorgeous, mid-weight Barolo to drink now and over the next handful of years. Sweet tobacco, dried rose petal, mint and licorice all take shape in a very pretty, nuanced Barolo that is drinking beautifully right now. (AG)  (9/2014)

K&L Notes

2010 is an outstanding vintage for Barolo. There are so many choices for your cellar, and frequently Barolo from great vintages is destined for the bottom of your cellar and long term aging. But not this one! The Fratelli Seghesio vineyards are in Monforte d’Alba, the center of the Barolo appellation, and they are famous for their Barolo crü La Villa. Additionally, they also make a wine from the younger vines and a portion of the vineyard facing to the south-east. This 2010 Seghesio Barolo DOCG is that product and is destined for drinking in the first 10+ years of its life. In great vintages like 2010 it is absolutely delicious and drinkable now. The nose is full of classic aromas: the ethereal rose petals, wild cherries and a hint of smoky underbrush; on your tongue the wine is supple, it still says Barolo with its palate presence as a veil of tannin brushes the inside of your mouth but the wine's luscious fruit is what centers its flavors. The warm, inviting flavors are balanced and smooth and make this wine so easy to drink - you’ll be reaching for a second bottle. Then there’s the price... this wine normally sells $35-$40 but at this price it is a deal you just can’t pass up! Drink from 2014 to 2018. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/24/2014 | Send Email
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This is an absolutely delicious wine and remarkably drinkable now! The Brothers Seghesio have really knocked it out of the park with this wine, aromatically enchanting, full of strawberry and accented by hints of earth and leather. On the palate the wine is supple and smooth with a wonderful palate presence and as more of the complex fruit begins to blossom it is followed by a truffle, smoky, woodsy character that is full of spice while it begins to show a delicate veil of tannin in the finish. Although this wine is drinkable now you’ll be able to drink it over the next 3-6 years. I love this wine with Porcini laced pasta or risotto or with braised meats.
Drink from 2014 to 2020

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2014 | Send Email
Wow what a great intro to Barolo at a steal of a price! Fresh accessible bramble fruits, spice, supple leather and fine tannins. Very much a mid-weight wine, pretty, floral and elegant but with plenty enough structure and grip to go with rich foods. This wine shows the brightness and quality of the 2010 Barolo vintage without breaking the bank or requiring you to wait half a lifetime to drink it!
Drink from 2014 to 2024

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2014 | Send Email
Exceptional vintages like 2010, truly bring out the best in elegant Barolos like those of Aldo and Riccardo Seghesio. This beauty from the hills of Monforte combines the richness of fruit and overall depth of the vintage with skillful winemaking and the result is a Barolo brimming with flavor, polished tannins and an incredible price/value ratio. A Barolo of this quality under $30 is simply a steal.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2014 | Send Email
From the Great 2010 vintage this wine brings aromas of dried cherry, and rose’s and on the palate you will find raspberries, tar, tobacco, truffle, and a little Langhe dust with a good tannin structure. I love the elegance to this wine, and with all of its varietal purity here, I still might want to decant it for a couple hours or can even age for a couple of years (up to five or six years if you are that patient), and I am thinking it would show best with a wild mushroom risotto or a barbecue tri-tip.

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- Tar and roses are the two descriptors most associated with this red grape grown, almost solely, in Italy's Piedmont, where it has achieved fame under the guises of the incredibly and age-worthy wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Characterized by chewy tannins, high acidity, high-tone cherry and raspberry fruit and truffle aromas and flavors, Nebbiolo has rightfully earned its reputation. Sadly the late-ripening varietal is quite delicate and is prone to disease as well as damage by hail that frequently pelts the region. Outside of Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is grown in the DOCs of Gattinara, Spanna and Ghemme. The Nebbiolos of the Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC in the southeastern part of Piedmont are generally lighter and more immediately approachable versions of the grape, aged for less time than Barolo and Barbaresco, which also makes them less expensive. Langhe Nebbiolos are generally made from declassified fruit from the aforementioned regions of Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo d'Alba.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.
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- Made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes, these wines take their name from the village of Barolo. A maximum of 205,000 cases per year can be made from 3081 acres of land divided between 11 communes and more than 1200 growers. La Morra, Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Monforte and Serralunga are the most important communes and produce most of the exported wine. Barolo is a powerhouse wine in some communes but also more delicate in others (La Morra is the most delicate and Serralunga the most powerful). Recent technological and viticultural advances are remaking Barolo into a wine that is more consistent balanced. Producers here do not want to change the flavor or feel of their wines, only improve and eliminate poor winemaking technique. A wine of great perfume, body and size the classic nose of "tar and roses". Barolo is best served with roast meats the Piemontese classic would be "Stracotto del Barolo or pot roast cooked with a Barolo, game birds or powerful cheese.