2006 Terre da Vino "Essenze" Barolo (Elsewhere $38)

SKU #1075049 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Essenza is a ripe expression of Nebbiolo from the 2006 vintage with earthy nuances, wild berry and pressed red rose. This Barolo offers very good dimension and overall depth of aroma, backed by a thicker, pulpier mouthfeel. The tannins are still young so let this wine age at least five more years.  (12/ 2010)

90 points James Suckling

 Firm and racy, with lots of plum and dried spice aromas and flavors. Medium body. Long finish. Better after 2012.  (1/ 2011)

Decanter

 Roasted chestnut, powerful oak, morello chery and spice bouquet. Closed on the palate but lots of oak flavour and grippy tannins. Modern; fruit is dense and rich. Alc: 14%. Drink 2013-18.  (1/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Terre da Vino is a co-operative that sources fruit from multiple different Barolo communes. The "Essenze" is a blend of individual crus from La Volta in Barolo, Ravera in Novello, Scarrone and Montanello in Castiglione Falletto, Bussia in Monforte and Annunziata in La Morra, some of Barolo's most famous vineyards. This is a full bodied wine, with lots of dense forward fruit, a touch of earth and classic Barolo structure and years of life ahead. It has enough fruit to enjoy now and a price that will allow you to experiment with some bottles!

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By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/10/2013  | Send Email
Itís BACK !! Grab it while you can. Ripe and laced with tobacco and gravel flavors as well as the leather and tar. Would drink now and over the couple of years.

By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/18/2012  | Send Email
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The 2006 Essenze Barolo is tremendous, it is a really classic Barolo, not a dumbed-down "$20" version of Barolo. This is the real McCoy! The wine has power, richness and that quintessential ethereal elegance, earth, leather and rose like aromatics that makes Barolo famous. This vintage shows real weight and power and although there are some tannins (this is Barolo) the wine is really approachable now, especially with food and will last for another decade easily. I love this wine with Italian style Pot Roast (Brasato al Barolo) or risotto with porcini mushrooms. This is a stunning deal and should not be passed up, yes... even for you purists!
Drink from 2011 to 2021

By: Adam Parry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/18/2012  | Send Email
A Barolo for 22 bucks? A must try for anyone who likes good wine at unbeatable prices.

By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/26/2011  | Send Email
This is a no brainer Barolo at a no brainer price (no brainer price for a Barolo I should add). We visited this "winery" last winter and it was quite startling after visiting so many small, family run estates producing wines underneath the house or in essentially converted garages. This place looked as if it could be running various expermiments for NASA or the Jet Propolsion Lab here in SoCal. But make no mistake; this is juice from some of the most esteemed vineyards in Barolo and tasting this wine blind, there is no way I would guess anything but well made Barolo or Barbaresco. Lots of the classic ripe cherry, tarry cherry pipe tobacco, cedar, licorice and game on the nose and palate, with firm but ultra fine tannins and a pleasant streak of acidity. Could be a little more dense and rich on the mid palate, but I would still be pleased if told this was in the $40 to $50 dollar range, so an absolute steal at this price. We sold out of this wine in less than a month last vintage so jump on this one quickly. CM

 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 2/18/2012 
Saturated ruby in the glass. Smoke, tar, roses, red cherry & spice coming off the nose. I've had this open for almost 2 hours & it's just now starting to show. Thank you Ilya for the decanting tip! A lip-smacking, juicy red fruit wine with still very strong tannin. This one could use several years in a cellar to resolve but is very delicious tonight & should be a brillaint companion to bison tri-tip & butternut squash risotto.

 By: Emme |  Review Date: 2/7/2012 
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Reminds me of Gattinara in the sense that the tannins are cranked up! Total Ballerina in boxing gloves. EXTREMELY good value. If you don't like forward tannins, you won't like this (and then I can buy it all for myself).
Drink from 2012 to 2022

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Varietal:

Nebbiolo

- 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.
Country:

Italy

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Piedmont

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Barolo

- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14