2007 Aldo Conterno "Cicala" Barolo (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $110)
This is stunning, with licorice, flowers and dark fruits all over. Full and super silky and sexy. I am in love with this wine already. It will age for decades, but it is so in harmony and beautiful now. Gorgeous.
Scented with black cherry and plum, this international-style red shows plenty of smoky, toasty oak on the palate. It's rich, with sweet fruit, ample power and complexity, but will take some time to integrate the tannins. Best from 2016 through 2035.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Barolo Cicala is every bit as compelling as the Colonello, although it is completely different in its personality. Here the poor soils yield a massively tannic Barolo infused with minerals, violets, menthol, tar and new leather. While the Colonello is a more overt, fruit-driven Barolo, the Cicala plays off its structural components to a far greater degree. The wineís inner perfume and minerality dazzle from start to finish. This is another magnificent Barolo from Aldo Conterno. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2032.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated red-ruby color. Deeper, warmer aromas than the Colonnello, showing strong minerality but a bit lower-toned nonetheless. Very rich and large-scaled wine with extravagant sweetness to its very ripe flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate, leather and smoke. This doesn't have the acidity of the 2008 Cicala but the tannins are more harmonious today. Finishes very rich and very long, with big but nicely buffered tannins.