2006 Aldo Conterno "Cicala" Barolo (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $100)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Barolo Cicala is another serious, austere Barolo that is tightly wound at this stage. Here the fruit is darker and more intense than in the Colonnello, while the aromatics tend towards menthol, pine, spices and all things balsamic. Sweet, powerful and layered, the 2006 Cicala finishes with a blast of roasted coffee beans, licorice and mint. This is an absolutely wonderful, complete Barolo from Aldo Conterno. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031.
A beautiful red, balancing its sweet cherry, berry, floral and spice flavors effortlessly with the vibrant, firmly structured frame. Remains elegant through the long rose- and strawberry-infused aftertaste. Terrific harmony. Best from 2012 through 2030.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep red. Reticent, musky aromas of black cherry, game, tar and licorice; sweet but youthfully closed. Then much more backward and hard to taste than the Colonnello, showing a wilder quality and less early sweetness of fruit. Serious tannins currently give the finish a toughness. This will need a decade of aging. (93+)