2008 Cantine Ascheri Barolo

SKU #1122549 91 points James Suckling

 A wine with really lovely fruit and a citrus and berry character. Full body, with firm tannins and a juicy finish. Long and delicious. So pretty, balanced. Drink now. So right now.  (4/ 2010)

89 points Wine Spectator

 This medium-weight red boasts flavors of cherry, currant, tar and earth. Though rich, this shows an element of austerity on the firm finish. Best from 2014 through 2022.  (11/ 2012)

K&L Notes

A great introduction to Barolo that won't make it feel like your wallet is hemorrhaging, the Cantine Ascheri has Nebbiolo's classic rose and tar aromas underpinned with lots of exotic spice and hints of camphor. On the palate, there's lovely red fruit with hints of anise delivered on a bed of acidity and well-integrated tannins. "Classic, old school Barolo at a steal of a price. Highly recommended." (Chris Miller, K&L Italian Wine Specialist)

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By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/14/2013  | Send Email
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This is a beautiful expression of the 2008 vintage in Barolo and that vintages is turning out to be one of my favorite vintages in recent years. The wines are balanced, full of classic aromatics and flavors yet showing enough character and complexity in a drink now wine that would satisfy most Barolo lovers and still show flavors that are reminiscent of bygone decades. This Ascheri is elegant, I mean by that it has grace not that it is lightweight, ok by Paso Robles standards it isn't a "BIG" wine but certainly full-bodied, yet doesn't have the mouth searing tannins of Barolo past. Perfect accompaniment to Risotto with Porcini or Barolo al Brasato (Pot Roast).
Drink from 2013 to 2025

By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/26/2013  | Send Email
I worked with the 2006 vintage of this wine and was just stunned by the price to quality ratio. I mean, gorgeous, complex, very traditonal leaning but still juicy and round, well structured but velvety Barolo for 30 dollars? I bought all I could when I got last call on it, enough that I missed out on the 2007 vintage. The importer assured me however that the 2008 was the best of the three vintages. Naturally, that's what all importers say about the current vintage. But I went ahead and took his word for it and brought in an initial five cases then popped a bottle to see if he was right. wow, Wow, WOW!!! Was he right indeed! Much like the 2006 but with even more sweet fruit and stuffing on the mid palate. Perfectly ripe tannins and lovely overall balance. I would be thoroughly impressed with this wine at double the price. An utter steal at $29.99. Drinking beautifully now but will benefit from another 5 to 10 years in the bottle, so stuff a bunch in both the front and back of your cellar. CM

 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 8/3/2013 
Soft ruby red in the glass. I love the aromatics on this! Loads of tar, rose & clove spice waft from the nose. This is very ethereal. The attack is brimming with lip smacking red raspberry fruits. The structure is predominantly acid with grippy, yet moderate tannin. It closes with an accented spice note & a little heat. This certainly has life ahead of it but with a hearty meal is ready for the table tonight!

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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.
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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.