2009 Damilano "Lecinquevigne" Barolo
Damilano's 2009 Barolo Lecinquevigne boasts serious depth and intensity. Dark cherry, plum, spices, mocha, menthol, tar and licorice meld together in a rich, powerful, intense entry-level wine. This is a fabulous effort for the year. The 2009 shows great intensity of color and fruit, with beautifully balanced, harmonious tannins. All in all, this is a terrific showing. It's great to see Damilano gradually moving to a style that gives more importance to terroir than winemaking. Damilano is one of the most important and visible families in Barolo, with a collection of top-notch parcels that is enviable. With those holdings, however, comes a responsibility to make wines that respect the quality and qualities of those sites. In my view, families like Damilano must be among the best in the zone, because if they aren't they damage the reputation of the entire region. These are some of the most beautiful Barolos I have tasted from Damilano. Hopefully they represent the future direction of the estate.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Always a great value, the 2009 Barolo Lecinquevigne shows ripe fruit and spicy oak tones at the back. Itís an immediate wine suitable for near-term consumption. It boasts a medium build with enticing layers of dried berry fruit, spice, licorice and wet earth. The toasted oak notes are reasonably well controlled. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020. Damilano enjoys access to some of the best fruit in Piedmont. They own a whopping 73 hectares including important holdings in arguably the three most celebrated crus of Barolo/La Morra: Brunate, Cerequio and Cannubi. They are in the enviable position of being able to offer a wide selection of wines, each one an expression of an individual territory, and they also deliver very respectable entry-level Barolos.