2009 Damilano "Lecinquevigne" Barolo

SKU #1144844 91 points Antonio Galloni

 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.  (10/ 2013)

90 points 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.  (6/ 2013)

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By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/14/2013  | Send Email
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Well you don't find many Barolo in this price range but this is really a steal. This classic styled Barolo has wonderful rose accented fruit up front, great balance on the palate with hints of leather and porcini and a long distinctive finish. The wine is aged 80% in big Slavonian Oak barrels and 20% in used barrique, the vineyards used for this wine are from 30-50 years old and it is best served at 60 degrees. I love this wine with braised Lamb or Veal shank or even Pot Roast accompanied with a bit of risotto!
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By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/7/2013  | Send Email
Deep red with ruby tones. Aromas of marzipan, brown spices, dried rose and truffle. Suave and sweet, with a liqueur-like ripeness to the flavors of red fruits, marzipan, brown spices, menthol and leather. Nicely integrated acidity accentuates the wine's inner-mouth perfume and contributes to an impression of firm structure. Love this Barolo, drink now and over the next few years.

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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 (%): 14.5