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94-Point, Sub-$45 Barolo From An Under-The-Radar-Estate - 04/21/2017 - Italy

While Agostino Bosco may not be the biggest name in Barolo that shouldn’t deter you one bit from exploring the wines from this small and well regarded estate. Their 94-point, 2012 "La Serra" is a shining example of the brilliant work being done at this estate and given its special discounted pricing this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. With single-site Barolo increasingly in the $60 to $100 range it is refreshing to find one that doesn’t climb above $50. But price is only half the story here, as the wine is lovingly crafted showing all the Barolo goodness one expects. Some dusty tannins give it some grip now and convey its strong potential for some serious long-term aging. Among one of the favorites at James Suckling’s “Great Wines of Italy” event, this is a bottle that clearly has easy mass appeal.

A dark and burly style of Barolo it packs plenty of punch while at the same time with a platform that allows subtle ancillary flavors to flourish. The chalky soils of “La Serra” add a distinctly mineral component which delightfully carries from the first sip and well into the long finish. Barolo fans are going to absolutely flip over this stunning value. We liked it so much we went ahead and loaded up with as much as we could, but given the limited production, there’s still not that much to go around. If you are on the hunt for a great classically style Barolo, we strongly recommend you give this La Serra a spin.

2012 Agostino Bosco

2012 Agostino Bosco "La Serra" Barolo ($44.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Lots of ripe strawberry, licorice, aniseed and rose petal on the nose. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Vibrant and muscular for the vintage. Slightly better than the already excellent 2011. Try in 2020." (03/2016)

91 points Vinous: "Bosco Agostino's 2012 Barolo La Serra is a very pretty La Morra Barolo. Dark cherry, tobacco, smoke, licorice and leather are front and center. The La Serra tannins, often quite pronounced in wines from this site, are nicely integrated. I would prefer to drink the 2012 sooner rather than later. This is an especially dark style for La Morra. That said, there is plenty to like. (AG)" (11/2016)

Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 29, 2017

While the 2012 vintage kept winemakers on their toes, a few months of high heat brought intensity and boldness to the La Serra Barolo. The nose is layered with leather and dark ripe fruit with just tiny hints of the classic floral as the wine opens up. The strong tannic structure is matched with a higher alcohol than some previous vintages and some gentle acidity to lift the palate. While the wine is currently full of complexity, I think that some of it's potential is masked behind its adolescence. Definitely a wine to be patient with.

John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 24, 2017

If you are in the market for an outstanding Barolo that can be enjoyed now and also cellar well for the next few years, this one is ideal. The Agostino Bosco "La Serra" is flavorful and lively with loads of juicy cherry fruit and a fine spine of ripe tannins and solid acidity. It also boasts the classic Barolo aromas of tar, roses, dried florals and earth. Thanks to their thoughtful winemaking and aging, the oak takes a back seat allowing the fruit to truly shine. Don't miss out.

Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 20, 2017

Grab it while you can. Ripe and laced with tobacco and gravel flavors as well as leather and tar. Lots of tannin structure Would drink now ( Six to eight hours of decanting) and over the couple of years.

Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

The nose of Andrea Boscos La Serra Barolo is piercing, filled with bold, wild cherry and blueberry aromatics mixed with tobacco and earth, hints of sandalwood, sage and leather. On the palate the wine shows the classic La Serra tannic signature, well structured yet incorporated, it seemingly stretches from the soil into the glass. While the wine drives across your palate bold kirsch like flavors emerge to meld with the more traditional Barolo flavors of leather and dried rose petals, the combination adds depth and background to the powerful texture. The finish is long, and seems to etch itself on your palate, delineating layers of fruit, earth, spice and intrigue. Make no mistake this is a classic Barolo, powerful, full bodied and capable of aging 30+ years. To drink all Barolo drinkers will tell you that you should decant for several hours and then have it to accompany braised meats or wild mushroom risotto or both.