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New 2013 Piedmont Allocations - High-Scoring Value from Barolo and Barbaresco - 11/29/2017 - Italy

Two things are happening right now in Piedmont. The recent vintages are spectacular and the demand for elite wines is greater than ever. This mix leaves 2013 as a sweetspot - a truly classic vintage where the market hasn't completely taken off. We are very bullish on 2013 Barolo and Barbaresco and expect that those who load up on the best crus and producers will find themselves with treasures to enjoy for the next few decades and prices they'll look back on fondly.

The allocations and first-tranche pricing we're offering today are from three under-the-radar superstars who received tremendous acclaim in 2013. The first is Cantina del Pino - the Albesani was among Galloni's top selections of the vintage while Wine Spectator gave the Ovello the highest mark of the entire vintage so far. Francesco Rinaldi is quickly becoming a fan favorite with potential best-ever 2013 releases from two cherished crus (and a terrific value normale). And not to be outdone, there's plenty of fanfare for Giacomo Fenocchio's stellar Bussia.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2013 Cantina del Pino "Albesani" Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) 95 $56.99 View
2013 Cantina del Pino "Ovello" Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) 97 $64.99 View
2013 Francesco Rinaldi Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 92 $45.99 View
2013 Francesco Rinaldi "Brunate" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 95 $57.99 View
2013 Francesco Rinaldi "Cannuubio" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 95 $59.99 View
2013 Giacomo Fenocchio "Bussia" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 97 $59.99 View
2013 Aldo Conterno "Bussia" Barolo 96 $78.99 View
2013 Brezza Barolo 94 $43.99 View
2013 Brezza "Sarmassa" Barolo 96 $69.99 View
2013 Brezza "Cannubi" Barolo 98 $79.99 View
2013 Bruna Grimaldi "Badarina" Barolo 97 $44.99 View
2013 E. Pira Chiara Boschis "Mosconi" Barolo 96 $74.99 View
2013 E. Pira Chiara Boschis "Via Nuova" Barolo 96 $74.99 View
2013 E. Pira Chiara Boschis "Cannubi" Barolo 96 $94.99 View
2013 Einaudi "Terlo" Barolo (Elsewhere $50) 94 $39.99 View
2013 Einaudi "Cannubi" Barolo 94 $59.99 View
2013 Elvio Cogno "Cascina Nuova" Barolo 97 $49.99 View
2013 Elvio Cogno "Ravera" Barolo 97 $69.99 View
2013 Schiavenza "Cerretta" Barolo 94 $54.99 View
2013 Sottimano "Cottá" Barbaresco 94 $56.99 View
2013 Vietti "Castiglione" Barolo 93 $49.99 View


2013 Cantina del Pino "Albesani" Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) ($56.99)

95 points Vinous: "Usually a rich, bombastic wine, the 2013 Barbaresco Albesani shows more finesse than I remember seeing in the past. There is plenty of the power that is so typical of this site, but at the same time, the 2013 is translucent, super-elegant and refined. Another few years in bottle will do wonders for the Albesani, which, despite its obvious appeal, is very tightly wound at this stage. A persistent, striking finish rounds things out in style. At this stage the Albesani is the most complete wine in the range." (10/2017)

2013 Cantina del Pino "Ovello" Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) ($64.99)

97 points Wine Spectator: "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: A pretty, firmly structured red, with delicate flavors and subtle power, this evokes floral, red berry, mineral, tobacco and tar aromas and flavors, remaining harmonious and long on the mineral- and tobacco-tinged finish. Best from 2020 to 2036. B.S." (10/2017)

2013 Francesco Rinaldi Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($45.99)

92 points Vinous: "The 2013 Barolo is a gorgeous entry-level bottling. Sweet tobacco, blood orange, anise, dried flowers and cedar give the wine its aromatic depth and delineation. Bright and exquisitely layered in the glass, with lovely persistence, the 2013 drinks well now, but also has enough pedigree and complexity to hold for another decade-plus. This is a superb showing from Rinaldi. (AG)" (10/2017)

2013 Francesco Rinaldi "Brunate" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($57.99)

95 points Vinous: "A dark, powerful Barolo, 2013 Brunate is another wine that is built for the cellar. The brooding, mysterious side of Brunate comes through in a dense, muscular Barolo built on structure and acidity. Traditionally leaning palates will adore the 2013 Brunate. A host of balsamic-inflected notes lead into the firm, unyielding finish, adding to the wine's gravitas and seriousness. This is an especially somber, powerful wine, even by Brunate standards. (AG)" (10/2017)

2013 Francesco Rinaldi "Cannuubio" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

95 points Vinous: "The 2013 Barolo Cannubi is unusually deep and powerful, both of which bode very well for the future, but make the wine forbidding in the early going. Not that readers should be too concerned with drinking these wines young in the first place though. Firm tannins enshroud a core of expressive fruit in a Barolo that is going to need time to fully emerge. Even so, the Cannubi is super-impressive today. (AG)" (10/2017)

2013 Giacomo Fenocchio "Bussia" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Rose, iris, wild berry and baking spice aromas merge with scents of new leather and a balsamic menthol note on this stunning and classically crafted Barolo. The structured, polished palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry, pipe tobacco and licorice framed in tightly knit noble tannins and bright acidity. It's going to just keep getting better and better over the next few decades. Drink from 2023 through 2053. *Cellar Selection* (KO)" (09/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Barolo Bussia shows tight delineation with crisp fruity aromas that are characteristic of this slightly cooler and longer growing season. Sour cherry, dried raspberry and spice lead to a fresh finale with integrated tannins and acidity. This vintage saw a 40-day maceration period in order to add to the aromatic intensity and the structural fiber of the wine. (ML)" (08/2017)

91 points James Suckling: "Attractive aromas of leather, tar and dark berry follow through to a full body, medium-silky tannins and a juicy finish. Very fine and polished." (07/2017)

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2013 Aldo Conterno "Bussia" Barolo ($78.99)

96 points James Suckling: "This shows a beautiful complexity of ripe fruit such as cherries as well as orange peel undertones with lemon and pineapple highlights. Medium body and well-defined tannins. Drink in 2020." (07/2017)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Aldo Conternos Barolo Bussia is produced from five hectares of prime vineyards in Bussia Soprano, the original section of what has become a rather large vineyard in recent years. Vines average 35-40 years old, with no vines younger than 20 years old. After a long fermentation, the wine is aged for 27 months in 25 HL casks. True to the Conterno commitment to extreme quality, which is achieved through aggressive green harvesting to ensure that only the best bunches achieve optimal ripeness, they produced just 19,000 bottles of Barolo Bussia 2013 rather than the 39,000 bottles they could legally produce based on legal limits. (KO)" (09/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A fragrant style, offering rose, cherry, earth, mineral and cumin aromas and flavors. Young and tense, yet shows fine potential, with complex flavors, good structure and a long aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2040. (BS, Web Only-2017)"

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "It may be a so-called entry level Barolo, but the 2013 Barolo Bussia definitely delivers the goods. Fruit is sourced from three separate points within the larger Bussia cru. These sites are characterized by clay soils with southeast exposures and approximately 25-year-old vines. The quality of fruit is very intense and defined with dark cherry and dried blackberry. Yet the mouthfeel is ethereal, light and buoyant. Keeping in line with the vintage, the tannins are firm and slightly rigid. However, they are well absorbed by the exuberant nature of the fruit. The wine's personality is reminiscent of the Barolo Bussia Cicala. (ML) 93+" (06/2017)

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2013 Brezza Barolo ($43.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Fragrant and refined, this has classic Nebbiolo aromas of woodland berry, rose petal, tilled soil and a balsamic note of eucalyptus. It's vibrant, elegant and balanced, boasting juicy cherry, crushed strawberry, white pepper and a hint of licorice framed in bright acidity and taut, polished tannins. Drink 2019-2026. (KO)" (07/2017)

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 27, 2017

The nose of this Barolo is more fruit than earth, more berries and spice yet it still has hints of leather and smoke. On the palate the richness becomes evident, this wine has a breadth to it, full and fleshy, tannic structure well integrated into the body. The finish is slightly short because this wines focus is the mid palate breadth, power, density and loads of flavor.

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2013 Brezza "Sarmassa" Barolo ($69.99)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Fragrant blue flower, dark spice, crushed herb and wild berry aromas are front and center on this impressive, structured red. The lively, energetic palate offers cranberry, red cherry, licorice and ground clove flavors set against youthful, noble tannins and firm acidity. A tobacco note lingers on the finish. Its still young and tightly wound but will blossom into a beauty over the next decade. Drink 2023-2045." (08/2017)

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 27, 2017

You can tell immediately that this wine is special; the nose is pronounced, complete, and full of tar, spice, truffle and smoke. On the palate this wine has a concentration of flavors but dont think of it as richer its just more comprehensive, layers and layers of effortless fruit, spice along with bits of leather, tar and wild berries. The finish is magnificent, wide, long, bringing back all the nose and fruit, with a bit of jauntiness, just to let you know it is more than just complex fruit.

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2013 Brezza "Cannubi" Barolo ($79.99)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "One of the best expressions from the classic Cannubi vineyard area, this fragrant red is all about finesse, opening with enticing scents of perfumed berry, iris, rose, chopped herb, baking spice and new leather. The vibrant palate boasts structure as well as an almost ethereal elegance, delivering succulent red cherry, crushed strawberry, cinnamon and licorice wrapped in refined tannins. Bright acidity lends impeccable balance. Drink from 2021 through 2043. *Cellar Selection*" (07/2017)

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 27, 2017

The nose on this is classic Cannubi, more sweet elegant aromatics but within a very tight bandwidth, perhaps just slightly darker fruit character than normal. On the palate it is more linear, focused, tightly wound and gradually you feel more leather, earth gradually emerge, the tannins are more evident while in balance. The finish is slightly more forceful as the tannins appear more. In the future the evolution of the mid palate sweetness will soften the tannins; this wine needs a little time.

2013 Bruna Grimaldi "Badarina" Barolo ($44.99)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Cellar Selection:A balsamic note of menthol, dark culinary spice, crushed herb, new leather and wild berry aromas come together in the glass. Firmly structured but extraordinarily refined, the palate doles out red cherry, crushed strawberry, tobacco and cinnamon set against tightly woven refined tannins. Lively acidity lends balance and energy while a licorice note wraps around the lingering finish. Drink 2025-2043." (09/2017)

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2013 E. Pira Chiara Boschis "Mosconi" Barolo ($74.99)

96 points James Suckling: "This is very concentrated on the nose with so much blackberry, blueberry and ripe-strawberry character. Camomile-tea undertones. Full-bodied, very polished and sexy with racy tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Shows depth and texture. Better in 2021." (01/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Barolo Mosconi shows thicker textural fiber and greater overall power. The Mosconi site is characterized by heavy clay soils that act like a sponge and keep the moisture locked deep within even during the warmest months. The wine opens to coffee and dark fruit with more cherry, spice, tobacco and black truffle at the back. The mouthfeel is generous and wide in appeal, showing tannic firmness that coats the palate. The wine's layering is rich and lasting in intensity. This wine shows excellent possibility for further cellar evolution. 95+ points. (ML)" (06/2017)

94 points Vinous: "Dark, ample and inviting, the 2013 Barolo Mosconi shows the pure power and breadth that is so typical of this site. Black cherry, plum, mocha, smoke, tobacco and licorice are all fused together. The Mosconi presents an especially virile, baritone expression of Nebbiolo, with less finesse than is found in the estate's other Barolos. That said, there is quite a bit of polish to play off the natural richness of Mosconi. The 2013 is an especially refined, layered wine for this site. (AG)" (02/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A core of sweet cherry and strawberry flavors anchors this red, gaining complexity from the additional earth, tar, tobacco, licorice and spice notes. (BS)" (11/2017)

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2013 E. Pira Chiara Boschis "Via Nuova" Barolo ($74.99)

96 points Vinous: "The 2013 Barolo Via Nuova is the most tannic and explosive of these three Barolos. The flavors are dark, powerful and intense throughout. Beams of searing tannin and vibrant, pointed acidity wrap around the virile, imposing finish. Readers will have to be patient with the 2013, as it is likely to be slow to mature in bottle. Even so, the purity of the flavors and textures is compelling. (AG)" (02/2017)

95 points James Suckling: "This is all about fruit defined by a purity and clarity that I really appreciate. Full body, a deep, and dense palate and a long and flavorful finish. Needs three or four years to soften, but what a beauty already. Best Via Nuova ever." (01/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Broad and spicy, offering cherry, leather, earth and tobacco notes wrapped in sweet spices. Muscular tannins move in on the finish. (BS)" (11/2017)

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2013 E. Pira Chiara Boschis "Cannubi" Barolo ($94.99)

96 points Vinous: "The 2013 Barolo Cannubi is silky, vibrant and wonderfully perfumed. Sweet floral notes, meld into a core of bright red cherry, mint, white pepper and white flowers. Aromatically precise and finely sculpted, the 2013 possesses superb balance. In 2013, the Cannubi is all class. This is one of the most refined and gracious of Chiara Boschis' 2013 Barolos and a very typical wine for the vintage. In a word: terrific! (AG)" (02/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Barolo Cannubi is a fine and sculpted wine that has benefitted from the cool vintage conditions and the long growing season. The wine shows a very pretty nose with wild berry aromas followed by pressed rose, ash, wild mint, tea and earthy black truffle. It shows fine tannins that are slightly camouflaged by the generosity of the fruit. The Cannubi cru offers extreme elegance and finesse. Despite those svelte contours, this wine is built to last. (ML)" (06/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Warm and inviting, offering rich flavors of cherry, raspberry, rose and spice, with flashes of mineral and tobacco. Nonetheless, this is densely packed. (BS)" (11/2017)

93 points James Suckling: " The purity of fruit to this is impressive. Strawberry, blueberry and lavender aromas follow through to a medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Better in 2020." (07/2017)

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2013 Einaudi "Terlo" Barolo (Elsewhere $50) ($39.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Love the decadent, sweet-tobacco, stem and ripe-fruit aromas to this one. Full-bodied, layered and soft with ripe tannins and so much subtle fruit. Sexy is the only word to describe it. Drink in 2020." (01/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Ample, generous and inviting, the 2013 possesses striking richness and intensity. A host of dark cherry, plum, spice, blood orange and pomegranate hit the palate in a forward, powerful Barolo endowed with considerable fruit as well as structural intensity. Far from an easy going, entry-level Barolo, the Terlo possesses serious depth. Rose petal, menthol, sage and tobacco infuse the exotic finish. (AG)" (02/2017)

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 16, 2017

Matteo Sardagna is at the helm of his family's estate and has taken on greater responsibilities since the passing of his mother in 2010. The winery is definitely among those in the Langhe committed to the preservation of the zone and to a high level of quality throughout the winemaking process. The vines of Terlo range in age from 15-55 years and yield a juicy, generous and showy Barolo with expressive spiced red fruit and noticeable but fine tannins throughout. Although approachable now, it will only improve in the bottle if allowed to outgrow its youthful vigor.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 14, 2017

The nose is pure Piemonte, a savory cross of earth, fruit and truffle, the nose has a certain depth to it that says weight, importance but in a straight forward, easy country manner. On the palate the 2013 vintages hallmark drinkability is immediately apparent, there is a supple balance to the wine yet it doesnt betray being Barolo, its still Barolo! On the palate the wine shows leather, spice, smoke, sotto bosco and a bit of crunchy cranberry fruit. The tannins are apparent but they are very fine grain, elegant and dont define the wine they just give it a border. The finish is long, complex and just doesnt go away and indication of a long life but with drinkability now. A really superb, classically styled Barolo, as I taste it I keep reaching for my fork, it begs for food.

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 14, 2017

The nose brings aromas of dried cherry and roses, and on the palate you will find raspberries, tar, tobacco, truffle, and a little Langhe dust with a good tannin structure. I love the elegance to this wine, and with all of its varietal purity here, I recommend decanting for a couple hours...or even aging a couple of years (up to five or more years if you are that patient). This would show extremely well with a wild mushroom risotto or a barbecue tommy hawk steak.

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 14, 2017

Coming from the oldest Einaudi estate vineyards, this is a slightly more approachable and rounded bottling compared to the prestigious Costa Grimaldi. Still, it is a single vineyard Barolo from a top vintage for under $40 - a combination that is more and more rare by the day. The aromas are generous right out of the bottle with a gorgeous floral note to compliment pure bright red fruit. The palate is classic, balanced Nebbiolo that is already impressive as a pop-and-pour, but will certainly blossom with some time in the decanter or a bit of age. A very complete wine in a way that is (unfortunately) rare with Baroli at this price point.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 14, 2017

The Terlo from Einaudi has the rare combination of traditional Barolo flavors married to precocious drinkability. I love the exotic rose and tar nose, the powerful structure and the surprising texture. This will do the best with an hour or more in the decanter and great food- and what good Barolo wouldn't! I can't wait to get this home and drink it!

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2013 Einaudi "Cannubi" Barolo ($59.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Aromas of cream, light toffee, mushrooms and plums follow through to a full body, silky tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Very tannic yet the tannins are ripe and polished. Try in 2021." (01/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Aromatic, displaying rose, strawberry, cherry and currant flavors, accented by leather, tobacco, iron and tea notes. Firm tannins lay a base of support. (BS)" (03/2017)

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2013 Elvio Cogno "Cascina Nuova" Barolo ($49.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Aromas of dark berries, flowers and truffles. Full-bodied, super-integrated and refined. Great texture and a fantastic finish. Don't miss this. So approachable now but will be great for years in the future." (07/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Barolo Cascina Nuova is the most accessible of the various single-vineyard Barolos released by the Elvio Cogno winery. But this vintage is a little different. Proprietor and winemaker Valter Fissore says that 2013 reminds him of 1999 for the deeper sense of structure and depth demonstrated by Nebbiolo this growing cycle. The vines are young, averaging 15 years old, and the wine sees a 40-day maceration period with submerged caps. As a result, this wine shows the austerity of young Barolo with vibrant fruit, deep color richness and lingering flavors of dark fruit and spice. Cascina Nuova is not technically a single-vineyard expression, but the folks at this winery treat it as if it were.The growth of the Novello township within the Barolo appellation has been outstanding. Back in 1994, the Elvio Cogno winery was the only one operating in this area that was once considered removed from the production heart of Barolo. Today, nine producers make wine in this village and have brought Novello to the forefront of the Barolo identity. Valter Fissore and Nadia Cogno are largely responsible for bringing Novello out from the shadows. Today, they are dedicating special focus on the Ravera cru that provides the fruit for all their top-shelf wines, including the Barolo Ravera, Barolo Ravera Bricco Pernice and the Barolo Ravera Riserva Elena. (These name changes will be complete within the next two vintages.) (ML)" (08/2017)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Red berry, rose petal, white pepper and chopped herb are just some of the aromas you'll find on this. The bright full-bodied palate delivers crushed raspberry, dark cherry, star anise and tobacco alongside firm refined tannins and vibrant acidity. It's already tempting but will be even better with more bottle age. Drink 2021-2033. (KO)" (09/2017)

91 points Vinous: "Cogno's 2013 Barolo Cascina Nuova is terrific. Bright red cherry, plum, sweet flowers, white pepper all give the Cascina Nuova its distinctive, bright profile. The tannins are naturally a bit raw at this early stage, but the Cascina Nuova is a superb entry-level wine with plenty of Ravera character. (AG)" (02/2017)

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2013 Elvio Cogno "Ravera" Barolo ($69.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Wonderful complexity and subtlety here with firmness. Aromas of orange peel, stones, walnuts and dark fruits. Medium to full body, plenty of fruit and a racy finish. A beauty. Drink or hold." (07/2017)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Wild berry, iris, rose and a potpourri of culinary spice aromas emerge on the nose of this stunning red. Radiant and full bodied, the palate is young and primary at this stage but already evokes morello cherry, licorice, pipe tobacco and aromatic herbs. Bright acidity and taut tannins provide impeccable balance and an impressive, age-worthy structure. Drink 2025-2043. *Cellar Selection* (KO)" (09/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is a stunningly precise expression of Nebbiolo that shows exceptionally well in this vintage. The 2013 Barolo Ravera benefits from slightly higher altitudes that help to develop the singular linearity and focus of the wine. If many other celebrated crus, such as Cannubi and Brunate, exist at 250 to 350 meters, Ravera starts at 380 meters. That higher positioning means that fruit is harvested as much as ten days after the other sites. This wine offers a savory vein with iron and pencil shaving. But it also fills out generously over the palate with dark fruit and spice. This Barolo promise a long aging future.The growth of the Novello township within the Barolo appellation has been outstanding. Back in 1994, the Elvio Cogno winery was the only one operating in this area that was once considered removed from the production heart of Barolo. Today, nine producers make wine in this village and have brought Novello to the forefront of the Barolo identity. Valter Fissore and Nadia Cogno are largely responsible for bringing Novello out from the shadows. Today, they are dedicating special focus on the Ravera cru that provides the fruit for all their top-shelf wines, including the Barolo Ravera, Barolo Ravera Bricco Pernice and the Barolo Ravera Riserva Elena. (These name changes will be complete within the next two vintages.) (ML)" (08/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Firm and unyielding today, yet with latent aromas and flavors of cherry, rose, tobacco and tar. Supported by a well-integrated structure, with vibrant acidity driving the purity and length. Offers a lingering aftertaste of tobacco and iron. Best from 2021 through 2040. (BS)" (10/2017)

93 points Vinous: "The 2013 Barolo Ravera is dark, powerful and inviting. Here the flavors tend towards the darker end of Nebbiolo spectrum, with firm supporting tannins that add to an impression of power. Sweet spice, leather and plum notes develop as the wine gains volume in the glass. Today, the 2013 is powerful and tightly wound. Historically, the Ravera has needed a few years to unwind. I expect that will be the case here as well. (AG) 93+" (02/2017)

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2013 Schiavenza "Cerretta" Barolo ($54.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Truffle, new leather, wild berry, forest floor and balsamic notes are just some of the aromas youll find on this fragrant, fantastic red. Fresh and juicy, the palate doles out Marasca cherry, raspberry, cinnamon and pipe tobacco set against a tannic backbone and fresh acidity. Its firmly structured but alsoboasts balance and elegance. *Editors' Choice* (KO)" (09/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Rose, cherry, plum and spice flavors languish effortlessly in this deceptively solid red. The beefy tannins take over midway as this unfolds, yet the lasting impression is balanced, revealing tobacco and underbrush notes. (BS)" (11/2017)

91 points James Suckling: "A pleasant and smoky red with plum and chocolate character and dark tea. Full body, round and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink in 2020." (10/2017)

90 points Vinous: "The 2013 Barolo Cerretta is gracious, aromatic and perfumed. Sweet red cherry, plum, iron, smoke and incense add character throughout in this attractive, mid-weight Barolo. This is an especially lifted, aromatic style for a site that tends to yield deeper, richer wines. Even so, all the elements are nicely balanced. Drink it over the next decade or so. (AG)" (10/2017)

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2013 Sottimano "Cottá" Barbaresco ($56.99)

94 points Vinous: "As always, the 2013 Barbaresco Cottà is a wine of amplitude and breadth. Sweet dark cherry, pomegranate, mint, spices and leather meld together effortlessly. The Cottà has a bit less delineation and nuance than some of the other wines in the range, but more immediacy and mid-palate juiciness. As the years have passed, so many wines in this lineup have improved, but the Cottà has remained pretty much static, for better or worse. (AG)" (12/2015)

93 points James Suckling: "A tannic young wine with backbone and structure. Medium body, berry and walnut character and a chewy finish. Needs time to soften." (11/2013)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "You'll find alluring scents of black-skinned berry, baking spice, violet, a hint of leather and a balsamic note on this well-structured red. The chewy palate shows dense black cherry, raspberry compote, licorice, clove and pipe tobacco alongside velvety tannins and fresh acidity. A hint of cinnamon closes the finish. It's already approachable but also has great mid-term aging potential. (KO)" (10/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator: "This red yields barely a glimmer of cherry, licorice and tar for now, yet all the elements are in place for a medium-term evolution. Stiff, mouthcoating tannins patrol the finish. (BS)" (10/2016)

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2013 Vietti "Castiglione" Barolo ($49.99)

93 points James Suckling: "This is a very fruit-forward Barolo with lots of dried-berry and rose-petal character. Full-bodied, round and soft-textured. Generous. Drink in 2018." (01/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Barolo Castiglione is a terrific success story. This is the estate's bread and butter Barolo. Fruit is sourced throughout the Castiglione Falletto township. The wine is consistent and steady, offering amazing value and quality with each new release. The nose is generous and full. It imparts fresh fruit and dark cherry aromas with tar, smoke and licorice at the back. Evident structure gives the wine a firm backbone and will carry it through the next decade of cellar aging. Drink: 2019-2030. (ML) 93+" (06/2017)

93 points Vinous: "The 2013 Barolo Castiglione is rich, powerful and intense, especially for what is the estate's entry-level Barolo. Dark cherry, plum, spice, new leather and menthol are all used together. Intense and voluptuous, the Castiglione shows the richer, more intense side of the vintage. Time in the glass helps release the aromatics and the brighter side of Nebbiolo. Quite simply, the 2013 is a super Barolo Castiglione that is starting to close the qualitative gap with the single vineyard Barolos. Drink: 2019-2043. (AG) 93+" (02/2017)