2011 Aldo Conterno "Cicala" Barolo (Previously $140)
A chewy and rich Barolo with dried mushroom, berry and hazelnut character. Full body, round and silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Layered and complex. Better in 2018 but so delicious.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Barolo Bussia Cicala shows a slightly warmer side to the Bussia cru, although in general I am very impressed with how this single vineyard has performed. You get subtle wood influences here, but the quality of fruit is on prime display. Black cherry, cassis and wild berry lift graciously from the bouquet. Heavier aromas of spice, resin and black licorice add a sense of gravitas and grounded vigor. Bussia Cicala is aged in Slovenian botte for 28 months and already shows excellent potential for a sure and steady evolution. 93+ (ML)
Spicy and structured, this rich Barolo opens with aromas that recall scorched earth, leather, clove, ground pepper and dried berry. The firm palate offers ripe black cherry, fleshy raspberry, licorice and tobacco that seamlessly support the hefty alcohol. Despite its bold structure, it’s almost weightless, thanks to fresh acidity and tightly packed but fine-grained tannins. Drink 2019–2031.
A spicy version, this red mingles woodsy cedar and sandalwood flavors with steeped cherry and leather notes. Shows plenty of grip on the back end, yet offers character, sweet fruit and a lengthy aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2033. (Web-2015)
Conterno's 2011 Barolo Cicala is decidedly ripe and flashy in this vintage, with exotic overtones and unusually jammy fruit. Dry, austere tannins clamp down through the mid-palate and finish, a sign of the hail that was an issue here in 2011. Hints of kirsch, sweet red cherry and plum struggle to open up in the glass, but the tannins are a bit too much today. It will be interesting to see how the Cicala develops, but today, the class and pedigree of this site does not come through fully.