2012 Cantine Ascheri Barolo

SKU #1265546 94 points Wine Spectator

 Licorice, cherry and tar notes mark this intense, chewy red, packed with sweet fruit midpalate that offsets the dense, dusty tannins. Shows fine integration and length, with the aftertaste echoing licorice, cherry, tar and mineral details. Best from 2019 through 2035.  (7/2016)

92 points James Suckling

 A red with lots of ripe fruit such as plum, strawberry and leather both on the nose and palate. Full body, velvety tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold.  (3/2016)

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By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2016 | Send Email
This wine has a vibrant, ruby red hue, with super intense notes of Bing cherry, red licorice, exotic Asian spice and black tea. The oak is present, but very well integrated. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied with soft tannin's but no astringency. The streak of acidity pulls it all together into a seamless, utterly gorgeous wine. Could easily hold its own against Barolos twice its price. The only draw back to this wine is also an attribute, that being that the tannin structure that makes the wine so appealing now means it's one for the short to mid term, not a 20 year wine. So practice that risotto recipe or score yourself some lamb shank and enjoy al fresco with loved ones.

By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2016 | Send Email
The 2012 vintage was blessed with a well-balanced growing season that brought a wonderfully well-balanced and age-worthy Barolo. The wine has ripe cherry flavors and floral notes with a beautiful savory finish. It could become even more beautiful with time in the bottle, but after being decanted it is balanced, delicate and easy to enjoy now!

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/18/2016 | Send Email
The nose of this Barolo is full of red fruit, spice and earth clean and vibrant. On the palate this wine is full and broad with lots of richness and the tannins are well in check, the flavors are bold, striking red fruit, cherry with hints of the classic “Tar & Roses” that Barolo is known for. The finish is long, lingering and carries the fruit well. I’d pair this with a wild mushroom risotto or braised meats. This is a perfect wine to drink now and will age for another 10+ years.
Drink from 2016 to 2028

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/17/2016 | Send Email
It's rare that a Langhe winegrower can deliver a high quality Barolo at this price from year to year but Matteo Ascheri manages to do just that. His 2012 offers plenty of delicious fruit,complexity and zippy acidity and although it's ready-to-drink now, it will certainly cellar short-term. The Ascheri 2012 is one of the best Barolo values available.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
This has been one of our favorite value Barolos over the years, always good and sometimes great. And, 2012 is GREAT! Leaning towards the classic flavors of sour cherries, rose petals and orange peel, this has a bit more abundance of fruit than your average Barolo. Polished tannins and seamless finish the Ascheri is highly appealing now and good for short-term aging. This is truly a must buy for any and all fans of Nebbiolo.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
I have to admit, I had my doubts about how good a sub $30 Barolo could be. Usually I feel that one is better off buying Nebbiolo d'Alba at this price... But it is the exceptions that prove the rule, and nothing makes me happier than being proved wrong by a great bottle at a fair price! The Ascheri is very drinkable now with an hour in the decanter, and promises to improve in the cellar. I think a six pack for now and a six pack for later is a great idea! The style is a balance between the dark fruit of modern Barolo and the savory leather of old school. What a buy!
Drink from 2016 to 2032

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/12/2016 | Send Email
Here is a wine of power and finesse with plenty of dusty grip to offset the sweet red fruit in the middle. This is truly dry with impeccable balance between the earth, ripe fruit, mineral, tannin and leather. True class at a bargain price.

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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.