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2009 Damilano "Lecinquevigne" Barolo

SKU #1144844 91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Curious aromas of toffee, berries and chocolate follow through to a full body, soft and silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Delicious. Inner quote mark (1/2014)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Moderately saturated medium red. Inviting aromas of strawberry, espresso, mocha, earth and mellow oak. Supple, lush and seamless, with spicy red berry flavors complicated by sexy truffley underbrush. Mellow and attractive Barolo with impressive sweetness of fruit and a fine dusting of tannins that will not get in the way of early enjoyment. (ST) Inner quote mark (11/2013)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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. (AG) Inner quote mark (10/2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Always a great value, the 2009 Barolo Lecinquevigne shows ripe fruit and spicy oak tones at the back. It’s 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. (ML) Inner quote mark (6/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A beautifully balanced and expressive Barolo, exhibiting cherry, leather, tobacco and orange pekoe notes allied to a sleek frame. This firm version lingers with tea and tobacco accents, showing a pleasant freshness. (BS) Inner quote mark (12/2013)

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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!
Drink from 2013 to 2025

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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