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2009 Vietti "Castiglione" Barolo

SKU #1280466 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2009 Barolo Castiglione delivers a radiant but subdued quality with polished notes of dry mineral, black fruit, tar, licorice, leather and many more levels of complexity. This entry-level Barolo demonstrates that great results are achieved in 2009. If forced to inhabit a desert island that only served the wines of a single producer, I would want Luca Currado to be that supplier. He excels at everything he does from his castle perch at the heart of Castiglione Falletto. Despite the difficult 2009 season, his wines remain extraordinary. In fact, they are among the best I tasted from the vintage. (ML) Inner quote mark (6/2013)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a powerful red with loads cherry and berry character. Also light hazelnuts and hints of cedar. Full body, velvety tannins and a medium finish. Inner quote mark (1/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Features cherry and strawberry fruit up front, with tobacco and earth notes introducing the dense structure and licorice and leather flavors. Loosely stitched, yet harmonious and long. Best from 2016 through 2030. (BS) Inner quote mark (2/2014)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Full, ripe and intense nose of some power. Big, round and juicy with spicy-toned plum and cherry flavours. Lovely balance and lovely fruit, with promise of more to come. (panel) Inner quote mark (8/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Medium red with a hint of amber at the rim; seemed to darken with aeration. Lovely perfume of herbs, leather, marzipan, mint and brown spices. Penetrating cherry and raspberry fruit shows lovely sweetness leavened by good acid cut. Ripe, firmly tannic Barolo with a serious spine. (ST) Inner quote mark (11/2013)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Vietti's entry-level Barolo, the 2009 Barolo Castiglione is quite pretty and open in this vintage. Sweet floral notes meld into expressive dark red fruit, anise, cinnamon and rose petals. This is an especially open, racy Barolo that should offer plenty of early appeal. While the sheer excitement of the best years may be slightly missing, in exchange, readers will find a delicious Barolo that will require minimum, if any, cellaring. I especially like the way the wine continues to flesh out in the glass. In 2009, Vietti did not make their Villero Riserva. Instead, that juice went into the Castiglione. (AG) Inner quote mark (5/2013)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Mid ruby with orange rim. Almost mouthwatering red fruit with firm tannins and a hint of oak on the finish. Very appetizing. 17/20 points (WS) Inner quote mark (8/2013)

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