2012 Agostino Bosco "La Serra" Barolo (Elsewhere $50)

SKU #1285318 94 points James Suckling

 Lots of ripe strawberry, licorice, aniseed and rose petal on the nose. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Vibrant and muscular for the vintage. Slightly better than the already excellent 2011. Try in 2020.  (3/2016)

91 points Vinous

 Bosco Agostino's 2012 Barolo La Serra is a very pretty La Morra Barolo. Dark cherry, tobacco, smoke, licorice and leather are front and center. The La Serra tannins, often quite pronounced in wines from this site, are nicely integrated. I would prefer to drink the 2012 sooner rather than later. This is an especially dark style for La Morra. That said, there is plenty to like. (AG)  (11/2016)

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Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/29/2017 | Send Email
While the 2012 vintage kept winemakers on their toes, a few months of high heat brought intensity and boldness to the La Serra Barolo. The nose is layered with leather and dark ripe fruit with just tiny hints of the classic floral as the wine opens up. The strong tannic structure is matched with a higher alcohol than some previous vintages and some gentle acidity to lift the palate. While the wine is currently full of complexity, I think that some of it's potential is masked behind its adolescence. Definitely a wine to be patient with.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/24/2017 | Send Email
If you are in the market for an outstanding Barolo that can be enjoyed now and also cellar well for the next few years, this one is ideal. The Agostino Bosco "La Serra" is flavorful and lively with loads of juicy cherry fruit and a fine spine of ripe tannins and solid acidity. It also boasts the classic Barolo aromas of tar, roses, dried florals and earth. Thanks to their thoughtful winemaking and aging, the oak takes a back seat allowing the fruit to truly shine. Don't miss out.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/20/2017 | Send Email
Grab it while you can. Ripe and laced with tobacco and gravel flavors as well as leather and tar. Lots of tannin structure Would drink now ( Six to eight hours of decanting) and over the couple of years.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2017 | Send Email
The nose of Andrea Bosco’s La Serra Barolo is piercing, filled with bold, wild cherry and blueberry aromatics mixed with tobacco and earth, hints of sandalwood, sage and leather. On the palate the wine shows the classic La Serra tannic signature, well structured yet incorporated, it seemingly stretches from the soil into the glass. While the wine drives across your palate bold kirsch like flavors emerge to meld with the more traditional Barolo flavors of leather and dried rose petals, the combination adds depth and background to the powerful texture. The finish is long, and seems to etch itself on your palate, delineating layers of fruit, earth, spice and intrigue. Make no mistake this is a classic Barolo, powerful, full bodied and capable of aging 30+ years. To drink all Barolo drinkers will tell you that you should decant for several hours and then have it to accompany braised meats or wild mushroom risotto or both.
Drink from 2017 to 2040

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- 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.


- 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.


- 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.
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- 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.