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2016 G.B. Burlotto "Monvigliero" Barolo

SKU #1514823 100 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Barolo Monvigliero is utterly spellbinding in its profoundness. In this vintage, the Monvigliero moves into shades of more blue-toned fruit. Whole clusters, always 100%, are remarkably integrated. Rose petal, lavender, mint, crushed flowers, wild red berries, blueberry, blood orange and mint are some of the many notes that grace this exceptional, silky Barolo. The 2016 was fermented with low temperatures and spent two months on the skins. With its laser-like focus and incredible cut, tension and nuance, the Monvigliero will be slow to reveal itself, but wow - what a wine. (AG) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Made with whole-cluster fermentation, the Comm. G.B. Burlotto 2016 Barolo Monvigliero opens to distinctive intensity with floral notes backed by forest berry and bramble. Including the grape stems in fermentation imparts a slightly herbaceous character with eucalyptus and balsam herb. I also pick up on some freshly milled white pepper that reminds me of the Nebbiolo-adjacent Pelaverga grape that is also commonly planted in Verduno. The wine opens slowly to reveal grilled herbs, toasted chia seed and pistachio nut. More than obvious fruit, the core of the wine offers wild rose, lavender and pressed flowers. Production is approximately 8,000 bottles. (ML) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

99 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Aromas of rose, red berry, dark spice, smoke and wild herb shape the nose on this structured red. Intense and loaded with finesse, the radiant, focused palate doles out ripe red cherry, cranberry, licorice, tobacco and menthol. Vibrant acidity and a mineral vein create youthful tension while firm polished tannins lend seamless support. *Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2020* (KO) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

95 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2016 Monvigliero from Fabio Alessandria is simply stunning. The bouquet is deep, elegant and pristinely ripe, jumping from the glass in a blend of cherries, red plums, gamebird, camphor, chalky soil tones, just a touch of sweet stems, roses, a hint of nutskin, woodsmoke and a gentle, but complex array of fresh herb tones in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and utterly seamless, with a sappy core of fruit, great mineral drive and grip, firm, buried and suave tannins and a long, tangy, complex and supremely elegant finish. This is so perfectly balanced that it almost hides that fact that it is built for the long haul and deserves at least a decade in the cellar before starting to broach bottles. That said, I bet plenty of bottles will be opened before their time! A brilliant Monvigliero. Inner quote mark (7/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Enticing deep nose with exotic, spicy notes and fantastic concentration of cherry fruit, but more deep than sweet or overdone. Succulent and a little vibrant, with a slow opening of the fruit on the palate and with fine, grainy, long, tactile tannins on a slow and deep finish. Perfect balance. 18/20 points. (WS) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

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