G.D. Vajra Barolo 2014 ItalyG.D. Vajra Barolo 2014 Italy
Aromas of rose, crushed mint, red berry and dark spice mingle together with an earthy whiff of leather on this fragrant Barolo. The vibrant, almost ethereal palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, star anise and an almost salty note alongside taut, polished tannins and racy acidity. Drink 2021–2026. KERIN O’KEEFE
Manzone Castelletto Barolo 2015Manzone Castelletto Barolo 2015
Castelletto is a big cru in Monforte, north of Ginestra. This is traditional Barolo, quite deep in colour from a long maceration, matured in a mix of old 500L and 700L barrels. Brown rim. Gorgeous rich nose, red cherry, balsamic, dried leaves, violet and rose. Earth and mushroom, which are also prominent on the grippy palate. Lovely lifted raspberry acidity in tension with tar, tobacco, leather, almond. Dusty, herbal, saline. Fabulous Barolo, a remarkable wine for the money.
Rocche Costamagna Barolo 2014 ItalyRocche Costamagna Barolo 2014 Italy
Rocche Costamagna Barolo 2014 opens with red berry, new leather and eucalyptus aromas. The firmly structured palate offers red cherry, star anise and a hint of white pepper alongside close-grained tannins and bright acidity. Drink 2022–2028.