Barolo 2006: 90
The 2006 Barolo is once again impeccable. Nothing in particular really stands out here, instead the wine impresses with its superb harmony. Bouquet, fruit and structural elements come together beautifully in the glass, with everything balanced in just the right measure. The finish is long, pure and refined. Revello's 2006 Barolo is easily one of the best entry-level Barolos readers are likely to come across. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2018.
Barolo Vigna Gattera 2006: 92+
The 2006 Barolo Gattera sweeps across the palate with a round, harmonious expression of fruit that is typical from this vineyard, one of La Morra's warmer microclimates. The wine turns more floral and perfumed in the glass as it puts on additional weight, yet without becoming excessively heavy. Here, too, the finish is exceptionally pure and elegant, with a leitmotif of perfumed, floral red fruits that lingers on the close. The Gattera is made from two parcels at opposite ends of the vineyard, and is the only single-vineyard Barolo Revello ages in medium-size oak. The results over the last few years have been nothing less than striking. The Gattera is the most forward and approachable of Revello's 2006 Barolos. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.
Barolo Vigna Giachini 2006: 91
Revello's 2006 Barolo Giachini emerges fram the glass with dark, wild cherries, menthol, spices, violets, roses and minerals. This is a decidedly austere, almost classic Barolo from Revello, where the structural components seem to dominate over the fruit in the wine's balance. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.
Barolo Vigna Conca 2006: 93
The 2006 Barolo Conca, from another of La Morra's top sites, beautifully captures the house style in its dark red cherries, spices and menthol, all of which come together in a polished, focused expression of Nebbiolo. Rich and powerful, the wine offers exceptional depth and roundness on a finish that seems to last forever. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.
Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata 2006: 95
The 2006 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata is a standout among this year's crop of current releases. The tannins are exceptionally fine, as they so often are in wines from this important site. Soft, seamless and silky on the palate, the 2006 Rocche caresses the palate with endless layers of ripe, perfumed fruit. The virtually imperceptible, refined tannins make the 2006 Rocche enjoyable today, but it should also age very nicely. This is wonderful juice! Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031.
Barolo Vigna Gattera 2005: 92
The 2005 Barolo Gattera is made from a plot that features white soils and is the only Barolo here to be aged in a medium-size 15 hectoliter cask. This gorgeous Barolo is built on a core of fresh raspberries, flowers and sweet spices. The wine offers superb freshness and closes with an elegant, refined finish, where floral notes give the wine a pretty lift. A generous, engaging wine, the Gattera should continue to drink nicely over the coming years. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.
Barolo Vigna Conca 2005: 92
Smoke, new leather, licorice and dark red cherries emerge from the 2005 Barolo Conca, which is the most dense and full-bodied of the wines at this stage. The warm microclimate at Conca has yielded a wine of uncommon ripeness and elegance. This is another compelling wine from Revello. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.
Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata 2005: 93
The 2005 Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata is a remarkably graceful, layered wine endowed with notable detail and clarity, all qualities that were especially hard to come by in 2005. There is incredible vividness to be found in the glass, where endless nuances of freshly cut roses, menthol, minerals and spices all come to life. The wine’s inner perfume carries through all the way to the intensely satisfying finish. This is a gem. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.
Barolo Vigna Giachini 2005: 91
The 2005 Barolo Giachini is a rich, explosive wine loaded with fruit. Here the profile tends towards a darker expression than that found in the Gattera. The wine remains compelling for its textural richness rather than detail, while the characteristic floral notes that are one the hallmarks of this site reappear on the finish, framing the wine nicely. The terrain at Giachini contains a larger percentage of sand than some of the other vineyards in La Morra and yields perfumed wines that at times resemble those from Rocche dell'Annunziata. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.
Barolo 2005: 90