2008 Giovanni Rosso, Barolo DOCG, Del Comune di Serralunga D’ Alba, Piedmonte, Italy.
This Barolo is old school perfection, a wonderful example of Nebbiolo in every respect, with glorious purity, charm and a stunning experience. I had not had this producer’s Barolo before, so got an amazing surprise when I first sampled this fine and detailed wine from the clay and limestone soils of Serralunga in the Barolo zone, and I’ll be sure to explore this labels collection of wines as often as I can. The 2008 Giovanna Rosso Barolo is packed with energy and is wonderfully focused with a classic nose of dried wildflowers and wilted roses, minty tar, balsamic dipped figs and plums leading to a palate of dense fruit, black cherry, raspberry, strawberry and spiced plum along with anise, cedar and earthy truffle and a hint of game. This wine was fermented in cement and aged in big cask which has allowed totally transparency of fruit and terroir, this is a fantastic artisan Barolo, one of my favorite 2008 wines so far, be sure to look for this one if you love Nebbiolo.
($65 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive