Introducing the 2015 Barolo vintage is certainly an exciting event for most people. I probably have no real right to be here and was certainly put in the “hangers-on” category by the girl at the door. I chose not to say my business card is currently a work in progress and just pretended I’d forgotten it instead, breaking the golden rule of networking and probably coming across as rather silly.
But I got in anyway and I’m not here to do the rounds of all the 2015 Barolo I can my hands on. In fact an hour and a half into my visit I had sat through the Nebbiolo seminar and visited some friends and was still without a glass.
On finally picking one up, I stopped by Cascina Ballarin and tasted their 2015 Barolo Tre Ciabot and Barolo Bricco Rocca. I must say their Tre Ciabot is already truly enjoyable with soft, integrated tannins, while the Bricco Rocca, like any great Barolo cru, needs some time to express itself.
From there I stopped by Rizieri wines, picked up one of lovelier brochures I’ve seen in a while, and tasted their 2015 Nebbiolo d’Alba and their 2014 Barolo. The Rizieri 2014 Barolo is one of the nicest I’ve had – elegant and austere.
From there down to the Dolcetto seminar. I still have a soft spot for this difficult grape, and after today’s seminar (both seminars by Dott. Edoardo Monticelli), even more so. What a curious little grape it is. More to come on that.