Luciana Currado, Vietti (Photo ©Tom Hyland) I had the pleasure of dining with Luciana Currado of the great Piemontese estate Vietti in Chicago yesterday. Currado was in town to taste out a number of wines, most importantly the brand new release of Barolo Villero Riserva 2004. I’ve known Luciana and her son Luca, who serves … Continue reading The Soul of Vietti
Giovanni Manzone and his son Mauro, Monforte d’Alba (Photo ©Tom Hyland) I recently wrote a post about 2007 Barolo; I sampled over 100 bottlings during my stay in Alba for the Nebbiolo Prima event in early May. That post focused on the qualities and characteristics of the 2007 vintage and how it compared to other … Continue reading Barolo- che preferisci?
Bottle of Massolino Vigna Rionda Barolo (Photo ©Tom Hyland) During my most recent visit to Piemonte, there was a lot of excitement about one particular Barolo cru, that of Vigna Rionda in Serralunga d’Alba. One of the owners recently passed away and the section he possessed is being divided up among three wineries, all of … Continue reading Vigna Rionda – a great cru in Serralunga
Paolo Manzone (with his wife Luisella) produced one of the top Barolos of 2007 (Photo ©Tom Hyland) I have just returned from a 10-day trip to the Langhe in Piemonte where I was able to taste soon-to-be released bottlings of three wine types produced entirely from the Nebbiolo grape: Roero Rosso (the new bottlings from … Continue reading 2007 Barolo – Initial Thoughts on an impressive vintage
Renato Ratti Winery (Photo ©Tom Hyland) On a hillside in the small frazione of Annunziata below the town of La Morra, the handsome winery of Renato Ratti overlooks some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Barolo zone. Today Pietro Ratti manages the winery, having succeeded his father Renato, a legendary figure in the development … Continue reading Renato Ratti – Top 100
I have previously written about Barolo and listed several of my favorite producers in this area. Now I would like to briefly discuss a few of those producers, as arranged by commune. This post will deal with five of the finest vintners of La Morra, right in the heart of the Barolo zone. RENATO RATTI … Continue reading Barolos of La Morra
Castello di Barolo (Photo ©Tom Hyland) The latest vintages of Barolo and Barbaresco have just been released – 2006 for Barolo and 2007 for Barbaresco. Given this, I’d like to provide a brief recap of the last decade of vintages. 2007 – A beautiful year with wines offering lovely aromatics, lively acidity and very good … Continue reading Recent Barolo and Barbaresco Vintages