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From a well-known Castiglione Falletto vineyard, the 1997 Barolo Bric del Fiasc reveals the essence of cherry jam in its massive constitution. It is a powerful, full-bodied effort displaying pronounced black cherry liqueur-like aromas and flavors, huge extract and glycerin, and 14.5-15% alcohol. Remarkably pure, delineated, and balanced for a wine of such massiveness, it still needs another 2-3 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2020.Robert Parker | 95 RPDark ruby red. Absolutely gorgeous aromas of crushed berry and fresh flowers, with mushroom and spice undertones. Full-bodied, with chewy, rich tannins and a tangy acidity. This still needs time to come together. Very chewy.--1997 Italian blind retrospective. Best after 2010. 265 cases made.Wine Spectator | 95 WSThe 1997 is a flashy, opulent Bric del Fiasc, with layers of super-ripe dark fruit, chocolate, tar and alcohol that burst onto the palate in a display of awesome concentration and length. It is a big, weighty Barolo that promises to drink well for at least another decade.Antonio Galloni | 92 AG
This wine has been resting quietly in bottle since 2018 while getting ready for its release, which should be within the next month or two. The 2013 Barolo Monprivato Riserva Cà d’Morissio benefits from a long and slow growing season, just what the late-ripening Nebbiolo grape likes best. This wine delivers rich volume and a fine texture, with a pretty point of fresh acidity that is neatly buried behind bright fruit tones of cassis, dried cherry and rose hip. Earthy tones are woven within, and the wine shows slightly spicy highlights of licorice and tar that point to some of the subtle bottle evolution already underway. Generally speaking, the fruit in 2013 doesn’t have the same power that we saw in the 2016 Barolo Monprivato (also reviewed here), but it does offer similar depth and elegant complexity. This is a collectors’ bottle for sure.Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 97 RPThis red is aromatic, pure and elegant, featuring rose, cherry, strawberry, mint and earth aromas and flavors. Balanced and accessible, with a long finish echoing the fruit and savory elements. Best from 2024 through 2038. 276 cases made. Wine Spectator | 95 WSThe 2013 Barolo Riserva Monprivato Ca’ d’ Morissio offers up a super-classic profile laced with sweet pipe tobacco, cedar, autumn leaves, dried rose petal and red berry fruit. It’s an alluring wine, there is no question of that. Sadly, this bottle is also a bit forward. In a way, I am happy no consumer got this bottle and its horribly flawed cork that crumble upon opening. On the other hand, I wonder how Mascarello could bottle a wine like this without more quality control. The Ca’ d’ Morissio is not a par with the elite wines of 2013, but it is a huge step up from the dismal 2012.Antonio Galloni | 92 AG
The 2019 Barolo Castiglione is elegant, translucent and classy. Crushed red berry fruit, orange peel, mint and cinnamon all grace this elegant, wonderfully nuanced Barolo from Vietti. I especially admire the energy here. In many vintages, the Castiglione is easygoing and quite accessible, but I see the 2019 needing a few more years to come into its own. I especially admire its focus and cut.Vinous Media | 94 VM
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