Giacomo Fenocchio 2016 Barolo Crus

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Fenocchio's Barolos have often shown signs of brilliance...The lineup of 2016s is impressive...These are some of the finest Barolos I have tasted from Claudio Fenocchio, the single-vineyard wines in particular are terrific. - Antonio Galloni

Claudio Fenocchio's approach is unapologetically, and proudly traditional. His family has been producing estate Barolo from their vineyards in some of the finest crus in the heart of the Barolo zone.for five generations. But Claudio and his brothers are by no means dogmatic, and have not buried their heads in the sand, they pay close attention to the advantages of organic and biodyamic practices in the vineyard, and while they are much more circumspect about modern winemaking techniques in the cellar, they have not been averse to absorbing and adopting new techniques after painstaking investigation and evaluation. This quote is typical-
” Barolo is a noble wine and its production is demanding. It is achieved without force, without acceleration, following its own time and its own rules. It was born to wait and evolve over time. Finding new formulas can be interesting, but the more you experience new and different things, the more your wine will be unique.”  

Fenocchio's wines fit very neatly into the category of top-flight quality, that sits just below the radar of the most anxious, label-conscious collectors. They are 'smart-buys' for anyone looking to lay in a good range of Barolo and Barbaresco from this magnificent vintage.

Giacomo Fenocchio 2016 Barolo Crus

Barolo Villero $65

94 Antonio Galloni - The 2016 Barolo Villero is a powerful, clenched wine. Then again, that's Villero. Readers will have to be patient, that much is clear. White pepper, chalk, dried flowers, dried red cherry and mint open up over time, but the 2016 is sinewy and nervous in feel, with just enough fruit to keep things in balance. Hints of sage, tobacco, leather and menthol add the closing touches of complexity. (Drink between 2024-2041)

Barolo Bussia $65
95 Antonio Galloni - The 2016 Barolo Bussia is a wine of tremendous character and complexity. Menthol, lavender, black cherry, graphite, cloves and leather all open up in the glass. Virile and layered, with tons of depth, the 2016 Bussia has so much to offer. A few years in the cellar will help the tannins soften, but the 2016 is already quite expressive. It is also one of the very finest wines I have ever tasted from Fenocchio. (Drink between 2026-2041)

Barolo Castellero $59
93+ Antonio Galloni - The 2016 Barolo Castellero captures so much of what makes this site special. Mint, lavender, blood orange, raspberry and chalk notes give he 2016 striking aromatic brightness to play off its translucent, mid-weight feel. A wine of tremendous fascinating complexity, the Castellero will delight readers who enjoy classically-built Barolos. The Castellero is perhaps not quite as deep as the most complete wines in this lineup, but that is really splitting hairs at this level. (Drink between 2024-2041)

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