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2017 Barolo Anteprima

 

The 2017 vintage in Barolo is defined by wines that defy the extreme weather conditions endured throughout the growing season. Walter Speller of JancisRobinson.com says the wines “break away in spectacular fashion” from the drought and warmth of the vintage. Antonio Galloni believes “there is plenty to like about the 2017 Barolos”, with the best “exceptionally polished, vivid and flat-out delicious”.

The growing season was advanced in 2017, a mild winter and warm spring led to early budbreak. This meant that the severe frost in mid-April caused significant damage to the nascent growth of the vines and greatly reduced yields. Following the hail, there was little to no rain between May and August. Young vines and those on sandy soils – such as in La Morra – were particularly affected while old vines and water-retaining soils like those in Serralunga struggled less. Though the heat was pronounced, the spikes were not as extreme as in vintages like 2003. Speller confirms, saying “2017 is certainly a very dry year, but much less hot than has been reported.” Light rains and high diurnal temperature ranges in autumn were a blessing, boosting the phenolic ripeness of the grapes. Harvest began two weeks early, and despite low yields the fruit that came in was healthy.

Galloni sums up the 2017 vintage by saying it “is not a repeat of 2016”, but it “is not 2003 either”. While the wines of 2003 were high in alcohol and low in acidity with jammy fruit, the 2017s “are the very opposite” says Speller. Despite the heat and drought, most 2017s are neither rich nor opulent. “Rather, they are mid-weight, nervy Barolos that are reminiscent of the 2015s in feel” according to Galloni. There are very fine examples of Barolo in 2017 that still clearly portray their sites. This is a testament to the improved standards of winemaking and viticulture in Piedmont and greater understanding of producing high quality fruit in hot and dry conditions as the climate changes. The wines still have the bite of both tannins and acidity, something not often associated with vintages of this type but a most welcome attribute for their balance and freshness. This added bite means that the wines are “much less ready than one would expect from a hot year” according to Speller. They will benefit from bottle age.

We have focussed on just a few of our favourite producers and have chosen estates that showcase the different styles of the region. These differences are especially noticeable in this vintage.

Please note that these wines are En Primeur and will be available for delivery in late 2021.

Famiglia Anselma

Famiglia Anselma is a favourite of ours. Relatively new to the market but having bought great vineyards in the 1970s, these wines are the epitome of traditional values coupled with vineyard/terroir know-how. They are very structured and need lots of time but the pure, dark fruit and integrated, spicy oak produce wines that are really very exciting. Click on the wine names below to see tasting notes.

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Italy2017Barolo Bussia Pianpolvere, Famiglia Anselma

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

6 bottle minimum order

BT56400.0012 6644.444442666667Barolo Bussia Pianpolvere, Anselma, Famiglia0.75
Italy2017Barolo Bussia Pianpolvere, Famiglia Anselma

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

3 bottle minimum order

MG10460.006 651.111109333333Barolo Bussia Pianpolvere, Anselma, Famiglia1.5
Italy2017Barolo Bussia, Famiglia Anselma

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

3 bottle minimum order

MG10375.006 641.666666666667Barolo Bussia, Anselma, Famiglia1.5
Italy2017Barolo Bussia, Famiglia Anselma

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

6 bottle minimum order

BT50340.0012 6037.777776Barolo Bussia, Anselma, Famiglia0.75
Italy2017Barolo Famiglia Anselma

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

3 bottle minimum order

MG20310.006 1234.444442666667Barolo Famiglia Anselma, Anselma, Famiglia1.5
Italy2017Barolo Famiglia Anselma

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

6 bottle minimum order

BT40280.0012 4831.111109333333Barolo Famiglia Anselma, Anselma, Famiglia0.75
Italy2017Barolo Lazzarito, Famiglia Anselma

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

6 bottle minimum order

BT50360.0012 6040Barolo Lazzarito, Anselma, Famiglia0.75
Italy2017Barolo Lazzarito, Famiglia Anselma

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

3 bottle minimum order

MG20395.006 1243.88889Barolo Lazzarito, Anselma, Famiglia1.5
Italy2017Barolo Le Coste di Monforte, Famiglia Anselma

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

6 bottle minimum order

BT56360.0012 6640Barolo Le Coste, Anselma, Famiglia0.75
Italy2017Barolo Le Coste di Monforte, Famiglia Anselma

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

3 bottle minimum order

MG20395.006 1243.88889Barolo Le Coste, Anselma, Famiglia1.5
Italy2017Barolo Mosconi, Famiglia Anselma

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

6 bottle minimum order

BT50340.0012 6037.777776Barolo Mosconi, Anselma, Famiglia0.75
Italy2017Barolo Mosconi, Famiglia Anselma

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

3 bottle minimum order

MG20375.006 1241.666666666667Barolo Mosconi, Anselma, Famiglia1.5
Italy2017Langhe Nebbiolo, Famiglia Anselma

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

BT20140.0012 2415.555554666667Langhe Nebbiolo, Anselma, Famiglia0.75
Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

Cavallotto

Cavallotto is based in Castiglione Falletto and produces some of the most impressive and unique wines in the region. Barolo's answer to Tertre Rôteboeuf  in Bordeaux, these are rich, plush, hedonistic wines that are a unique take on the genre. Click on the wine names below to see tasting notes.

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Italy2018Langhe Nebbiolo, Cavallotto

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

BT40210.0012 4823.333333333333Langhe Nebbiolo, Cavallotto0.75
Italy2017Barolo Bricco Boschis, Cavallotto

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

6 bottle minimum order

BT56490.001293 AG6654.44444266666793.0093.00Barolo Bricco Boschis, Cavallotto0.75
Italy2017Barolo Bricco Boschis, Cavallotto

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

3 bottle minimum order

MG20540.00693 AG126093.0093.00Barolo Bricco Boschis, Cavallotto1.5
Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

Paolo Conterno

Ginestra is arguably the finest of all Monforte d'Alba’s vineyards and Paolo Conterno's vines produce one of the cru’s freshest, more aromatic wines. His Ginestra has the perfect combination of freshness, power and is super-complex whilst his Riva del Bric is a lot of wine for relatively little money. Click on the wine names below to see tasting notes.

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Italy2017Barolo Ginestra, Paolo Conterno

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

6 bottle minimum order

BT56450.0012 6650Barolo Ginestra, Conterno, Paolo0.75
Italy2017Barolo Riva del Bric, Paolo Conterno

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

6 bottle minimum order

BT50280.0012 6031.111109333333Barolo Riva del Bric, Conterno, Paolo0.75
Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

Einaudi

The town of Dogliani is home to Einaudi, in the very south of the region. Under fourth generation Matteo Sardagna Einaudi, they have embraced the very best of modern technology and the result is wines that are perhaps the most ethereal and elegant – dare we say Burgundian – of all of the wines we tasted. Everything in the winemaking is about gentleness and that shows in the wines. Click on the wine names below to see tasting notes.

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Italy2020Langhe Nebbiolo, Poderi Luigi Einaudi

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

BT40120.0012 4813.333333333333Langhe Nebbiolo, Einaudi0.75
Italy2017Barolo Bussia, Poderi Luigi Einaudi

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

3 bottle minimum order

MG13480.00694 AG953.33333333333394.0094.00Barolo Bussia, Einaudi1.5
Italy2017Barolo Bussia, Poderi Luigi Einaudi

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

6 bottle minimum order

BT50460.001294 AG6051.11110933333394.0094.00Barolo Bussia, Einaudi0.75
Italy2017Barolo Cannubi, Poderi Luigi Einaudi

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

6 bottle minimum order

BT46460.001294 AG5451.11110933333394.0094.00Barolo Cannubi, Einaudi0.75
Italy2017Barolo Cannubi, Poderi Luigi Einaudi

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

3 bottle minimum order

MG20480.00694 AG1253.33333333333394.0094.00Barolo Cannubi, Einaudi1.5
Italy2017Barolo Ludo, Poderi Luigi Einaudi

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

6 bottle minimum order

BT50250.001289 AG6027.77777689.0089.00Barolo Ludo, Einaudi0.75
Italy2017Barolo Terlo Costa Grimaldi, Poderi Luigi Einaudi

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

6 bottle minimum order

BT50350.001292 AG6038.88888892.0092.00Barolo Terlo Costa Grimaldi, Einaudi0.75
Italy2017Barolo Terlo Costa Grimaldi, Poderi Luigi Einaudi

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

3 bottle minimum order

MG20370.00692 AG1241.11110933333392.0092.00Barolo Terlo Costa Grimaldi, Einaudi1.5
Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

Luigi Pira

Luigi Pira is a small estate located in the heart of Serralunga and is often a 'go-to' producer for those in the know. With vineyards abutting holdings belonging to the inimitable Gaja, they produce Marenca, Margheria and Vignarionda crus. From their bargainous Langhe Nebbiolo through to the epic Vignarionda, this really is one of the best estates few people of heard of.

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Italy2017Barolo Marenca, Azienda Agricola Pira Luigi

New Release. Physically available after summer

6 bottle minimum order

BT50450.0012 6050Barolo Marenca, Pira, Luigi0.75
Italy2017Barolo Margheria, Azienda Agricola Pira Luigi

New Release. Physically available after summer

6 bottle minimum order

BT50380.0012 6042.222221333333Barolo Margheria, Pira, Luigi0.75
Italy2017Barolo Serralunga, Azienda Agricola Pira Luigi

New Release. Physically available after summer

6 bottle minimum order

BT50320.0012 6035.555554666667Barolo Serralunga, Pira, Luigi0.75
Italy2017Barolo Vigna Rionda, Azienda Agricola Pira Luigi

New Release. Physically available after summer

6 bottle minimum order

BT50660.0012 6073.333333333333Barolo Vigna Rionda, Pira, Luigi0.75
Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

Rocche Costamagna

Right in the middle of the hilltop village of La Morra, one of the most beautiful places in the region, sits Rocche Costamagna. The wines here are traditionally made and, whilst ripe and sumptuous, they are the very essence of elegance and purity. They and can be enjoyed early on in their lives but equally they will last the course. Click on the wine names below to see tasting notes.

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Italy2017Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata, Rocche Costamagna

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

6 bottle minimum order

BT456250.001293 AG54627.77777733333393.0093.00Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata, Costamagna0.75
Italy2017Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata, Rocche Costamagna

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

3 bottle minimum order

MG43280.00693 AG2731.11110933333393.0093.00Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata, Costamagna1.5
Italy2017Barolo, Rocche Costamagna

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

6 bottle minimum order

BT210195.001290 AG25221.66666666666790.0090.00Barolo, Costamagna0.75
Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

Voerzio-Martini

This exciting ‘new’ estate came into being when Piero Martini (of vermouth family fame) bought Gianni Voerzio’s estate (Gianni is Roberto Voerzio’s brother) for his twins Mirko and Federica. The wines here are more ‘modern’ than those of, say, Rocche Costamagna, but are in no way over-extracted or too oaky. New world levels of ripeness yet balanced and harmonious. Click on the wine names below to see tasting notes.

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Italy2017Barolo La Serra, Cantina Gianni Voerzio Martini

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

6 bottle minimum order

BT56300.0012 6633.333333333333Barolo La Serra, Voerzio Martini0.75
Italy2017Barolo, Cantina Gianni Voerzio Martini

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

6 bottle minimum order

BT50225.0012 6025Barolo, Voerzio Martini0.75
Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

Rizzi (Barbaresco)

With prices of fine wine increasing year on year, the outstanding value for money in Barbaresco is remarkable and should not be overlooked. That is why we're including this property in our Barolo offer - the "bang for buck" element just cannot be ignored. Cantina Rizzijust outside of the village of Treiso, boasts six crus – some of the best sites in the area. The style here is one of plush, plump fruit which makes the wines very easy to drink when young. They also make a fabulous Riserva, from the very top of the Rizzi vineyard. Click on the wine names below for tasting notes. 

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Italy2018Barbaresco cru Rizzi, Cantina Rizzi

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

6 bottle minimum order

BT80220.0012 9624.444442666667Barbaresco cru Rizzi0.75
Italy2018Barbaresco Nervo, Cantina Rizzi

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

6 bottle minimum order

BT80320.0012 9635.555554666667Barbaresco Nervo, Rizzi0.75
Italy2018Barbaresco Pajore, Cantina Rizzi

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

6 bottle minimum order

BT90320.0012 10835.555554666667Barbaresco Pajore, Rizzi0.75
Italy2018Barbera d'Alba, Cantina Rizzi

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

BT30120.0012 3613.333333333333Barbera d'Alba, Rizzi0.75
Italy2018Langhe Nebbiolo, Cantina Rizzi

New Release. Physically available Nov/Dec 2021

BT30120.001289 JG3613.33333333333389.0089.00Langhe Nebbiolo, Rizzi0.75
Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.
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