2015 comm. g.b. burlotto, barolo
Why We're Buying
During his winemaking tenure (1850-1927), G.B. Burlotto was a living legend. His Barolo elevated his small Piedmont estate to the highest echelons of wine, rivaled only by Vega Sicilia and Biondi-Santi. After a brief lapse, Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo has been returned to glory with a flagship wine that Slow Wine called "the quintessence of a classic Barolo, complex, intriguing, with enormous ageing potential."
A pretty red, this exhibits floral, strawberry, raspberry and white pepper aromas and flavors. Firms up quickly, offering a refined and present tannic backbone. This hangs together very nicely and lingers. Best from 2022 through 2038.
Aromas of menthol, eucalyptus and darkskinned cherry form the nose. Lithe and linear, the taut palate offers Marasca cherry, strawberry, clove and crushed mint alongside tight, refined tannins and fresh acidity.
Wine & Spirits
Fabio Alessandria makes this wine from a two-acre plot in the Barolo commune’s Cannubi cru, purchased by his great-grandfather in the early 20th century. It sees a shorter maceration than Monvigliero, around 15 days, gaining juicy flavors of cherry, currant and raspberry that feel fresh and crunchy in the context of the warm 2015 vintage. Rose petal scents and notes of orange peel and mint enhance the wine’s bright, vibrant character. A few hours of exposure to air reveal layers of licorice, tobacco and warm spice, a hint of the complex evolution this wine will offer over the next decade.