2016 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."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Rose petal, verbena flower and lilac open the spectacular bouquet of the Comm. G.B. Burlotto 2016 Barolo Cannubi. This wine is aromatically stunning. It shows fluid movements and deep inner sensuality, wrapping carefully over the palate with delicate softness and silkiness. Incredibly, I kept this open bottle in my cellar for days, and it revealed a beautiful new side every time I came back to check on its progress. There is a touch of chalkiness on the tannins, but the wine finishes with length and impressive persistence. It is fermented in open oak casks and aged in botte grande. Dried cherry, cassis, plum, apricot, spice and blue flower add to the wine's aromatic intensity. This is one of the most beautiful wines to emerge from Italy in the last decade, and tragically only 4,000 bottles were made.
Underbrush and tobacco aromas waft out of the glass along with blue flower and a whiff of eucalyptus. On the full-bodied palate, licorice and clove notes accent a black-cherry core. Firm fine-grained tannins provide support.