2017 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."
Aromas of camphor, underbrush and scorched earth mingle with a floral note of violet on this focused, full-bodied red. Taut and elegantly structured, the bright, savory palate offers Marasca cherry, cranberry, licorice and menthol set against assertive, refined tannins. Drink 2024–2029.
The 2017 Barolo has soft floral aromatics of raspberry candy, fennel, and orange peel. The palate is medium-bodied, ripe and energetic, with cranberry, cinnamon, and peach as well as fine but present tannin. This is a wonderful entry wine from Burlotto. Drink 2021–2036.
The 2017 Barolo is gorgeous. Beautifully perfumed and lifted, the 2017 is pure class. Sweet red berry fruit, crushed flowers, mint, spice and orange peel are all nicely lifted in this silky, mid-weight Barolo. Drink it over the next decade. The is a blend from Breri, Rocche dell’ Olmo and Neirane, with a bit less Breri than normal, because the lower portions of the vineyard were affected by frost.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Comm. G.B. Burlotto 2017 Barolo (showing some of the gold medals and awards won for past vintages in the artwork depicted on the front label) offers a traditional and time-honored approach to Nebbiolo. It draws its fruit from various sites in Verduno. This is a soft and pliant expression that produces a long and fine succession of wild cherry, blue flower, crushed stone and anise-like aromas. You might also notice some rusty iron or candied apricot. This is a solid Barolo (with 10,000 bottles released) that vaunts a classic and traditional personality despite the hot vintage.