Mauro Molino Barolo 2016
|Region||Italy, Piedmont, Barolo|
Here's a classic interpretation of this vintage and a wine that will bring a big return on such a relatively small investment with proper cellaring. The 2016 Barolo is a tonic and compact expression of Nebbiolo that will flesh out and take on more volume with time. This estate is based in the comune or village of La Morra, known for graceful, floral and softly textured Baroli. However, this wine is a blend of fruit from Annunziata and Berri in La Morra and Perno in Monforte d'Alba. This vintage offers the power and grit that will carry it forward, and with 45,000 bottles made, you should be able to get your hands on a case of it easily.
The 2016 Barolo is a gorgeous entry-level offering. Crushed flowers, cedar, sweet pipe tobacco, dried herbs and mint all lift from the glass effortlessly. Hints of dried cherry, pomegranate and earthiness appear later. I would prefer to drink this mid-weight, delicate, aromatic Barolo over the next handful of years, before the fruit fades. This is such a pretty wine, especially in its peer group.