Giovanni Manzone Barolo Bricat 2016
The 2016 Barolo Bricat is a very pretty, gracious wine. Sweet floral, spice and red berry fruit are all nicely lifted, with a hint of new oak that lingers in the background subtly. A wine of aromatic nuance and mid-weight structure, the Bricat will drink well right out of the gate. It is an engaging, alluring wine full of charm.
The Giovanni Manzone 2016 Barolo Bricat opens to a good dose of oak spice and toast that sets the stage. Vanilla and clove cede to dark fruit with some crushed stone and dried mint. Those oak tones do eventually fall off to the side, but there's no mistaking that first impact. I feel like the oak has also contributed to dry out some of the tannins, and you feel that extra astringency. Fifty-year-old vines and skin maceration that lasts up to 40 days during extended fermentation are what build the wine's dark intensity and structure. This release was about 5,000 bottles.