The 2006 Barolo Riserva Vignolo literally sparkles on the palate with layers of brilliant dark red fruit, flowers, mint and spices. It shows striking inner sweetness and perfume, with big yet well-integrated tannins and breathtaking balance. This is a great 2006 Barolo in the making. The tannins are huge, but so is the fruit. The 2006 Vignolo is going to be a fascinating wine to follow over the next few decades. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036. AG
Complex and harmonious, featuring cherry, plum, leather, tobacco and soy flavors that meld with the refined texture and brilliant structure. This is evolving slowly, exhibiting fine grip and a long aftertaste of savory, spicy notes. BS
Cavallotto's 2006 Barolo Riserva Vignolo is quite a bit silkier than the San Giuseppe, and I imagine it will also develop a little faster in bottle, but it is so fabulous I doubt readers will be unhappy about being able to enjoy such a fine Barolo without having to wait an eternity. Freshly cut flowers, sweet dark raspberries, licorice and mint are all woven together in a fabric of notable class and elegance. In 2006 the Vignolo marries power and finesse to a degree I have rarely, if ever, seen before in this Riserva. The 2006 has pure structure to burn. I can't wait to see what the future has in store.
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