2001 Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigna Arborina

Year: 2001
Appellation: Piedmont
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$69.95
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BACK STORY: FROM MY SUPPLIER I HAVE DONE BUSINESS WITH FOR YEARS, FROM HIS PERSONAL CELLAR NEVER SEEING LITE OF DAY!!..I HAVE JUST TASTED AND BOUGHT REMAINING INVENTORY!!..PRISTINE AGED PRODUCT FOR PENNIES!!

"Intense aromas of blackberries, cedar and flowers follow through to a full-bodied palate, with chewy yet round tannins and an excellent concentration of fruit. Very chocolaty aftertaste. Best after 2008. 480 cases made. -JS" (WS)

"The 2001 Barolo Vigna Arborina is the most harmonious of these 2001s. It presents gorgeous intensity and purity in its dark red fruit. There is more than enough depth to stand up to the oak. Scents of white truffles, mint and spices are some of the many notes that wrap around the muscular, explosive finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021.

These Baroli were made around the time brothers Renato and Giuliano Corino divided their family’s estate. Today Renato makes Baroli from Arborina and Rocche at his new winery, while Giuliano’s lineup includes wines from Arborina and Giachini, bottled under the family’s Giovanni Corino label. Both brothers make and old-vines Vecchie Vigne Barolo, but from different vineyards. Renato and Giuliano Corino split the already-bottled production of their 2001 Barolo Arborina and Rocche and sold the wines under their respective labels. Readers will find both labels on the market, but the wines themselves are identical. The two 2001 Corino Vecchie Vigne Baroli were made differently in the cellar. I have listed both Vecchie Vigne Baroli separately." (WA)

"The 2001 Barolo Vigna Arborina has held up beautifully. It possesses gorgeous aromatic intensity in its fruit and fabulous overall balance. Flowers, mint and spices appear later, adding complexity to the characteristic Arborina wiriness. Some of the baby fat has started dropping off, but the 2001 remains fresh and vibrant. It should continue to drink well for at least a handful of years." (VM)