2001 Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigna Giachini

Year: 2001
Appellation: Piedmont
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 88
Vinous Media: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$69.95

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!!

"Loads of blackberry, cedar and tobacco on the nose here. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Serious wine here. Best after 2008. 500 cases made. -JS" (WS)

"The 2001 Barolo Vigna Giachini flows across the palate with sweet scents of tobacco, flowers, licorice, red cherries and sweet herbs. Today the fruit appears to be drying out while the oak is overly prominent. Much of the balance this wine had when it was young has faded. Giachini is a site capable of yielding sweet, perfumed Pinot-like Baroli, but there isn’t a whole lot of that here. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.

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)

"Good red-ruby. Sweet raspberry, mocha, tobacco and minerals on the very ripe nose. Fatter, richer and more pliant than the Arborina, but with no loss of inner-mouth perfume. Rich, sweet, broad and open-knit, and somehow light on its feet. Finishes with big, lush, toothcoating tannins." (VM)