2007 Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano

Year: 2007
Appellation: Piedmont
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 88
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$34.95
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"Fresh black cherry, black currant and woodsy tobacco aromas and flavors highlight this clean red, which shows a purity and focus without losing the Nebbiolo density. The long aftertaste shows fruit and spice notes. Best from 2014 through 2028. 5,000 cases imported." (WS)

"The 2007 Barolo Tortoniano is quite bold and powerful in this vintage. It reveals surprising muscle to match its dark red fruit, flowers and spices. As always, the Tortoniano shows the more perfumed, feminine side of Barolo, but the 2007 has an extra level of richness and body. This is a gorgeous, overachieving wine in its category. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.

Michele Chiarlo is building a luxury hotel right in the middle of Cerequio. I haven’t seen the interiors yet, but I passed by the hotel several times on my way in and out of the vineyard in late August. The location is utterly breathtaking." (WA)

"Moderately saturated bright medium red. Raspberry, marzipan and sweet oak on the nose. Creamier and denser than the Barbaresco, with good vinosity and a restrained sweetness to its redcurrant and red plum flavors. A bit clenched and dry on the end, but there's solid material here to support the dusty tannins." (IWC)

"The softness of the 2007 vintage is already apparent in this wine. Generous aromas of ripe fruit, black cherry, leather and tobacco follow suit, and the wine is plush and velvety on the close. Hold for 10–15 more years." (WE)