The tasting line-up at Fratelli Alessandria, under the watchful eyes of several generations.

Reasons to be cheerful! Part 2: Great new Barolo for sale

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In my opinion it’s a golden age in Barolo (and Barbaresco), with more top quality wine being produced every year. What the wines on this offer have in common is organic farming, balanced yields, conscientious and straight-forward old school winemaking with no additives. All this in service of a sincere search for a genuine expression of their land and history. Certainly these are wines with great potential to age, but many of them will reward a long decant-time to drink very well now.

We used to be able to buy enough of the current vintage of Barolo from Bartolo Mascarello, Burlotto, Canonica, Cappellano, Giuseppe Rinaldi, etc, to keep them in stock for months. But allocations of our favorite wines have become miniscule; not surprisingly, prices have kept pace with demand. Worth every penny, mind you, but for a great many reasons it’s a relief that there are other fantastic wines being made that haven’t reached the quasi-mythical status of some elusive and expensive wines.

Giulia Negri                                                                
Nicola Oberto at Trediberri                           

Fratelli Alessandria 2015 Barolo Monvigliero

Dark red fruit, limestone – a juicy underpinning for firm chalky tannin, rich and lifted, pure and delicious. A grand cru wine, and some competition for that other Monvigliero…Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic

Barale 2015 Barolo

The Barale Barolo is a blend of fruit from 3 vineyards (all in the town of Barolo): Castellero, Monrobiolo di Bussia, and Preda. The 2015 has good depth and extract, but it seems completely effortless in it’s elegance – this is wine that feels like it just exists – it hasn’t been forced in any aspect. In April it was aromatically seductive, with lovely orange peel and eucalyptus, silky tannin, and a long, expansive finish. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic

Barale 2015 Barolo Castellero

Nebbiolo grapes from the Castellero vineyard in the Barolo commune, planted in 1979 and 1991. The grapes are hand harvested in the first weeks of October. The grapes are destemmed and crushed, with wine macerating on the skins for 30 days. Fermentation in 15-30 hl French oak lasts for 3 years, before being bottled without filtration. Bottle aging lasts a year before release.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic

Boggione, Claudio 2015 Barolo Brunate

After a decent interval to let the wine breathe, the 2015 shows its great potential – fragrant with flowers and earth; plenty of bright juicy fruit, but overall savory in character, with pronounced ripe tannins – as you taste the wine it blossoms, expressing both finesse and the power of Brunate - and it becomes increasingly delicious. I will put some bottles in the cellar, but given sufficient time in the decanter you can enjoy this now. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic

Brovia 2015 Barolo Garblet Sué

I thought this was the best Garblet Sue I’ve tasted in 20 years of visiting Brovia. I often find this wine opaque (from a sensory perspective), but I don’t think I’ve had a chance to taste a mature bottle. By contrast the 2015, while quite dense and rich, was very expressive and showed a depth and complexity that was exciting. One for the cellar. Jamie Wolff

All density, dark fruit, and spice. More medicinal than the normale bottling, with black cherry, cedar, licorice and baking spice. Quite dark and brooding, this will need a number of years to come into it's own. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $109.99

  • Organic

Brovia 2015 Barolo Villero

– A beauty – tight, of course, and subtle and austere now, I thought this was a gorgeous Villero, with everything you’d want in a wine to put away for 20 years. Very fine indeed. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $109.99

  • Organic

Brovia 2015 Barolo Brea Ca'Mia

The range of wines at Brovia always show individual character, but this is amplified in 2015. Alex Sanchez (of Brovia) told us that he sees 2015 as first “a vintage of terroir”; when we get to the Brea Ca’Mia one of our group says “Serralunga to 11”, which pretty well sums it up, except that there are only a few other wines from Serralunga of this quality (side diatribe: most Rionda misses the standard). As usual the Ca’Mia is the most tannic and structured of the line-up, this is certainly a long-term prospect. 111 points. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $109.99

  • Organic

Negri, Giulia 2015 Barolo Serradenari

A stunning wine - my note from tasting in the cellar starts with a highly scientific, “Wow!” There is none of the potential excess of 2015, instead lovely fruit, with savory, balsalm and stony notes. You get the sensation of a dark core that has yet to blossom – giving the fruit a stony base and suggesting great potential in the cellar, although the wine is balanced and delicious now. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $94.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
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Fratelli Alessandria 2015 Barolo

From 4 Verduno vineyards and Gramolere (10%); very appealing with black cherry fruit and spice; medium-bodied, open mid-palate; very nice indeed and surprisingly open, complete, and easy to drink. Tasted again this week (11/30/19) I find the wine stunningly good - very aromatic, very seductive, showing great depth and balance - I absolutely love it. Jamie Wolff

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic

Fratelli Alessandria 2015 Barolo San Lorenzo

San Lorenzo is along the slope to the east of Monvigliero, with slightly more western exposures. Vittorio says that San Lorenzo Barolo is usually "feminine and more delicate" than his other wines. I certainly found the tannins to be soft and accessible, and the wine to be open and fresh with excellent balance. A lovely wine now, but clearly with a long way to go. Jamie Wolff

I really enjoyed this with some air. Deep red fruit on the nose, dark cherry, red plums, with some of baking spice, nutmeg, cedar, hints of exotic spice such as star anise, an a bit of cocoa. There is a nuance and complexity (especially in the fruit elements) that is a clear upgrade on the normale bottling. Still quite lifted and vibrant on the palate, but with just a tiny hint of austerity and bitterness. Oskar Kostecki

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $68.99

  • Organic

Fratelli Alessandria 2015 Barolo Gramolere

This shows a clear step away from the cooler Verduno wines, with silky, suave tannins, and a richer palate; it’s more muscular, and denser than the Verduno wines. It’s beautifully integrated and complete – quite amazingly appealing for new Barolo. I wrote that “this would be very popular”. Of course there’s only one way to find out… Jamie Wolff

The Gramolere from Fratelli Alessandria showed really nice intensity, both on the nose and the palate. The ripeness of the vintage shows, with a slightly candied and juicy quality to the cherry and raspberry fruit. The palate introduces more savory notes of cocoa nibs and some herbal character. Great density and richness to this Barolo that will appeal to folks looking for some broadness in their Nebbiolo. Oskar Kostecki

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic

Brovia 2015 Barolo

At $58.99, this is a bargain Barolo – no irony intended / all things being relative. The 2015 is about 70% Brea Ca’Mia, a Grand Cru if there ever was one. Brea accounts for the intensely chalky, savory profile of the wine – a baby at this stage, and in need of a good 10 years asleep in the cellar. Still, a bargain! Jamie Wolff

A lot of structure in this young Barolo, and even after being open for over 4 hours it still seemed quite austere. Yet nonetheless very impressive, with a lot of complexity. Notes of medicinal cherry, raspberry, rhubarb, citrus peel, burnt orange peel, and very pretty floral tones of fresh and dried roses. The palate shows prominent tannins that will take a few years to soften. No need to rush this wine. Oskar Kostecki

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $58.99

  • Organic

Brovia 2015 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione

As always, this is a special wine. Elegant, but fairly powerful, tasted in May 2019 it showed a ton of depth amplified by ripe tannin, and a complex and super-long finish. In many vintages Brovia Rocche has made me think of Chambolle, but the 2015 is more in the line of Cote Rotie. Ok, that may be a specious comparison, but I do love Cote Rotie! Jamie Wolff

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $109.99

  • Organic

Negri, Giulia 2015 Barolo Tartufaia

Beautifully balanced between fruit and savory aromas and flavors supported by very fine ripe tannin and fresh acidity, with fantastic length. Vibrant, and super elegant – a remarkable Barolo. Jamie Wolff

My first experience with the wines of Giulia Negri, and after hearing all the hype, this one didn't disappoint. A beautiful lifted nose of cherry, cherry flesh, crushed pomegranate, raspberries, orange peel, burnt orange peel,  cedar, undergrowth, and dried flowers. The complexity translates well to the palate, with vibrant acidity framing well-structured tannins. Aromatically, this is one of the most beguiling Barolo's I've tasted from this vintage. Oskar Kostecki

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Principiano, Ferdinando 2015 Barolo Serralunga

Principiano's Barolo Serralunga comes from two crus:  Lirano, and the younger vine portion of Boscareto, the historic vineyard that abuts the famous Francia. In the 2015 vintage there will be no single cru bottling of Boscareto from Principiano, and so all the grapes are going into the Barolo Serralunga. This wine shows a beautiful light ruby color in the glass, with faint hints of brick red. The nose is deep and complex, with cherry, red fruit, rose and sandalwood combining in a balanced expression of classic Barolo. The palate shows the ripe nature of the 2015 vintage with quite open and approachable fruit, and once again that note of sandalwood and spice. Oskar Kostecki


With fruit from Boscaretto (85%, and old vines, bordering Francia) and Lirano, this is textbook Serralunga Barolo, austere but entrancing – just a beautiful, classic classico, with good lift and energy, not at all rustic – suave ripe tannin. A great bottle. Jamie Wolff

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $58.99

  • Organic

Principiano, Ferdinando 2015 Barolo Ravera

Ravera di Monforte has an isolated feel to it - the position is definitely in a wilder spot than most Barolo vineyards, with a lot of woods around, and an air of peace that's unusual in an intensely farmed place. The hillside is very steep; there is a stream hidden in the woods at the bottom of the hill, and I imagine that in hot weather it's cooler there. Principiano's vines are left completely untreated, with flowers and grass allowed to grow without cutting; it's an Edenic spot. The 2015 is a very elegant wine, beautifully restrained, with a light body, but plenty of intensity. Lifted and citrusy, I think this has a tremendous future. Jamie WolffTo echo Jamie, Ravera di Monforte is one of the most soulful vineyards in Barolo that I have had the pleasure of visiting. There is a quiet about it, broken only by the soft humming of bees that buzz around the 100 year-old rosemary bush that marks the entrance to Ferdinand Principiano's vines. Though I might be guilty of slight hyperbole (my emotions sometimes get the better of me - and Ravera is an emotional place) the wine from this vineyard is quite exceptional as well. More perfumed than the Serralunga, with dark floral tones of dried violet, with deeper and darker fruit; macerated cherry, black cherry, deep raspberry and red plum. Beautiful energy on the palate, with vibrant acidity and a long finish. One of the wines I've been most eagerly awaiting to arrive stateside after tasting in Piedmont in April. Only 3,000 bottles per vintage. Oskar Kostecki

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic

Roagna 2014 Barolo Pira

Grapes sourced from the Roagna monopole of Pira, in Castiglione Falletto, with vines ranging from 25 to 50 years old. As all young Roagna, the wine is a little forbidding upon first opening, with a lot of structure and intensity. A few hours open open softens it out, with notes of dried cherry, cherry pit, leather, grilled meat, dried orange peel, clove, and a hint of herbaceousness (think blackcurrant leaf). The tannins are dusty and rustic, and will need some time to soften and resolve, but the wine underneath is pure and full of energy, and buoyed by a lively acidity that continues to a very long finish. Oskar Kostecki

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $119.99

Roagna 2014 Barbaresco Albesani

Barbaresco Albesani is a new addition to the Roagna portfolio, and a designation that encompasses vines in Neive, including the famous Santo Stefano vineyard. More open and forward than the Pajè at this point it it's development, the Albesani is showing brighter red fruit, cherry flesh, raspberry, a slight green herbaceousness, earth and some warming baking spice. The tannins are still pronounced, but feel more integrated than on the Pajè, with a more sumptuous quality to the fruit. There is still intensity, and a magnanimous nature to this wine. One to savor over to coming decades. Oskar Kostecki

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $119.99

Roagna 2014 Barbaresco Paje

Pajè, Roagna's largest cru in Barbaresco (though still only 1.83 hectares) is made of calcereous marl with a high percentage of limestone, with vines up to 50 years of age. Traditional work in the cellar, with fermentation taking place in large wooden casks and a maceration on the skins lasting from 60 to 70 days with submerged cap. The 2014 shows such potential, and beyond the hype the wines attract now, there is truly another dimension to them. The nose is fantastically complex, with fruit, spice and earth coalescing into a beautiful expression of high quality nebbiolo. Notes of cherry flesh, macerated cherry, citrus peel, baking spice, leather, undergrowth, cedar, sandalwood, and a hint of pretty oxidation. Dense and deep, with an incredibly long finish that shows sparkles of fruit and a hint of some smokey meatiness. Very young at the moment, so enjoy now with a long decant, or cellar for a few decades. Oskar Kostecki

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $119.99

Trediberri 2015 Barolo

The nose is pure, with young dark flowers, fresh cut stems, green herbs, tilled earth and black cherry. The palate is more fruit-driven and bold, with flavors of savory red berries, fennel, and a core of iron-laced minerality. The wine develops over time, with a tannic structure that loosens into a soft richness. Pair with meals of dark meat, simply prepared veggies, and hard cheeses. David Hatzopoulos

In common with the Giulia Negri wines from Serradenari, 80% of the fruit for the Trediberri Barolo comes from the Berri vineyard, on the western side of the ridge of La Morra (with 20% from Capalot – on the eastern slope, and perhaps more typical terroir for La Morra). Nicola Oberto describes 2015 as a “warm vintage”, but at 14 alcohol his Barolo doesn’t show any heat, and the wine is very fresh, without any fat or jam. Ripe fruit and flowers on the nose, with the fruit giving  lift to a medium bodied wine that shows very prettily. A fine introduction to this exciting new producer. Jamie Wolff

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur