Baroli 2007: Collectables Coming to the US This Spring

By: Victor Rallo

The 2007 Baroli are some of the best young Baroli I have ever tasted and a lot has to do with global warming. I do not believe any wine region in the world has been helped by the global warming more than Piemonte in Italy. In the past it was those rare years when the weather held out in late October and November that the Piemontese had stellar vintages, but I believe global warming is changing that and the 2007 vintage is a prime example.

The winter of 2007 was almost non existent in Piemonte, with no snow and very little precipitation, the flowers and vines began to bud almost one month early. The summer was warm but never had those heat spikes in late July and August and by late August the nights became cool and perfecto. This extended the growing season and the vegetation cycle, in fact even with its early start it lasted the normal amount of days, possibly a few days longer. Nebbiolo flourishes with cool nights at the end of the season, it is when the magic happens for me with Nebbiolo it allows the perfume of Nebbiolo grape to blossom. The 2007 Baroli have the richness and power of a warmer vintage and the beautiful delicate bouquet of a cooler vintage which is very rare for Baroli and makes this vintage truly unique.

The 2007 vintage is unprecedented and the age ability of these wines may be in question because we have never seen a growing season like that of 2007, but after the tasting of 2007 Baroli I attended on March 19, 2011 in New York City, I can assure you this is a collectors vintage.

The Tasting:
Antonio Galloni of the Wine Advocate, bought together 15 of the great Barolo producers for a tasting in New York City, at Del Posto restaurant on March 26, 2011.

I think it is important to list the producers, we could argue about a few but I think Galloni was dead on. The producers:

  1. Elio Altare
  2. Luciano Sandrone
  3. Roberto Voerzio
  4. Azelia
  5. Ceretto
  6. Vietti
  7. Paolo Scavino
  8. Bruno Giacosa
  9. Conterno – Fantino
  10. Elio Grasso
  11. Domenico Clerico
  12. Guiseppe Mascarello
  13. Brovia
  14. Guiseppe Rinaldi
  15. Giacomo Conterno

WOW!! WOW!! WOW!!

The producers were at a head table in the order listed and each spoke about there vision of 2007 vintage before we tasted their wine, what a format! I can tell you that Antonio Galloni has reviewed every wine we tasted and each wine has received 94 points or higher in his first review of the 2007 vintage.

My favorite person at the event: was Marta Rinaldi of Giuseppe Rinaldi Winery. He had never travelled out of Italy prior to this event; Antonio Galloni had to get him a passport after he accepted the invitation to attend. When it was his turn to speak he stood up slowly in a nervous but confident manner, he took the microphone from Antonio and spoke in Italian. Antonio translated and it went something like this;

His voice was far more gentle then his looks, he spoke soft and assured. He thanked us for joining him on his first trip to NY and said it was difficult for him to come. After all he was a farmer and he had never left his vines or cellar before, who would take care of this while he was gone. The trip was only 5 days and total but it should the passion, the pride and integrity Marta had for his wine, his land and his home. His wines portray this dedication vintage after vintage. I love this man and his values I hope I grow old in the same vain as Marta Rinaldi.

My Favorite Wine at the event was the:

Vietti 2007 Barolo Rocche, from the village of Castiligione Faletto

Let me first say that tasting all of these wines was like the finals a Beauty Pageant, every wine was delicious, well made and little intricacies separated the wines for me.

The Vietti 2007 Barolo Rocche, immediately caught my attention, when I put my nose in the glass. The nose was like a great symphony with many layers, and complexities. Ripe berries, burnt sugar, roses and fresh flowers it was truly fascinating. The beauty continues this wine has lovely tannins for a young Barolo and an exciting long finish. This is one of the most well integrated, balanced young barolo’s I have ever tasted.

The wine spends 5 weeks on the skins and malolactic fermentation takes place in French barriques. After fermentation the wine is aged in traditional large neutral Slovonian oak for 2 years. This wine will age for 15-25 years.

A MUST HAVE IN ANY BAROLO CELLAR.