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Barolo Tortoniano

Michele Chiarlo - Barolo Tortoniano 2015

Italy
Red Wine from Piedmont · Italy
Price: £47.95
Case Rate: £45.00
Ex Tax: £39.96
Country:
Wine Region: Piedmont
Winery: Michele Chiarlo
Wine Maker: Michele Chiarlo
Grape: Nebbiolo
Grape Percentage: 100%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now-2025
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Rating 91 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
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Country:
Wine Region: Piedmont
Winery: Michele Chiarlo
Wine Maker: Michele Chiarlo
Grape: Nebbiolo
Grape Percentage: 100%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now-2025

Wine tasting notes

The Barolo Tortoniano is garnet red in color, with orange highlights that become slightly amber with age. Full, dry, austere and rather harsh when very young, this superb Barolo becomes rich and velvety with age, very harmonious and elegant. It exhibits a distinct bouquet of violets or rose petals, with seductively earthy, slightly musky undertones.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013) - 91 pts

This is Michele Chiarlo's entry-level Barolo that sees fruit sourced from the Cerequio cru. The wine is named after the calcareous marl clay soils of sedimentary marine origin that characterize this site. The soils are from the Tortonian period (nine million years ago). The 2013 Barolo Tortoniano reveals a dry and mineral-rich bouquet. Those aromas are enhanced by bright tones of dried raspberry and cherry.


Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013) - 90 pts

Oct 2017 - Chiarlo's 2013 Barolo is bold and powerful in the glass. Super-ripe dark cherry, smoke, sweet spice, licorice and tobacco give the wine much of its up-front appeal. Although not especially complex, the 2013 will drink well right out of the gate, which makes it an excellent choice for readers who can't cellar wines for the long term. This is an especially succulent, plush style for the year.


JancisRobinson.com (2011) - 17 pts

Dec 2014 - Medium-dark ruby with orange tinges. Classic nose of dried cherry and spice and oatmeal. Super inviting. Herbs too, hint of pepper. Wonderful, supple fruit with firm tannins. Quite a pretty wine and well balanced. (WS)


Wine Spectator (2012) - 88 pts

Shy in aroma, this red offers hints of dried cherry, leather, underbrush and tobacco flavors. The tannins sneak up on you as the finish lingers. Best from 2018 through 2029


James Suckling (2012) - 91 pts

A generous and fruity Barolo that shows mushroom, light toffee and chocolate character. Full body, round and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink now.


Wine Enthusiast (2012) - 91 pts

Aromas suggesting ripe berry, exotic spice, Alpine herb and a whiff of blue flower come together in the glass. The dense, round palate offers black raspberry, fleshy cherry, licorice and espresso alongside velvety tannins. It's already surprisingly accessible.