Italian wine can be a beastly burden. Synonyms run rife for many grapes, throw in local dialect and you come up with a completely new spin on a grape’s name. Fear not, we’re here to point you in the right direction. And we’re putting neon flashing lights around the 2015 G.B. Burlotto Barolos. Don’t miss these. These soulful wines from Piedmont are some of the best, and rarest, going round. They have incredible pedigree and ageing potential. These are the wines you can bring out in 10 years to share with friends, wines that make a lasting impression.
New York sommelier, Levi Dalton, a renowned Italian wine lover and host of one of the best wine podcasts, ‘I’ll Drink to That’ has included Burlotto in his ‘Unicorn Wine List.’ What the? It’s a good thing, actually a very good thing. The list includes other Piedmontese greats such as Rinaldi and both Bartolo and Giuseppe Mascarello. And so what exactly is a unicorn wine? Here’s how Levi sums it up, ‘the once in a lifetime bottles that every sommelier dreams of drinking, and bragging about, before they die.’ Yes, that would be a Burlotto Barolo.
G.B. Burlotto, based in Verduno, Piedmont are highly respected producers. They were the first estate to sell Barolo in bottle, awarding it the respect and care it deserved. Previously larger options such as cask or demijohns were used, but this played havoc with oxidation and freshness. Great grandson, Fabio Alessandria is now the gatekeeper to this historical place. While he respects the traditional winemaking that has been passed down, his wines behold freshness and delicacy, not an easy feat when you’re working with the tannic and gruff nebbiolo grape.
2015 vintage: Good water reserves from snow and spring rains were delivered early on, leading into a dry and warm June and July. Little disease was about. Nebbiolo ripened perfectly; ripe tannins and dense flavours married with integrated acidity and freshness. These are long lasting wines built with powerful structure.
Please note this is a pre-arrival offer. The wines are due mid May. We have a minute amount, so please don’t delay if you’d like to secure some for the cellar. Send us your wish-list and we’ll be in touch to confirm you order with credit card details.
2015 Burlotto Barolo~ SOLD OUT
~ made from Breri (adjacent to Monvigliero) plus portions of Rocche dell’Olmo and Neirane that don’t make it into the Acclivi Barolo.
‘…pliant and open-knit, the straight Barolo captures all of the natural richness of the vintage. Succulent red cherry, plum, lavender, rose petal, spice and new leather all meld together in a supple, inviting Barolo that will be impossible to resist in its youth. This is such a beautiful and alluring wine…a positively stellar wine’. Don’t miss it.’ Drink 2023 – 2040. Antonio Galloni, Feb 19’ (www.vinous.com)
2015 Burlotto Barolo Acclivi ~ SOLD OUT
~ a blend of fruit from Monvigliero, Rocche dell’Olmo and Neirane, all in Verduno
‘…bright, perfumed and silky on the palate, the Acclivi is a jewel of a wine. Floral notes appear in the glass, adding lift, perfume and sensuality. All the elements are in the right place. Today, Burlotto’s Cannubi and Monvigliero have become hard to find, but savvy readers will want to focus on the Acclivi, a wine that offers superb quality for the money. Another few years in bottle should help some of the fruit soften. Drink 2020-2045. Antonio Galloni, Feb 19’ (www.vinous.com)
2015 Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero ~ SOLD OUT
~ 100% wholebunch with a very long 60 day maceration on skins
‘…a wine of pure and total seduction. The warm vintage has filled out the wine’s frame beautifully. The interplay of ripe, succulent 2015 fruit and aromatic intensity from the whole clusters yields a positively stunning, breathtaking wine of the very highest level. Once again, Burlotto’s Barolo Monvigliero takes a place among the most compelling wines of the vintage. Readers who can find it should not hesitate.’ Drink 2023 – 2055. Antonio Galloni, Feb 19’ (www.vinous.com)
2015 Burlotto Barolo Cannubi ~ SOLD OUT
‘A rush of dark cherry, plum, hard candy licorice, violet and spice…Powerful and vertical in the glass, the Cannubi simply has it all. I would give the 2015 a good bit of time to shed some of its considerable baby fat. Powerful, dense and packed, the Cannubi is not as showy or seductive as the Monvigliero, but is has so much to offer, especially with a bit of bottle age. What a magnificent wine it is! Drink 2023 – 2055. Antonio Galloni, Feb 19’ (www.vinous.com)
TO ORDER: Please send us your wishlist and we’ll be in touch to confirm your order. This is a pre-arrival offer, the wines are due to arrive mid-May. We have a minute amount, so please don’t delay if you’d like to secure some for the cellar. Send us your wish-list and we’ll be in touch to confirm you order with credit card details.