Last night we tasted a line up of 2008 Barolo wines. They were an interesting contrast to the 07’s we tasted earlier this year, coming from a much more classic vintage than the warm and ripe 2007.
Things kicked off with the Massolino Barolo 2008. A surprisingly easy-drinking wine in a fruit-driven style with relatively light tannin. This was delicious and seemingly ready to go, though it would no doubt cellar well too. At around $60 this is a really good value and would be a good proposition to drink while more structured 08’s are still sleeping in the cellar.
Marcarini’s Barolo ‘Brunate’ was a stark contrast. Much more austere with big tannin and acidity. This was definitely in need of cellar time but has loads of potential.
Next we moved on to a pair of Azelia crus. The ‘San Rocco’ had a great nose, quite ripe fruit, floral notes, just touch of oak influence. Much weightier and riper on the palate. Quite a powerful style. The ‘Margheria’ had a much cooler, more delicate nose. Fairly complex with lovely balance.
Massolino’s version of the Barolo ‘Margheria’ shared the Azelia’s more restrained nature. Still a fairly weighty wine, but quite tight at this stage with drying tannins building up on the finish.
The Massolino ‘Parafada’ was a bit more open with a nice cool, floral nose an classic hints of tar. Perfectly ripe fruit and herbal notes. Nice weight with great balanced acid and tannins.
A distinctly more modern wine, the Conterno-Fantino Barolo ‘Sori Ginestra’ 2008 had a big, explosive. Very weighty with luscious ripe fruit and big tannins, this had great structure underneath all the fruit.
To finish off, we went back a few years to try the 2001 Parusso Barolo ‘Bussia’. Softer and rounded, this had great spicy and floral aromas. Drinking beautifully right now.