Writer-Director Gren Wells & Barolo
Wines of the Night
1998 Mauro Molino Vigna Gancia ($55)
Classic Barolo nose of dried roses and black fruits. Slightly closed on the palate, with excellent acidity and soft tannins and a long, liquorice-leather finish. Will develop slowly and long.
1998 Fratelli Revello Vigna Giachini ($80)
So much ripe fruit on the nose with loads of strawberries and milk chocolate. Dried mushroom too. Full bodied, with wonderfully velvety tannins and a long, long finish. I love the richness and flamboyant character.
1998 Sandrone Cannubi Boschis ($140)
Barolo Cannubi Boschis is the flagship wine and is the one that earned Luciano his early success, being one of the first Italian wines to earn 100 points from the noted critic Robert Parker. This single-vineyard wine is typically dense and concentrated, but shows incredible harmony and balance. The medium-weight structure shows delightful and seductive notes of berries and cherries, with floral and mineral aspects. In great vintages, properly cellared examples will drink well for 20+ years. The finish is sweet and broad, with moderate, ripe tannins and long length.