2017 Luigi Vico Barolo del Commune di Serralunga d'Alba

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A superb, floral and aromatic Barolo from an historic winery. Very enjoyable right now.

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While this is only the second time the Luigi Vico Barolo del Commune di Serralunga d'Alba has been made, it shows that its producers understand the vineyard and the grapes oh so well. With lots of red berries, spice and floral characters, the nose draws you in to the first sip.

The mix of fruity and savoury notes (red fruits, tea, spice) are supported by fresh acidity and fine tannins, making the wine one of the more approachable Barolos you'll find, but also one that you can cellar to gain some added complexity. Drink it with rich pasta dishes or red meat.

Luigi Vico’s wines come from his family-heirloom vineyard in Serralunga. With his ancestors having farmed the site, providing fruit for other estates since the early 1900s, Luigi decided to return to making wines under the Vico name. Assisted by famed neighbour, Davide Rosso, these wines are classic, yet precise and approachable. They are both new and entirely timeless. These bottlings have been a joy to discover.

95 Points - "A breathtakingly approachable Barolo with so much to offer. There is a gorgeous colour followed by beautifully ethereal aromas with an almost pinot noir-like seductive quality. Raspberry and red cherry with a dusting of spice and florals. There is real delicacy here. Flavours are then intense with red fruits topped by tea, potpourri and spice supported by ample but remarkably well-integrated tannins. It’s so drinkable now but also clearly has the balance to drink well for some time to come." Angus Hughson (Wine Pilot)

92 Points - "Red berry, violet and a whiff of oak-driven spice lead the way. Structured and elegant, the palate offers sour cherry, orange zest and licorice alongside taut, fine-grained tannins." Kerin O’Keefe (Wine Enthusiast)

93 Points - "Meriame cru, which sits on the other side of the hill to Prapò, and therefore is west to southwest facing. The contours and hills and winding bits of Barolo are generally quite bewildering. You drive around, and most often get quite confused. Luckily you have the villages perched on the highest points to sight, so you can get your bearings. Or maybe it’s just me, that has no idea. I struggle to locate my car in a carpark quite often… My children usually tell me I’m walking in the wrong direction. Dad! Jesus! Head in the clouds, or thinking of VERY IMPORTANT THINGS or some such. Anyway, raised in 1,500 Slavonian casks. 2,000 bottles produced. This is a very good wine for 2017, a vintage where I’ll buy select wines, though less than I have in 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012 etc.
"Strawberry, hazelnut, orange peel, some rose oil. Juicy, fresh, poached strawberry and spice, fresh feel, a little sappy, light powdery grip to tannin, again the twisted orange in Negroni bite, good energy and a nutty and spicy finish of solid length. It drinks well, and delivers juicy flavour and easy drinking appeal. Maybe not long term, though it could well surprise." Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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