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Casalfarneto

2018 Verdicchio 'Fontevecchia'

98

Luca Maroni

Luca Maroni

Azienda Vinicola Palladino

2012 Barolo Riserva 'San Bernardo'

97

Platinum Award-An immensely powerful wine with huge yet refined, tightly wound tannins and great elegance and beauty. Richly layered black fruit, prune and tobacco leaves with hints of tea. Concentrated and grippy, this will go on and on

Decanter

Stephen Brook

5/30/2018

Poderi Gianni Gagliardo

2007 Barolo 'Serre' (10 Anni)

97

So much dried mushroom with bark, tea and dark berry character here. Full body, dense and tannic. Monster wine. Impressive. Love it. Drink or hold

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James Suckling

10/31/2017

Casalfarneto

2017 Verdicchio 'Fontevecchia'

97

Luca Maroni

Luca Maroni

Terra Rossa

2015 Brunello di Montalcino

96

Dark cherry and plum aromas with peach and hints of sandalwood. Some white-truffle undertones. Full- bodied, dense and layered with lots of beautiful fruit and intensity. Yet, there’s a subtle and focused nature to this. Better after 2022.

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James Suckling

10/1/2019

Azienda Vinicola Palladino

2016 Barolo 'Ornato'

96

I’ve tasted extremely impressive wines from Palladino in past vintages, but never one that attained this level of excellence. Additionally, the Ornato cru has been the source for many superb vintages made by the famous house of Pio Cesare, but I’m having trouble recalling one that was as impressive in overall terms as this wine. It is broad and weighty in overall profile for the vintage, yet shows remarkable purity of fruit for a big, powerful wine. Moreover, its weight and size weren’t achieved at the cost of any over-extraction, as it shows not hard edges from an overly long maceration or an excessively hot fermentation. The oak is very well measured, lending spice notes but never intruding on the core of fruit. As for that fruit, it really displays the wonderful character made possible by the vintage, showing primary sweetness all the way through the finish, but never any candied or stewed character indicating an overly ambitious late picking date. Quite simply, a marvelous achievement from this house.

Wine Review Online

Michael Franz

6/30/20

Azienda Vinicola Palladino

2013 Barolo Riserva 'San Bernardo'

96

My records indicate that I was fortunate to taste and score this wine “blind” in Alba on January 25, 2019, but a lot of water has passed under the proverbial bridge since then, so I didn’t recall that when I was again fortunate to taste a press sample of it last week. Despite that, my scores from the two tastings were identical, despite very different circumstances and 18 intervening months. Indeed, the main elements in my review from the blind tasting (which I just looked up as I write this) correspond perfectly to how the wine tastes now, after shipment to the USA. It shows marvelously expressive aromas immediately after the cork is pulled, with very heady scents of ripe fruit intermingled with multiple savory notes recalling cured meat and wild mushrooms. It is almost as quick out of the starting block in terms of flavor, displaying both red and black fruit tones as well as balsamic and spicy accents. The tannins are abundant but very fine in grain, lending shape to the ripe fruit flavors but without impinging on the wine’s very long, beautifully proportionate finish. One last thing: Many Barolo lovers deserted the “Riserva” category because many of the wines were criminally over-oaked during the “modernist” period that began in the 1990s before receding around 2005. Some modernist wines became very good with age, but the worst of the barrique-blasted Riservas started blunt and hard with wood tannins, stayed hard, and scared away a lot of wine lovers who had paid big money for them. This wine is a wonderful case in counterpoint, and although it will probably get better in the years ahead, it is totally ready to rock right now

Wine Review Online

Michael Franz

07/21/20

Poderi Gianni Gagliardo

2015 Barolo 'Mosconi'

96

Extremely perfumed and floral here. Hints of honeysuckle and rose petals with pretty fruit. Full-bodied yet tight and polished with a focused center palate and a flavorful finish. Fine tannins, yet powerful. Very long. First year for this new wine

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James Suckling

1/31/2019

Poderi Gianni Gagliardo

2015 Barolo 'Serra dei Turchi'

96

Fabulous aromas of dark berries, plums and spice with hints of dried tea and mahogany. Full-bodied, very tight and focused with a solid core of fruit and a long, flavorful finish. So well-integrated. De-stemmed by hand. 125 magnums made. Drink in 2022

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James Suckling

1/31/2019

Terra Rossa

2015 Brunello di Montalcino

96

Dark cherry and plum aromas with peach and hints of sandalwood. Some white-truffle undertones. Full-bodied, dense and layered with lots of beautiful fruit and intensity. Yet, there’s a subtle and focused nature to this. Better after 2022.

Wine Spectator

Bruce Sanderson

11/1/2019

Poderi Gianni Gagliardo

2016 Barolo 'Mosconi'

96

Decadent and wild with sliced-berry and mushroom aromas, as well as dried bark. It’s full-bodied with lots of tannins and new wood to the ripe fruit at the end. The purity of fruit and forest-floor character is very special. Big wine, which will come around with age. Better after 2023

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James Suckling

08/04/2020

Poderi Gianni Gagliardo

2013 Barolo 'Lazzarito Preve'

96

Aromas of licorice, rose petals and berries. Full body, chewy tannins and lots of fruit. It's tight and polished, and there's so much going on. Very cool. Best ever from this vineyard. Try in 2022

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James Suckling

11/30/2017

Poderi Gianni Gagliardo

2016 Barolo 'Serra dei Turchi'

95

Tasted from magnum, the Gianni Gagliardo 2016 Barolo Serra dei Turchi opens to creamy fruit aromas with soft blueberry and raspberry backed by spice, tar and cured tobacco. There is a touch of white chocolate or something vaguely lactic that blows off quickly and is replaced by sweet spice imparted by oak aging. These sensations give greater weight and consistency to the mouthfeel. This big bottle Barolo ends with soft tannins and a silky mouthfeel. Production is a tiny 186 magnums made, now 185 after I tasted this sample...

Robert Parker/Wine Advocate

Monica Larner

07/23/20

Poderi Gianni Gagliardo

2016 Barolo Serra dei Turchi'

95

Very pretty with dried meat, chocolate, plums and berries. Hints of burnt citrus. Medium to full body and a creamy, juicy finish. Beautiful purity of fruit. Better in two or three years. Try after 2022

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James Suckling

08/04/2020

Il Poggiolo

2015 Brunello di Montalcino

95

Cherry and dried-strawberry aromas with hints of lavender and fruit tea. Full body, firm and polished tannins with a lovely, fine texture. This is a tight and pretty red with length and focus. Needs two or three years to come completely together, but already so beautiful. Drink after 2021.​

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James Suckling

10/1/2019

Kellerei Kaltern

2015 Moscato Giallo Passito 'Quintessenz'

95

I have not tasted much Gewürztraminer from Cantina Kaltern, so this is a real treat. The 2018 Alto Adige Gewürztraminer Campaner is enormously fragrant and bright with a very specific and focused delivery that is not easy to achieve with this grape. Gewürztraminer aromas can appear all over the place, or become unruly, if not managed correctly. That's not the case here. White flower, jasmine and passion fruit are followed by a glossy note of latex or natural rubber that is true to the variety. There is a touch of sweet softness on the close along with tangy green herbal accents. Drink this wine young to capture that beautiful primary intensity.​

Robert Parker/Wine Advocate

Monica Larner

9/12/2019

Poderi Gianni Gagliardo

2015 Barolo 'Lazzarito Preve'

95

This has an exotic edge with plenty of cedary oak across pomegranate and dried-flower aromas, as well as flinty and ferrous nuances. The tannins are assertive and drive boldy, delivering a strong, cherry and red-plum core. Long finish. Try from 2023

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James Suckling

1/31/2019

Poderi Gianni Gagliardo

2016 Barolo 'Castelletto'

95

Aromas of strawberries and blueberries with some citrus and stone. Lilacs, too. Full-bodied, chewy and layered with gorgeous fruit and a bright, vivid finish. Driven intensity and purity to this. Needs two or three years to come together. Better after 2022

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James Suckling

08/04/2020

Poderi Gianni Gagliardo

2015 Barolo 'Fossati'

95

This is very floral and perfumed with lilacs and rose petals highlighting the pretty fruit. Full-bodied yet tight and focused with brilliant fruit and a finish that shows a grip of fine tannins. Very Barolo. Try in 2022

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James Suckling

1/31/2019

Azienda Vinicola Palladino

2013 Barolo Riserva 'San Bernardo'

95

Though the 2016 vintage in Barolo has been receiving great critical acclaim — rightfully so — other vintages from that DOCG are not far behind. Case in point, this 2013 from Palladino, based in Serralunga d’Alba, a Barolo zone known for tannic and tough wines. This one is terrific, muscular, but not tough at all. In fact, it’s surprisingly glossy, especially for a wine from Serralunga. A traditionally framed Barolo, it exudes a wonderful mixture of savory notes (especially, meaty ones) and dark fruit flavors. It’s chewy but tender. Engaging now, this wine is for the cellar to allow more development. Palladino has less than two acres in the small San Bernardo vineyard, so production is limited. It is worth the search

Wine Review Online

Michael Apstein

8/18/2020

Casalfarneto

NV Vermouth Bianco

95

IWSC

Poderi Gianni Gagliardo

2012 Barolo 'Serre'

94

An opulent red with plum and cherry aromas plus hints of roses. Full body, round and silky tannins and a fresh and bright finish. So lively and flavorful. Harmonious and beautiful. Drink now

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James Suckling

10/31/2016

Spinelli

2017 Terra d'Aligi Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 'Tatone'

94

Sensations: its great concentration is expressed by an admirable and deep purple colour. Its structure is viscous and dense, its scent is magnicently intense and persistent in its aromatic profusion. A majestic, creamy tannic black cherry, with hints of mint and oak spices that cover the huge mass of its fruit with balms. A fruit that highlights also the imaginative persistence of the sample with vanilla and chlorophyll aroma. A great wine.

Luca Maroni

Luca Maroni

6/4/20

Poderi Gianni Gagliardo

2005 Barolo 'Preve'

94

Very exotic, deep-set, tarry, earthy and spicy aromas here with freshness that belies its thirteen years of age. This has very rich, ripe red and black-cherry aromas and flabors, sweetly spiced earth and a superb draw of firm, powerful tannisn that build

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James Suckling

1/31/2019

Poderi Gianni Gagliardo

2016 Barolo 'La Morra'

94

The sweetness of fruit coming up out of the glass is really pretty, offering flowers, plums and ripe strawberries. It’s full-bodied with chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Powerful and rich. Length and intensity here. A little tight at the end, but lots going on. Beautiful, regional blend. Try after 2023

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James Suckling

08/04/2020

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