2004 Barolo Riserva "Villero" DOCG, Vietti
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
The recently-bottled 2004 Barolo Villero is simply awesome. A vivid, multi-dimensional wine, the Villero emerges from the glass with layers of dark cherries, spices, violets, smoke, minerals, licorice and tar. The level of precision and clarity here is simply mind-boggling. Readers will have to wait until 2011 to get their hands on this gem, but any bottle opened before 2016 (at the very earliest) is likely to be a purely academic exercise. The Villero spent a whopping 46 months in oak, virtually all of it large cask. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2034.
The 2004 Barolo Riserva Villero is wonderfully alive and nuanced in the glass. This is another wine I have vivid memories of tasting from cask, before Luca Currado had decided to bottle it as a Riserva. Silky and exceptionally polished, the Riserva captures all of the signatures of Villero in its expressive floral and spiced aromatics. Layers of fruit continue to unfold in a dramatic, statuesque Barolo endowed with tons of pure pedigree. Today, the Villero is in a beautiful spot, but it could also use a few more years in bottle to soften a touch further.
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