Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano 2016
|Region||Italy, Piedmont, Barolo|
Robert Parker- 93 Points
The 2016 Barolo Tortoniano is an accessible and forthcoming wine that gives you the complexity and nuance of the Nebbiolo grape with a fruit-forward and food-friendly personality. There is a dry and astringent quality to the tannins that might need to smooth itself out with a few more years of cellar aging. Otherwise, the wine would pair with ravioli stuffed with minced meat and topped with extra cheese.
Earthy and delicious, this opens with aromas of ripe dark-skinned berry, new leather, truffle and crushed botanical herb. The structured, expressive palate delivers crushed black cherry, mature raspberry, tobacco and the barest whiff of game alongside tightly knit, velvety tannins. It's well balanced, with fresh acidity. Drink 2024–2031.
Ripe and generous with currants, plums and spice, as well as chocolate character. It’s full-bodied with round tannins and a firm, racy finish.
Mint and eucalyptus add a savory side to the cherry, raspberry and floral flavors in this elegant red. It's vibrant and approachable now for its fresh fruit, yet will improve with age. Fine balance and length on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2040.
Chiarlo's 2016 Barolo Tortoniano is a fabulous wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. A burst of sweet red berry fruit gives the 2016 so much immediacy and overall appeal. Rose petal, mint, spice and cedar build as the 2016 opens with a bit of time in the glass. The 2016 is such a pretty wine.