Podere Rocche dei Manzoni di Valentino Barolo Vigna Cappella di Santo Stefano 2010
|Region||Italy, Piedmont, Barolo|
|Brand||Podere Rocche dei Manzoni di Valentino|
Robert Parker 93 Points "The 2010 Barolo Perno Vigna Cappella di S. Stefano offers tight lines and sharp contours. This Barolo delivers distinct aromas of tar, licorice, pressed violet and dried cherry. Background notes of rosemary and mint also appear. The wine is well along in its evolution but still has much road to cover. The acidity and the tannins both show the promise of more careful aging ahead."
Aromas recall tilled earth, clove, spice, herbs and red berry. The palate displays crushed black cherry, black pepper, toasted oak, vanilla and coconut alongside big, brooding tannins. Although the fruit richness holds up at first, astringent wood tannins generate an abrupt, drying finish.
The 2010 Barolo Vigna Cappella di S. Stefano, from a pristine hillside site in Perno, offers the best balance of these wines. Here the fruit is rich, dark and beautifully intense. The trademark Rocche dei Manzoni tannins are present, but here there is more than enough juiciness to provide better balance than in some of the other wines. Dark cherry, plum, menthol, tar, smoke and cloves flow through to the rich, exotic finish. The 2010 impresses for its combination of power and freshness.
A delicate, fruity Barolo with dried strawberry, cherry and nutmeg powder. Medium body, fine, chewy tannins and a walnut, cherry and berry aftertaste.