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The Wine Advocate VIRNA

The Wine Advocate, #219


Jun 2015  Virna's 2011 Barolo Cannubi Boschis does a nice job of portraying both territory and grape. The wine peels back with simple layers of dark fruit, spice, licorice and pressed rose. The quality of aromas is straightforward and steady. It doesn't offer big excitement, but it does prove to be a steady and friendly food companion. It should flesh out further with more years in your cellar. 


BAROLO Del Comune DI BAROLO 2011 Score 90

Of Virna's new releases, the 2011 Barolo del Comune del Barolo is my favorite wine. This Nebbiolo expression represents a blend of fruit from the Preda vineyard (75%) plus the Sarmassa cru in the Barolo township. It exhibits a pure and defined quality of fruit with good intensity and lively buoyancy. The tannins are firm but polished and the wine shows a touch of refreshing acidity on the close. 



Made from a blend of fruit from two vineyard crus, the 2006 Barolo Preda Sarmassa shows a large frame and heavy consistency. Dark fruit, oak spice and leather are presented in broad brush strokes. The wine is aged in wood (botte grande and tonneaux) for three years and ultimately that oak element is the dominant force. The wine finishes with soft tannins and sweet flavors of blackberry and baking spice. It will appeal to those who enjoy wines from the bolder and bigger side of the Barolo spectrum. 



Aged one year in botte grande and one year in tonneaux, the 2010 Barolo Sarmassa delivers a surprising level of ripe fruit and sweet cherry softness. It speaks in a deep voice with a slow but well-articulated cadence. There is density and power here, but this is not a nuanced wine. It adopts a simple and clear-cut attitude with thick textural layers and medium persistence. 

BAROLO  DOCG 2011 Score 87
The 2011 Barolo sees fruit sourced from multiple sites including Sottocastello di Novello, Boiolo in La Morra, San Giovanni in Monforte d'Alba and Cerviano Merli in Novello. The wine delivers ripe and opulent fruit tones with thick veins of spice and tobacco at the back. It shows rich density that wraps evenly over the palate. 

BAROLO PREDA SARMASSA 2008 Score 87 The 2008 Barolo Preda Sarmassa is weighed down by cooked aromas of blackberry jam and fruit marmalade. It also shows tertiary tones of spice, licorice and candied plum that add to the wine's overall opulence and boldness. This Barolo is made with fruit from two vineyards (Preda and Sarmassa, both located in the Barolo township). The mouthfeel is soft and simple. It should be consumed within the next ten years. 

BARBERA D’ALBA DOC 2012 The 2012 Barbera d'Alba offers a smooth ride at an attractive price point. The wine ages in large oak casks for up to ten months and although it is not the most refined or polished expression of the grape, it offers a genuine quality that is driven by loads of dark fruit, prune, plum and blackberry. Spice and leather fill in the rear. 

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