This 2017 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero is from the Monvigliero vineyard, which is the jewel in the crown of Verduno. Often described as the most Burgundy-like of Barolos, this wine lives up to its reputation. It is a medium-deep, bright and youthful ruby color with a rich, dense, intensely perfumed rose garden and hedonistic spice nose with notes of exotic sandalwood. The aromas and flavors are persistent and intense. The soft, round, velvety, silky texture and dense red berry and raspberry coulis flavors combine. There’s a little grip and bite to the tannins and maybe an element of green herb in the background. A lovely, sensual wine.
Monvigliero is becoming one of my absolute favorite terroirs in all of Barolo, as in the hands of the Alessandria family, one cannot ask for an example that shows more fidelity to this beautiful vineyard. Their 2017 Monvigliero delivers an absolutely stunning aromatic constellation of sappy cherry fruit, gamebird, woodsmoke, a very complex, chalky soil impression, gentle notes of camphor, a touch of fresh oregano and mustard seed and a beautifully strident floral topnote redolent of both roses and peonies. On the palate the wine is bright, sappy, full-bodied and nicely structured, with a great core of fruit, superb mineral drive and bounce, laser-like focus, stellar complexity and a very long, ripely tannic and impeccably balanced finish. This is one of the finest young vintages of Burlotto Monvigliero that I have ever tasted! 2035-2085+.