Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Monvigliero 2004
Wine AdvocateThe 2004 Barolo Monvigliero is a little more lean and austere than the Gramolere. It reveals notes of tobacco, autumn leaves and dried cherries on a medium-bodied, taut frame. The Monvigliero vineyard is located in Verduno, one of the smaller villages in the Barolo zone. The wines from this site are known to be fragrant and aromatic as is the case here. The Alessandria Barolo may very well be the finest wine made in Monvigliero. If the tannins soften a bit, this Barolo may merit an even higher score. The Monvigliero is mostly aged in cask, although a small part of the wine sees a few months in smaller 500-liter French oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.
Wine EnthusiastMonvigliero is a round, modern wine with sweet aromas of lavender flower, ginger, allspice, bee's wax, redwood and cherry cola. It's sophisticated and builds in intensity the longer it's kept it in the glass. A dusty mineral note appears in the mouth and makes for a drying close. Drink with hearty stews.
Wine SpectatorPlum, cedar and spices on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a dried fruit, fig, fresh mushroom and coffee aftertaste. Stylish. Best after 2010.