Forest floor sandalwood wild rose and cedar aromas take shape in the glass. Savory structured and poised the palate is still young and primary delivering ripe Morello cherry spiced cranberry licorice and ground clove set against a backbone of firm fine-grained tannins. Drink 2025?2037.
With some 7000 bottles released the Fratelli Alessandria 2017 Barolo Gramolere gives us a taste of fruit from Monforte d'Alba as opposed to Verduno where this winery is based. The Nebbiolo from this further-flung village shows deep power and equal grace and you feel the contrast in this warm-vintage wine. This Barolo sits firmly on the palate with dark shades of cherry blackcurrant and wild plum. These fruit tones cede to iron ore rusty nail and dark licorice. This wine shows power and almost sanguine or earthy intensity. The wine will hit the market in September 2021.
The 2017 Barolo Gramolere is a powerful tightly wound wine full of Monforte tension. Readers will have to be patient. Dark-fleshed fruit spice menthol licorice and sage add layers of aromatic intrigue to this firm hulky Barolo. The 2017 takes all the Gramolere signatures and turns up the volume.
Some pleasant cherry and raspberry character here with hints of roses. Medium-to full-bodied with firm silky tannins and relaxed fruit flavors turning more savory through the long finish. Shows promise. The center palate should fill out a bit as the tannins subside. Give it time. Try in 2024.v