Josetta Saffirio Barolo DOCG 2016


Is there a more pure Barolo than this? It has the flavour of Barolo, with the finesse and lingering nuance of Barbaresco. Incredibly complex nose of clove, lavender, aniseed, roses and red fruit compote. Prettiness never had such presence. Full, supple and round in the mouth, the flavours and textures woven. Amplitude, that sings louder towards the velvet flecked finish. Beautiful wine, that demanded a rethink of what I expected from Barolo. Measured and refined finesse, and despite its assured originality, is firmly grounded in the traditions of Barolo. Enthralling and captivating. Waters Wine Co

Saffirio’s five hectares of Barolo vines are all sited where the hill of Castelletto ensures a cooler microclimate compared to much of the region. The soil type here is called Elveziano and is best described as containing ancient marine deposits that have been pushed toward the surface. This helps contribute to the elegant, restrained and mineral-tinged style of Barolo the house is known for. From an astounding Barolo vintage, the 2016 spent just 10 days on skins and was raised in traditional large, neutral barrels for 24 months, and had a further six months rest in concrete before bottling.

“…offers a bouquet that is soft and delicate, with pretty aromatic accents and nuances that pop up as the wine unfolds. This is a delicate and soulful wine that speaks in hushed tones, but it gets its beautifully articulated message across in an impactful and lasting way…” 93 points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate

“Deep, smoky cherry and plum aromas. Plush, sumptuous, you almost sink into this wine until the tannins start to bite. Finely ground cinnamon and allspice, the sharp floral-citrus lift of dried hibiscus petals, and a dusting of pepper over cherry fruit that becomes rather more tart and pointed on the palate. Elegant, leggy tannins, although the texture is that of soft leather rather than silk. Wonderfully peppery on the finish!”  16.5 out of 20 – Tamlyn Currin,

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