2015 Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto (750ml)

Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Cordero di Montezemolo's wines are very pretty. This is particularity true in 2015, a vintage associated with ripe, generous fruit – the Monfalletto is very Pinot Noir. With beautiful aromatics of dried flowers, lavender and violets followed by delicate textures and elegant tannins on the palate, the wine is most seductive. Generally the wines of La Morra do have more elegant, smooth tannins. Predominately sandy soils provide the harmonious elegance that is the hallmark of La Morra. Any visit to Barolo should include a panoramic, patio lunch at Bovio – a spectacular view of the Barolo region from the La Morra hill. The Barolo Enrico VI hails from grand cru Villero located across the vista south east in Casteglione Falletto, altogether a different wine. I love what they do with Nebbiolo at Cordero di Montezemolo.


Aromas of walnuts, dried strawberries, vanilla and cedar lead to a palate that has a smooth core of sweet red-plum and cherry flavors. This will fill out nicely in the next few years, around a core of really fresh and vibrant red fruit. Try from 2023.

94 points, James Suckling (Nov 2019)

Monfalletto is a name registered to the Cordero di Montezemolo family. However, the 2015 Barolo Monfalletto actually sees most (about 70%) of its fruit come from the Gattera cru and the rest from the Annunziata vineyard, both located in La Morra. The family feels that Monfalletto could be its own MGA, but that never happened. In the portfolio lineup, this wine counts as the entry-level Barolo, or a "classico" Barolo, as this category is more appropriately known locally. The wine offers elegantly minty aromas with more red fruit aromas than black fruit per se. There are distinct floral notes of violets and rose bud that give the wine an immediately attractive and accessible personality.

93 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # 243 - Jun 2019)

Cordero di Montezemolo's 2015 Barolo Monfalletto is a very pretty wine. Kirsch, sweet red cherry, pine, tobacco and menthol are all amped up in this generous, radiant, yet mid-weight Barolo. Time in bottle will allow the tannins to soften and let the underlying succulent fruit to emerge fully. There is certainly plenty to look forward to. The tannins could use a bit of time to soften, but otherwise, the 2015 Monfalletto is very nicely done.

92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Feb 2019)


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