The 2015 Barolo Ludo is the most accessible offering in the Poderi Luigi Einaudi portfolio, and this is absolutely intentional. Fruit is sourced from all the estate's major vineyard sites (the youngest vines), including Cannubi, Terlo and Bussia. The so-called Terrazza parcel that they farm in Cannubi was put into this wine instead of the single-vineyard expression. Ludo has a shorter maceration than the other wines (at 18 to 20 days). This vintage is healthy, dark and exuberant with a full and generous set of aromas that span from dark fruit to cola and balsam herb. Mint and eucalyptus also appear. By the way, this wine comes with some really cool cardboard packaging. The bottle is hidden in what looks like children's building blocks.
92+ points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # 243 - Jun 2019)
Wild red berry, fragrant blue flower and tobacco aromas align with a delicate whiff of camphor. The full-bodied, refined palate doles out juicy Morello cherry, raspberry compote and licorice, while taut, fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity provide elegant structure and balance. Drink 2022–2027.
92 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2019)
With its rich, meaty tannins and dark, smoky fruit flavors, this feels ripe and warm, the notes of licorice, cocoa and warm spice adding appeal.
91 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2019)
Attractive aromas of bright, red cherries and wild raspberries lead to a supple, suave and fluid palate with bright and approachable fruit presence. Drink or hold.
91 points, James Suckling (Nov 2019)
The 2015 Barolo Ludo is a gorgeous entry-level bottling from Einaudi. Fruity, supple and engaging, the Ludo is a terrific choice for drinking now and over the next decade or so. Succulent red cherry, plum and sweet spice notes are all pushed forward. The Ludo is built on a core of fruit from Terlo, with smaller pieces from Cannubi, Bussia and Zuncai. Shorter fermentations exalt the fruit.
90 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Feb 2019)