2016 Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Bricco Gattera (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 2016, 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.


The Cordero di Montezemolo 2016 Barolo Gattera brings on an extra level of intensity and concentration when tasted beside the slightly more accessible Barolo Monfalletto. This wine represents a selection of the best fruit from the site at the upper parts of the vineyard. The wine's concentration or overall richness is nudged up a notch. It's not easy choosing a favorite between Monfalletto and Gattera in this beautifully balanced vintage; however, this wine appeals to those who appreciate more dark blackberry power and fruit weight in their Barolo. The tannins are silky and smooth, showcasing the best of La Morra fruit. I'd pair this with braised meat or any dish involving precious truffles from Alba.

96 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jul 2020)

The 2016 Barolo Gattera is one of the best recent editions of this wine I can remember tasting. The natural richness and fruit intensity of this hillside site make for a beautifully expressive Barolo. Dark cherry, hard candy, plum, spice, sweet lavender, graphite and leather all infuse the 2016 with notable character and captivating inner perfume. The Gattera is a blend of two parcels, both southwest facing. It is 2016 is a positively stunning wine.

96 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Feb 2020)

A really creamy, polished Barolo with ripe tannins and a fruity yet complex palate, highlighted by tar, chocolate and cedar. It’s full-bodied and rich at the finish. Try after 2023.

96 points, James Suckling (Aug 2020)

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