Interestingly enough this was my favourite wine of the 08s in my tasting at the estate. It might well appear 'understated' alongside the others, but I found it incredibly elegant and almost feminine for a Barolo. Floral and spicy, with lovely savoury fruit and ripe, mouthcoating tannins, I think this is stunning.
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The 2008 Barolo Vigneto Brunate comes across as relatively understated and light weight in this vintage. It is texturally beautiful and silky, but the gravitas, darkness and muscle of Brunate is missing. This looks to be a relatively early maturing Barolo. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2023
89/100 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com
They have 0.6 ha out of 25 ha. 2,000 bottles. Bright brickish ruby. Really complex and inviting on the nose. Sweet perfumed red and black plums. Lots of sweet wild herbs and the slightest hint of roses. Very slightly dusty. Dense and much more savoury and grippy on the palate than the nose predicted. Plenty of friction and no astringency and a refined finish. Firm and less scented though it opens up on the mid palate and so fresh and elegantly balanced. A way to go. 2014-2025
17.5+ Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com
This shows lots of new wood but stylish ripe fruit underneath. Full body, with fine tannins and a chewy finish. Needs to soften with age. Powerful. Best after 2015.
93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com
Andrea Oberto: Full Wine List and Profile
A small family run business based in La Morra, over sixteen hectares of vineyards and producing ten wines. The Barolos come from a production area encompassing eleven towns, including the famous 'crus' of Brunate, Rocche, and Albarella. The wines are beautifully focused and age well, although immensely approachable in their youth.
In the words's of Fabio Oberto:
"The Andrea Oberto winery’s origins are humble in fact everything began in 1959 when my grandfather bought a farmhouse in La Morra. At that time the farmers could not survive with just one crop, therefore, my grandfather earned a living growing peaches, grapes and raising cows. However in the family business there was enough work for everyone and this is the reason why my father, Andrea, when he became adult, decided to leave his family in order to start working for a big company as truck driver. Andrea came back to La Morra just in 1978 when his father died. He inherited the family’s land and he began managing the farm. Over the years wine has become a popular product and this encouraged many farmers, like Andrea to focus solely on vine growing. At the beginning part of the grapes was sold to cooperatives and another part was transformed into wine which was sold bulk to private customers. Devoting all of his time and energies in order to realize his dream, Andrea transformed a small farm into a wine company with sixteen hectares as well as a wine production of 100.000 bottles of prestigious wine which today is sold worldwide."
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