2011 Costa Grimaldi Podere Luigi Einaudi
Tauter tighter nose than Terlo, more power intensity of cherries and plums, fleshier, denser. Palate is fuller with richer tannic structure, saturated berry fruit, cherries and strawberry, mineral drive, ripe acid, concentrated and long. L&S (Nov 2015)
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Higher toned, red fruits, floral, palate has much more extract gorgeous red fruit, rich full tannins, great acidity, but wound up and concentrated impressive length & balance. L&S (Mar 2015)
The 2011 Barolo Terlo Vigna Costa Grimaldi is the most complete of the wines in this range, largely the result of this site's slightly shelted exposure, something that is always an asset in warmer years. Expressive aromatic overtones add lift and precision to a core of pliant, racy fruit in a Barolo that captures the best qualities of the vintage while retaining plenty of poise. Dark red stone fruits, cherry pit, menthol and cinnamon are some of the many notes that are laced into the enticing finish. The Costa Grimaldi is quite a bit deeper and darker than the straight Terlo, but it also has a bit more nuance and better overall balance. Drinking range: 2018 - 2036 Rating: 93-93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Mar 2015)
Podere Luigi Einaudi
Firmly established as one of Dogliani's leading estates, Giorgio Ruffo (married to Paola Einaudi) continues to produce quite outstanding Dolcettos in a class well above any others we have tasted, and outstanding Barolos which are among the finest and most elegant of the region. Robert Parker recently wrote: ' Consulting oenologist Beppe Caviola has been instrumental in ratcheting up the quality at this historic property. I can't think of too many estates that have made such significant strides in just the last few years.'
To some Barolo represents the very pinnacle of Italian wine. The majestic ethereal character appeals to the senses in a similar way to red Burgundy, even if the style of the wines is utterly different. This is the intense and seductive world of Nebbiolo, where solid tannins vie unexpectedly well with delicate fruit, and where age unwinds ever more complex flavours. Contrast in this case a trio each from the traditional Podere Luigi Einaudi and the slightly more open style of Andrea Oberto. Whilst the straight Barolo Andrea Oberto and the Terlo from Luigi Einaudi might be intended for slightly earlier drinking, nothing in this case won't benefit from a little more age.
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