(Bottled with the moon on the 2-3 September 2018.) The 2015 Barolo 'normale' has such a lovely nose with a soft weight of deep red fruit just peaking out from the background for now. The energy is good, a fine line of brightness runs from start to finish. This is quite closed for now but has lovely floating aromatics. The weight of rich fruit is clear, but subtle for now. Compared to many 2015s we have tasted this is surprisingly poised and pert. Not dark nor brooding a real pleasure on the red-fruit spectrum. Good stuff and really measured. Fine tannins build gently. Bravo! This comes from 3 different vineyards 1 is 55 years old, the 2nd 18 years and the 3rd was planted 25 years ago. L&S (Feb 2019)
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Quite a bit of colour for a Nebbiolo. Jammy blackberry and cherry, with a hint of rose lift and background nuttiness. More ripe cherry on the palate that holds the pretty firm, peppery tannins reasonably well. Alcohol penetrates the finish though, and the heat of the vintage shows. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 16 Tim Jackson MW, www.jancisrobinson.com(Apr 2020)
Aromas of iron, stone and fresh, sliced strawberries follow through to a medium to full body with tannins that build on the palate. Needs three to four years to soften. Drinking range: 2019 - 2022 Rating: 93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Nov 2019)
Pliant, supple and wonderfully inviting, Andrea Oberto's Barolo is a terrific introduction to the year. Succulent red cherry, plum, mocha, spice and dried flowers are all laced together in this racy, silky Barolo. The 2015 will drink beautifully right out of the gate. Think of it as the Barolo equivalent of a top-notch Burgundy village. The 2015 Barolo is a blend of three sites in La Morra: Boiolo, San Francesco and Annunziata. Drinking range: 2019 - 2027 Rating: 91 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Feb 2019)
A small family run winery and vineyard based in La Morra, The Obertos have sixteen hectares of vineyards and produce a brilliant 'village' Barolo as well as 2 from the different 'crus' of Rocche dell'Annunziata and Albarella. The wines are beautifully focused and age well, although immensely approachable in their youth as there is a deliciously juicy and generous feel that runs through all the wines.
The Andrea Oberto winery’s origins are humble in fact everything began in 1959 when Andrea's father bought a farmhouse in La Morra. At that time the farmers could not survive with just one crop, therefore, he earned a living growing peaches, grapes and raising cows. However, in the family business there was enough work for everyone and so Andrea, when he became adult, decided to leave the farm and started working for a big company as truck driver. Andrea came back (Thankfully!) to La Morra in 1978 when his father died. He inherited the family’s land and he began managing the farm. He soon began to focus solely on vine growing. At the beginning the grapes were sold to cooperatives with some sold locally to friends and family. Devoting all of his time and energies to the family farm Andrea's talents soon became clear, and the small farm quickly morphed into a wine company with sixteen hectares of their own wines and brilliant cellar.
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