The 2016 vintage for Baroli is genuinely spectacular, and for a classic producer like Paolo Manzone, it's a perfect one. Paolo is a traditionalist fashioning wine that can age a long time. The incredible purity of fruit from the 2016 vintage has given his wines the extra fruit that will allow them to drink a little earlier than usual but still age effortlessly for a decade or two. Manzoni is located in Serralunga D'Alba, the same commune where the legendary wines of Bruno Giacosa "Falletto," Roberto Conterno "Monfortino," Vietti "Lazzarito" and the Pio Cesare "Ornato" are sourced. All these wines command hundreds of dollars a bottle or more!
Mazone's Serralunga D'Alba is a blend of several vineyard sites traditionally made and aged in large oak casks for about two years. Aromas of Rose petals, red cherry, orange zest, minerals, and a savory component soar from the glass. The palate is terrific with the red fruit of plum and cherry, incredible grip, a touch of herbs, saline, and a long lingering finish. With some air, the wine opened up wonderfully, and should be ready to drink in a couple of years and should age a decade-plus easily! It's hard to find great Baroli at this price point, and this delivers the quality of Baroli priced two to three times the price!