2013 Giacomo Ascheri Barolo (Elsewhere $35) SKU #1352590


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  • Rachel Vogel
    By: Rachel Vogel
    K&L Staff Member
    This is my second vintage working with the Ascheri Barolo, but I know it has impressed for many years before I entered the scene. It's complex savory cherry skin aromas and flavors with hints of dried mushrooms and violets make it easy to fall in love with. The harmonious character of the 2013 vintage shines with precise but graceful tannin structure while a fresh and lively red cherry character dances along the palate. It is unassuming yet complex, perfect introduction to one of the best vintages in years.
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    The past several vintages of this impressive and well-priced Barolo have been consistently good and wildly popular with our customers. Matteo Ascheri is a real pro and his 2013 reflects this excellent vintage. It's a classic style Barolo with ample weight, texture and finesse and plenty of delicious spiced red fruit. While the tannins are big, they're not austere and are well integrated. This is an impressive Barolo at the price and will cellar well or drink nicely in the near term.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    Classic, old school Barolo and a steal at this price. A great introduction to Barolo that won't feel like your wallet is hurting, the Cantine Ascheri has Nebbiolo's classic rose and tar aromas with lots of exotic spice and hints of leather & cedar. On the palate there's lovely red fruit with hints of anise delivered on a bed of acidity and well-integrated-yet-characterustic tannins.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    This is the best vintage that I have tried of this wine, granted there has only been three, but this stands heads and shoulders over those two wines. This wine not only smells of Nebbiolo, it smells of Barolo, not something that usually happens at this price point. You are immediately greeted with complex red fruits, spice and mushroomy earthiness (almost truffle-y). I am sold. Everything after that is gravy. The palate has freshness and a roundness with more fruit and less earth than the nose and plenty of layers. What a deal.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    For under $25, one could purchase: a bottle of cheap Pinot Grigio at a local Italian restaurant, a commercially made, mass market California Cabernet or Pinot Noir, a fancy bottle of craft brewed beer, or... a bottle of well made Barolo from one of the region's best vintages in modern history. I know where I would allocate my resources! This is delicious, direct, brightly fruited Barolo, with plenty of poise and great cut, something to sink your teeth into now or to cellar mid-term if you are so inclined. To be able to find such a representative bottling from one of the world's great wine regions, in a vintage as successful as 2013, for this low a price, is one of the more compelling buys in the wide world of European imported wines..
  • Brian Fogarty
    By: Brian Fogarty
    K&L Staff Member
    The La Morra district of Barolo can make delicate wines with light fruit and subtle nuances; well this is not the case for the 2013 Ascheri! Even in the glass the wine is not shy with muddled black raspberries, fresh cherries, a tarry undertone, sage and worn leather. On the palate the wine is full and the sangiovese’s tannins are restrained (a very La Morra attribute even in a rich year). Cherries, leather and anise grace the long finish. Ascheri Barolo has great acidity and would love to be invited to dinner with olive oil, buffalo mozzarella, summer brochette or all of the above.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine is full of spice and forest fruits with hints of cinnamon and porcini. On the palate this is Barolo, powerful, full, rich but has exceptionally well balanced tannins, still tannins but sweet and long. The flavors show layers of complex fruit that have a certain amount of sweetness to them, wild strawberry compote, and wild cherry, with leather, porcini and hints of truffle. The flavors are spectacular but the real winner here is the superb texture, so balanced, more elegant. I tasted this wine about a year ago and the wine has really changed, become so much more complex and supple, the tannins have become super well integrated. While you can drink this wine now it will age well for another 10+ years. Try it with a wild mushroom risotto or your favorite braised meat.
    Drink from 2018 to 2028


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