Mauro Molino Barolo Gallinotto DOCG 2016
Winemaker Notes :
The Molino family’s Barolo. A real recovered treasure. This vineyard is in fact located inside the MGA (additional geographical cru) of Berri, a long underestimated area that, thanks to the Molino family, has regained its past splendor. This wine has a fascinating and intriguing bouquet, with hints of dark berries and eucalyptus. Persistent and full-bodied with a citrus aftertaste.
Complex aromas and flavors of mint, eucalyptus, cherry, strawberry, iron and tar are the hallmarks of this intense red. It's juicy, with solid tannins providing support. The lengthy aftertaste echoes both savory and fruity elements. Best from 2024 through 2047. 900 cases made, 320 cases imported.
The Mauro Molino 2016 Barolo Gallinotto (this is a proprietary name, but the fruit comes from the Berri vineyard in the high part of La Morra) is beautifully smooth and supple even at this young age. Indeed, the overall approach is accessible and silky with an even presentation of wild berry fruit, rose, wet earth and white licorice. This wine glides clear over the palate with ease. It definitely recalls the characteristics of La Morra. "Silky" is the descriptor I would apply. Some 9,000 bottles were released.
The 2016 Barolo Gallinotto is an attractive, gracious La Morra Barolo. The tannins need time to soften, so I would cellar it for at least a year or two. Dried cherry, mint, orange rind, crushed rose petal, anise and sweet spice all develop in the glass. Ultimately, the 2016 might merit a slightly more positive note if it sheds some of its youthful austerity.