Renato Corino Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata 2018
It’s a great cru, for sure. I kind of try to put my oak bias to one side when tasting Barolo, though most often I think on what could have been. Has all the floral and red fruited perfume of the cru, albeit overlaid with some spicy nutmeg and cedar oak, and some aniseed too. Medium-bodied, bright and fresh, all the red fruits, something like a spoonful of those hard sweets you get at Indian restaurants, the aniseed and rose-laced things, a little new leather, a quiet succulence and fine powdery tannin to close. It’s a fine and lacy wine, a slight blood orange tang too, with good length and energy.
A broad, open red, revealing vibrant black cherry and blackberry flavors at the center, with accents of tar, iron, licorice and tobacco. Ends with complexity and a long fruity, savory and spicy aftertaste. Best from 2025 through 2043. 250 cases made, 100 cases imported.