Best Barolos – Antonio Galloni and Tom Hyland

In the recent piece on "Piedmont Comes of Age", Antonio Galloni gave his list of Piedmont's Ten Most Underrated Producers

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Piedmont, like most wine regions, remains dominated by the image, history and quality level associated with a small handful of iconic growers. As phenomenal as the wines of those producers can be, today there are a number of estates making very fine wines for a fraction of the cost. These are some of my favorite under the radar producers (in no particular order). All of these estates have two things in common; each of their wines is consistently excellent to outstanding in their respective peer groups, and prices offer good value. To be sure, Barolo, Barbaresco and top-flight Barbera are rarely inexpensive in absolute terms, but your dollar is likely to go further in Piedmont than it is in many, if not most, of the world’s most celebrated regions for fine, cellar worthy wine, including Bordeaux, Burgundy and California. Here, then, is my top ten list of Piedmont's most overlooked wineries:

Brovia (Castiglione Falletto),

Cavallotto (Castiglione Falletto),

G.D. Vajra (Barolo),

Cantina del Pino (Barbaresco),

Roagna (Barbaresco),

Fratelli Alessandria (Verduno),

Alessandro e Gian Natale Fantino (Monforte),

Cascina Val del Prete (Roero),

Elvio Cogno (Novello) and

Produttori del Barbaresco (Barbaresco).



And this is from Tom Hyland's blog …



Best Barolos

November 3, 2009

Renato Ratti Winery, Annunziata (Photo ©Tom Hyland)

Renato Ratti Winery, Annunziata (Photo ©Tom Hyland)

A few months ago, I assembled the choices of several Italian wine authorities regarding Brunello di Montalcino. Today, we turn our attention to Barolo.

I asked some of my friends to give me their choices for best Barolos. Some opted for individual bottlings, while others merely listed producers. Some list as many as 20 examples, while one person went with only four producers.

Here are the lists:

Charles Scicolone – Author of the blog Charles Scicolone on Wine. One of America’s leading authorities on Italian wines. Wine writer and restaurant consultant. He lives in New York City.

  • Cantina Bartolo Mascarello
  • Giuseppe Mascarello-”Monprivato”
  • Poderi Colla-’Bussia”
  • Francesco Rinaldi-Cannubbio”
  • Vietti SLR “Rocche”
  • Giacomo Borgogno & Figli “Classico Riserva”
  • Schiavenza-”-Broglio”
  • Giorgio Scarzello “Vigna Merenda”
  • Elvio Cogno-”Ravera”
  • G. Brezza & Figli-”Sarmassa”

Craig Camp – A veteran of more than 30 years in the wine industry, Craig formerly lived near the Barolo area, organizing wine tours. He also imported Italian wines into America. Today he lives in Napa Valley and is general manager of Cornerstone Cellars. He is an enthusiastic blogger and I recommend his WineCampBlog.

  • Vajra Brolo Bricco della Viole
  • Giacomo Brezza Barolo Cannubi
  • Marcarini Barolo Brunate
  • Marcarini Barolo La Serra
  • Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate
  • Poderi Colla Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose
  • Brovia Barolo Ca’ Mia
  • Brovia Barolo Rocche dei Brovia
  • Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia
  • Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino
  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga
  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche di Falletto
  • Paolo Conterno Barolo Ginestra Riserva
  • Elio Grasso Barolo Ginestra Vigna Casa Mate’
  • Vietti Barolo Villero Riserva
  • Giuseppe Moscarello Barolo Monprivato
  • Bartolo Mascarello Barolo
  • Teobaldo Cappellano Barolo Otin Fiorin Collina Gabutti
  • Oddero Barolo Vigna Rionda

Falletto Vineyard of Bruno GIacosa, Serralunga d'Alba (Photo ©Tom Hyland)

Falletto Vineyard of Bruno Giacosa (Photo ©Tom Hyland)

Alfonso Cevola – Italian wine importer, distributor and educator. He is the author of the blog On the Wine Trail in Italy. He currently resides in Dallas.

  • Bruno Giacosa
  • Giacomo Conterno
  • Elvio Cogno
  • Cascina Bruni

Jeremy Parzen – Wine educator and marketing consultant, he is the author of the Italian wine-themed blog DoBianchi and co-author of the blog vinowire with Franco Ziliani. He currently splits his time between Austin and San Diego.

  • Anselma
  • Bartolo Mascarello
  • Brovia
  • Bruno Giacosa
  • Cappellano
  • Castello di Verduno
  • Cavallotto
  • Francesco Rinaldi
  • Giacomo Borgogno
  • Giacomo Conterno
  • Giacomo Fenocchio
  • Giuseppe Rinaldi
  • Marcarini
  • Massolino
  • Oddero
  • Ratti
  • Roagna

And finally, my choices:

First ten (in alphabetical order)

  • Bartolo Mascarello
  • Cavallotto Bricco Boschis “Vigna San Giuseppe Riserva”
  • Ceretto “Prapo”
  • Cogno “Ravera”
  • Aldo Conterno “Romirasco”
  • Fontanafredda “Lazzarito La Delizia”
  • Elio Grasso “Chiniera Vigna Casa Maté”
  • Marcarini “Brunate”
  • Giuseppe Rinaldi “Brunate Le Coste”
  • Vietti “Rocche”

Next ten:

  • Ascheri “Sorano Coste e Bricco”
  • Einaudi “Costa Grimaldi”
  • Massolino “Margheria”
  • Oddero “Brunate”
  • Sergio Barale “Cannubi”
  • Renato Ratti “Conca Marcenasco”
  • Francesco Rinaldi “Brunate”
  • Rocche Costamagna “Rocche dell’Annunziata – Bricco Francesco”
  • Enrico Scavino “Rocche dell’Annunziata”
  • Roberto Voerzio “Sarmassa”

– Tom Hyland

One thought on “Best Barolos – Antonio Galloni and Tom Hyland

  1. Vietti “Rocche”? may i ask why not other?
    [版主回覆11/17/2009 07:45:00]Craig Camp listed Villero Riserva, and Wasserman listed Lazzarito as well!


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