Barolo 2016: An All-Time Great

Barolo Vineyards
Barolo 2016 is a year for the history books, a dream vintage for growers and winemakers. Weather conditions were better than in 2010 with a slightly cooler September, making for wines that are "aromatic, beautifully resonant and highly expressive of site," capturing "all the pedigree that Nebbiolo & Barolo are capable of."  (Antonio Galloni)
The Wine Advocate's Monica Larner has published her reviews with rapturous praise.
"The 2016 vintage is epic, presenting outstanding results across the board. Following the underdog 2014 vintage and the highly praised but uneven 2015 vintage, these releases from 2016 are downright monolithic in their excellence. The 2010 vintage comes close to 2016, thanks to that careful balance of elegance and power, but 2016 achieves almost startling focus and purity that puts it ahead."

2016 is a year where the entry-level wines for earlier drinking also shine, the hallmark of an excellent year.  We are delighted to offer a selection:  Francesco Rinaldi & Poderi e Cantine Oddero whose traditionalist Barolo (in stock now) along with Elvio Cogno and Fenocchio, offer fantastic value for all pockets, the rich modernist crus from Conterno Fantino, and our last few cases of superstar Vietti.


***** New Additions *****

2016 BAROLO MOSCONI, E Pira (Chiara Boschis)
£375 per case 6 IB (5x6)
"The 2016 Barolo Mosconi is a gorgeous wine made all the more remarkable given that Mosconi can't really be said to be a top-level site. Dark and imposing, the 2016 captures all the breadth and tannic clout that are such signatures of this site. This is an especially brooding, virile Barolo, but Chiara and Giorgio Boschis clearly brought out all the best the vineyard had to give. 2024-2041."
96pts Antonio Galloni 
Contact us to enquire or register your interest.  Limited quantity available.  Offered In Bond, UK.

This is another stellar set of wines from the Oddero family. Mariacristina Oddero has really taken these wines to another level in recent years. The 2016s and 2015s I tasted are all translucent, classic wines that capture the essence of place with stylishness and class. – Antonio Galloni
VintageWineSizeCsBtWasSale Price
2016Barolo Castellero, Giacomo Fenocchio6x75cl--£189£189CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]-93---

The 2016s are striking and loaded with site character. The Vigna del Gris and Sorì Ginestra - the two classics in this range - see 100% new oak, while the Mosconi Vigna Ped - sees a year in cask and a year in larger format oak – Antonio Galloni

VintageWineSizeCsBtWasSale Price
2016Barolo Villero, Giacomo Fenocchio6x75cl--£200£200CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]-94---
2016Barolo Villero, Oddero6x75cl6-£290£290CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]-94---

Alessandro Ceretto's 2016 Barolos have turned out beautifully. Gracious and elegant wines, the 2016s capture the personality of the year and of each site. Ceretto describes 2016 as a year with very even weather and a regular ripening pattern. The approach remains as it has been for the last few years. Sustainable farming, spontaneous fermentations and two years in wood are the norm for wines that are now much more translucent and classic in feel than they were some years ago. – Antonio Galloni
VintageWineSizeCsBtWasSale Price
2016Barolo Brunate, Ceretto6x75cl--£490£490CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]9795---
2016Barolo, Ceretto6x75cl1-£225£225CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]-----
2016Barolo Bussia, Ceretto6x75cl--£490£490CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]9795---

This is a gorgeous set of Barolos from Francesco Rinaldi, one of many historic estates that has gone through a serious upswing in quality in recent years. – Antonio Galloni


Valter Fissore and Nadia Cogno's 2016s are absolutely gorgeous. Readers will get a very good idea about the strength of the year in tasting the Cascina Nuova, the estate's entry-level Barolo. – Antonio Galloni

Giacomo Fenocchio is a family estate with 150 years of winemaking history, now run by Claudio Fenocchio who has retained traditional approaches in the cellar, but switched to organic practices in the vineyards. The focus is on purity and transparency of the individual terroirs, as with the very best. This is a producer to follow, especially while prices have remained so reasonable.  In a tasting of 2010 Barolos by the New York Times in 2014, Fenocchio was rated second, after Elio Altare, and ahead of Vietti, Elio Grasso and Massolino.

Vietti's 2016 Barolos are stratospheric. I have been following the wines for several years, first as separate lots, then as young wines in barrel. In all of those tastings, the wines were never anything less than mesmerizingly beautiful and full of potential. Now that they are in bottle, that potential has been realized. These are, quite simply, the most monumental wines I have tasted in twenty years of visiting the estate. – Antonio Galloni