2017 Michele Chiarlo Reyna Barbaresco
Michele Chiarlo graduated from enology school in 1956 and followed seven generations of wine growers into the business. When he started, the wines of Piemonte rarely left the area, but in the 60's he was a part of the movement to improve the wines of the region and export them to the rest of Europe and the US.
Today son's Stefano and Alberto are heavily involved in the wholly owned family business. They have been at the forefront to earn DOCG recognition for Barolo as well as revolutionizing winemaking.
Wine Enthusiast, 93 points
This opens with aromas of scorched earth, truffle, ripe black-skinned fruit and new leather. The smooth, chewy palate is loaded with personality, doling out fleshy Morello cherry, licorice and a hint of salted game alongside pliant, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2022–2027.
James Suckling, 92 points
Lots of dried fruit with intense strawberries, figs and flowers on the nose. Full-bodied with lots of chewy tannins and rich fruit. Big wine. Drink in 2022 and onwards.
Wine & Spirits, 90 points
Fruit from the Barbaresco and Neive communes was harvested two weeks early in the hot, dry 2017 growing season, preserving acidity to balance this wine’s dark-cherry flavors. Notes of menthol brighten its dark fruit tones as the wine finishes warm and spicy.
Italy, Piedmont, Barbaresco DOCG
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