Prunotto (Antinori), Barolo, Piedmont, Italy, 2016 through Merchant of Wine.

Prunotto, Barolo DOCG, Piedmont, Italy, 2016 (Antinori)

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Overview of the Wine
Cantina Sociale "Ai Vini delle Langhe", a winemaking co-op, was incorporated in 1904 in the city council room of Serralunga's Town Hall presided by Mr. Giacomo Oddero, a notary public and a youthful Alfredo Prunotto as a witness. Among those present at the ceremony were prominent citizens who made important contributions to the history of Alba and the surrounding communities, as well as many small local producers. The first harvest took place in 1905. Unfortunately the following years were burdened by an uncertain economic trend worsened by the effects of the First World War. On the deadline for renewal of the Cantina Social’s by-laws in 1922, many of its members changed their minds and no longer delivered their grapes to the co-op. The vintage was exceptional but was not abundant. The winery began to have serious financial difficulties and was put into liquidation.

The Antinori family first became involved with the Prunotto winery in 1989 initially handling distribution and then in 1994, when the Colla brothers decided to retire, they took over production upholding the excellent quality standards that Alfredo Prunotto successfully achieved. The winery's production philosophy, always extremely attentive to details and deeply passionate about wine, brought Prunotto and the Antinori family together to face a new challenge: to explore and develop the potential of this new terroir where both local and international varieties can express the area's remarkable territorial identity.

Grape / Blend
Nebbiolo

Origin
Piedmont, Italy

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Prunotto’s Barolo 2016 is garnet red in color. The nose is complex and generous with pleasing aromas of rose petals, red fruit and spicy notes. The palate is full, well-balanced with velvety tannins.

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Fragrant and refined, this focused red opens with alluring scents of iris, woodland berry, botanical herb and pipe tobacco. It’s vibrant and linear, featuring strawberry compote, raspberry and star anise framed in bright acidity and taut, polished tannins. Drink 2022–2028.

93 Points - Wine Spectator
This is elegant, exuding cherry, plum, eucalyptus and mineral flavors. There is a chalky element in the texture that's clean and drying as this tightens up on the finish, with fine intensity and length. Best from 2023 through 2040.

93 Points - James Suckling
Extremely perfumed on the nose with cherry, cedar and light asphalt character. Full-bodied, yet vivid and energetic with fine, polished tannins and a long, succulent finish. Pretty already, but better after 2022 and onwards.

91 Points - Vinous
The 2016 Barolo is a terrific choice for near and medium-term drinking. Sweet red berry fruit, mint, spice, cedar and pipe tobacco all grace this airy, finessed Barolo. The 2016 can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring, although a bit of time in bottle will help soften the tannins a touch. This is very nicely done.

Product size: 750ml

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