Enrico Serafino 2016 Monclivio Barolo

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Winemaker Notes

Deep ruby red with garnet hues. An intense and pleasant wide bouquet with scent of currant, licorice, tobacco, spices, coffee and leather. Multifaceted, harmonic and smooth with hint of blackberry, full-bodied with chewy tannins and pleasant finish.\

2016 was certainly one of the longest-lasting vegetative cycle in recent years. February and March were marked by low temperatures and a plenty of rain that led to a delay in the phenological phases of about 10 days made up for during the months of August and moreover in September. Full ripening was achieved in all cases and wines show excellent balance, big bouquets and great structure. The good quantity allows 2016 to be remembered as an outstanding vintage.

Critical Acclaim

WS93 Wine Spectator
Elegant and vibrant, with expressive aromas suggesting cherry, tamarind and tar, followed by flavors of red berry, rose and mineral. Ends with a lingering aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2038.
RP92 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of fruit from three comuni (Serralunga d'Alba, Monforte d'Alba and La Morra), the Enrico Serafino 2016 Barolo Monclivio shows a dark and austere personality. The richness and darkness of Nebbiolo is well played here, thanks to simple winemaking with 28 days of skin maceration with submerged cap. That delicate process helps to build the color and the aromatic profile of the wine. Dark cherry, rose, blood orange and tilled earth give lift to the bouquet. There are hints of iron ore and salty minerals, especially on the palate.
JS92 James Suckling
Pretty aromas of dried strawberries, cherries and flowers. Medium to full body, chewy tannins and a juicy finish. Give it two or three years to soften. Better after 2022.