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92 Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate
Last month, the Cognos once again saw one of their wines on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 List, a feat they’ve accomplished countless times now yet it still remains incredibly impressive and well deserved. Their best value in their impressive fleet is undoubtedly their ‘Montegrili’ Langhe Nebbiolo. Last year, that even garnered a perfect 100-point review from Italian wine critic, Luca Gardini. While he’s yet to review the new 2021 release, it does have a rave review from the most respected wine critic in the world: Parker’s Wine Advocate.
The sandy soil of north Piemonte is home to the appellation Roero and the indigenous variety, Arneis. Stefano Almondo is a master of the rare variety, crafting aromatic and mineral wines that rival any of the best white wines in Italy. The newly released 2021 Vigne Sparse dazzles right out of the bottle; floral and fruity with juicy peaches and apricots yet with a chalky mineral streak as well. As always, it’s such a complex white and the kicker is its finish which goes on for a minute of pure joy.
94 Points, Decanter – 93 Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate – 93 Points, James Suckling
Massolino’s inaugural effort is superb. Typical of the very finest Nebbiolo, floral elements dominate the nose, here violets & rose with a touch of dark candy sweetness. The tannins are obvious but supple and refined, making this wine a much more approachable in its youth than you might expect. The 94 point Decanter review is worth reading below. Like most other Barbarescos from top vineyard sites, I expect these wines to reach firmly into the three figures in no time.
94 Points (Best Buy), Wine Enthusiast
This is a CLASSIC Barbera. Vibrant and bright aromas of wild berries, fresh herbs and purple flowers all showcase the beauty of this wine. The palate shows high-toned red cherries and raspberries framed by elegant and fine tannins with that perfect pop of acidity on the finish.” (Tasted 1/20/2023, Wine Enthusiast)
Pull the curtain back though, and this unmistakably has the Currado/Vietti touch. The wine, which hails from the communes of La Morra, Novella, Monfore d’Alba and Verduno, is very obviously expertly made – immeasurably better than each and every other $40/btl Barolo in the market today. It’s a classic Barolo with rich and layered aromas of red fruits and floral notes, with balanced tannins and lingering notes of cherries, chocolate and a hint of leather.
91 Points, Vinous
“The 2018 Carema is a terrific introduction to these wines. Bright and airy in feel, the 2018 is laced with the essence of sweet candied cherry, game, licorice, tobacco, dried flowers and incense. In a nutshell, this is what Carema is all about. The 2018 is just a bit rustic and gamy, but it makes up for that with its personality and overall expression of the appellation.” -Antonio Galloni