As the largest family-owned wine producer in all of Piedmont, they have it all. Unsophisticated value quaffers, some pretty nice mid-tier wines, and some single vineyard Barolos (Brunate, Bussia Vigneto, Briccolina) that will turn your head and empty your wallet.
This one was excellent and from the 2016 vintage too which is turning out to be one of my favorites in recent memory. As Antonio Galloni described it: “a vintage full of truly spectacular, breathtaking wines that captures all the pedigree that Nebbiolo and Barolo are capable of.”
“Alright, I’ll bite. How much is it?” As soon as I heard the price, I bought every remaining case in the country which is why we have the best price in the country by a country mile.
Open this one a good deal before you plan to serve and let it get some air. The nose is very pretty with cherry, cassis and dried currant. Red fruits on the palate with nuanced dash of cigar smoke, wild berry preserves, and tobacco.
92 Points, James Suckling
This is a solid Barolo with strawberry, meat, walnut and tar aromas and flavors. It’s full-bodied with rich fruit and tannins. Muscular, yet there’s elegance and polish to it at the same time. Drink after 2021.
90 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The Beni di Batasiolo 2016 Barolo shows pretty brightness with an easy, near-term personality. The bouquet is redolent of red cherry, cassis and dried currant. The wine presents a classic Nebbiolo profile with wild berry fruit, camphor ash and pretty highlights of cured tobacco and rust. In the mouth, it offers mild intensity over a mid-weight palate.