The wine shows layered aromas and flavors of mint, red fruit and spices. There palate shows bright acidity and silky tannins before a long finish.
This wine is a superlative pairing for roasts, game and hard cheeses.
Points of Distinction:
* Matured for 12 months in oak casks for greater complexity
* Grapes come from select vineyards of growers with whom the Chiarlo family has dealt for generations.
The Chiarlo family achieved nice results with its 2009 Barolo Tortoniano. True to the varietal, it shows tar, licorice, black fruit and brimstone that shape a light and elegant feel. It takes its time to warm in the glass, slowly growing in intensity as it does. A medium build and bright berry end-notes complete a pretty picture of Barolo. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2022. - Robert Parker 91 Points
Shows innate power, revolving around a core of cherry, plum, menthol and cinnamon flavors. Elegant and bright, with moderate tannins, this should evolve soon, offering a long, crisp finish. Best from 2016 through 2028. –BS - Wine Spectator Magazine 90 Points
Chiarlo's 2009 Barolo Tortoniano is a delicious entry-level wine. In this vintage, the Tortoniano is a bit more opulent and broad-shouldered than is often the case, but that works to its advantage. A veritable array of spices – cinnamon, clove and nutmeg – meld into dark red fruit and new leather as the wine opens up in the glass. Stylisticially, the Tortoniano is racy, expressive and very 2009, yet all the elements are very nicely balanced. -- Antonio Galloni - Vinous 88 Points