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Brandini Barolo Annunziata 2016  - First Bottle


96 Wine Enthusiast -
Ripe dark-skinned berry, new leather, tilled earth and camphor aromas are front and center. Full bodied and delicious, the chewy, enveloping palate doles out raspberry compote, juicy Marasca cherry, licorice and clove set against taut, seasoned tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it fresh and balanced.
93 James Suckling -
A bright, fruity red with strawberry, orange-peel and hazelnut character. It’s full and tight with polished tannins and compact fruit on the finish. I like the citrusy acidity at the end. Try after 2023.

Technical Details

  • BlendNebbiolo
  • CountryItaly
  • RegionPiedmont
  • AppellationBarolo
  • VineyardAnnunziata Vineyard
  • Aging/Cooperage30 months in large oak barrels and then 6-8 months in bottle
  • Alcohol14.5%

Brandini Barolo Annunziata 2016

Nebbiolo  |  Italy
WE96, JS93

46% off retail!

This is a new find for us, and man, what a find! 96 POINT, single parcel Barolo, from the revered Annunziata cru in La Morra...all in the epic 2016 vintage for just under $70?!? Seriously, the next best price will run you right around $100. That alone gets us all warm and fuzzy inside, for certain. When we learned this was a new project backed by Oscar Farinetti (Borgogno and Fontanafredda) and New York restaurateur Joe Bastianich (who partnered with Oscar to create Eataly), we legit started drooling. 96 points!

By now, you’ve heard us prattle on endlessly about the 2016 vintage in Piemonte...but it truly is that good. Ripeness, structure, balanced acidity, and ethereal elegance – regardless of your preferred style of nebbiolo, there is a 2016 Barolo or Barbaresco that is sure to please. This one is for all you lovers of the ample and plush side of Barolo – a juicy, powerful, and mouth-coating beauty that is flashy and taut, with plenty of concentration and balance for prolonged cellaring.

Located in La Morra’s Borgata Brandini village, the Agricola Brandini estate is relatively new in the scope of Piemonte wineries – having been founded by Oscar Farinetti and Joe Bastianich in the mid-90s. Their production runs the gamut of Alba reds – Dolcetto D’Alba, Barbera D’Alba, Langhe Rosso, Langhe Nebbiolo, and Barolo – all farmed organically and sustainably. Their prize holdings include 14 hectares in Barolo proper – including this single vineyard site in Annunziata, a hillside jewel on the revered La Morra. Annunziata is a south-to-southeast facing exposure, with this plot hailing from the upper half of the hill. The wines made from these grapes are prized for their full-bodied intensity and concentration, all seamlessly balanced by supple tannins and moderate acidity.

The Bagnasco family, headed by Piero Bagnasco, runs the estate, with his daughters, Giovanna and Serena, making the wines. The winemaking here is both traditional and modern, utilizing stainless steel for temperature-controlled fermentations with frequent pump-overs, but also aging in large, mostly neutral oak barrels for over 30 months. The resulting wine is a powerful yet approachable beast – where classic cherries and red berries meld seamlessly with toasted hazelnuts, saddle leather, rose petals, and volcanic earth. The finish is dense and long, with a punch of orange peel and clove drawing out the flavors for a full 30+ seconds. This is a pedigreed wine, from a producer to take note of, and we’re thrilled to discover and share these beauties with you today!

About the Producer

The Agricola Brandini estate, located in the village of Borgata Brandini in the commune of La Morra and sits at the top of a hill from which it enjoys the most amazing view of the surrounding landscape. They only grow indigenous grape varieties and everything is cultivated organically with a focus on the environment and nature. They produce outstanding wines from Dolcetto D’Alba, Barbera D’Alba, Langhe Rosso, Langhe Nebbiolo and Barolo. The Brandini estate, which includes about 14 hectares of Barolo-classified vineyards, is run by Piero Bagnasco and his daughters, Giovanna and Serena.