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LE VIGNE Barolo 2004


Tasting notes

(August 2012)

Luciano describes 2004 as one of his favorites of the last decade, and the wines from this year show the beautifully classic and long-lived structure that is characteristic of the vintage. The growing season was long and easy, the wines show great depth and complexity and the potential longevity is tremendous.


The 2004 Le Vigne subtly reaches out of the glass and seduces you with aromas of black cherries and subtle stonefruits, with notes of tar, cola and violets.

The aromas are beginning to show secondary aromas of leather, mushroom and dried rose petals, but the focus is still on primary flavors and aromas - this wine has years of life ahead of it. The palate is a study of balances between the firm acidity and tannins and the subtle and sweet fruit.


The oak never jumps out front and adds polish to the gorgeously structured and long mid palate.


The finish still has unevolved but ripe tannins and will reward additional patience.


Ratings for the vintage 2004

Wine Advocate 96 points
Stephen Tanzer 94 points
Vinous 96 points
Wine Spectator 94 points
Wine&Spirits 88 points 
Gambero Rosso 2 bicchieri
Wine Enthusiast 92 points



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Evolution of the vintage 2004

The precipitations of autumn 2003 and the beginning of 2004 regenerated water reserves, which had been reduced by the previous year due to the fact that it had been hot and dry. Abundant rainfall in spring - continuing until the beginning of May - and below average temperatures delayed budding.


Subsequently mild temperatures permitted balanced vegetative development and, at the end of August, the grape harvest looked set to be at least 8-10 days later than usual.


The warm sunny weather during September and much of October meant that the grapes ripened perfectly: healthy and with analytical parameters which far exceeded every expectation.


Harvest: individual for each vineyard; from the 19th of October (Ceretta) to the 4th of November (Vignane).






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