Ellena Giuseppe Barolo del Comune di La Morra 2017

WS92, WA88

Sun-kissed hay, macerated cherry and a hint of wild herbs mark this fresh, streamlined Barolo. It's firm and dense, ending with a fine sense of equilibrium and long finish. Best from 2023 through 2042. - WS92

An ample release of about 15,000 bottles, the 2017 Barolo del Comune di La Morra is another one of these hot-vintage expressions that does not fulfill the lofty promise of this noble northern Italian appellation. The fruit is simple and stripped down. The wine shows sweet primary fruit but lacks the definition and clarity of the variety. I taste sweet cinnamon and toasted oak on this near-term wine. Drink:2023~2033 - WA88

The Winery

Azienda Agricola Lanciola is situated a few kilometres outside Florence on the rolling hills of Impruneta in the Colli Fiorentini wine-making region. In Medicean times the land belonged to the characterful Ricci family, whose family crest is referenced by the hedgehogs on the Lanciola label. Records show that wine-making on the estate dates back to 1587, when a tithe of one bushel of wheat and one cask of wine was paid annually to the church of St Stephen of Possolatico by Frederico di Ruberto de Ricci. Today Lanciola is owned by the Guarnieri family who have worked hard to maximize the use of the land and continue to produce excellent wines.

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