Fratelli Revello Barolo Vigna Gattera 2016
|Region||Italy, Piedmont, Barolo|
This red is all about finesse and elegance, with pretty red fruit flavors-strawberry, cherry and currant-matched to iron and hay accents and well-mannered tannins. Harmonious and almost approachable now, yet should develop over the next two decades. Best from 2023 through 2040. 450 cases made, 150 cases imported.
Underbrush, dark-skinned berry and leather aromas take center stage. The taut concentrated palate offers blackberry jam, star anise and black pepper alongside tightly wound tannins and heat of evident alcohol. Drink 2025-2034.
This is one of three single-vineyard wines in the Fratelli Revello portfolio. With fruit from La Morra, the Fratelli Revello 2016 Barolo Gattera shows good volume and ample succulence; however, the drinking style remains accessible and immediate. Gattera reveals soft, silky tannins, and the bouquet opens to a pretty mixture of berry fruits, wild cherry and rose. On the back end, you get spice, tar and smoke. Some St. Louis-style ribs would do nicely here.
The 2016 Barolo Gattera is powerful and ample in the glass, with good depth and plenty of persistence. The Gattera needs time to fully come together after its bottling, but it has good structure and plenty of personality. Iron, smoke, licorice, leather, scorched earth and dark fruit give the Gattera a decidedly dark feel.