From magnum, the 1996 Barolo is quite the powerhouse. Dense and potent to the core, the 1996 is packed with dark fruit, tobacco, leather, incense and dried herbs. This is an impressive showing.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2037
Robert Parker 88
The 1996 Barolo reveals surprisingly high acidity in its relatively backward, tannic profile. It was closed and tough-textured when I saw it, with sour cherry, dried nut and kirsch liqueur. The wine did not develop in the glass, remaining austere and compressed. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2014. Importers: Vias Imports, New York, NY; tel. (212) 629-0200 and Riservati, Seattle, WA; tel. (206) 623-5758
Anticipated maturity: 2003-2014