Which vintage Burlotto Monvigliero to open?

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Which vintage Burlotto Monvigliero to open?

#1 Post by Jonathan H » March 21st, 2020, 11:57 am

Hi,

It's my mother's birthday tonight and I want to open something unique and interesting that she has never tried before. I figured that Burlotto's Monvigliero would fit the bill. Question is, which vintage? I have 2008-2015, although I would prefer to open 2010+ since I didn't buy as deep in the 2008 and 2009 vintages (stupid, I know). Of these vintages, which vintage is drinking best right now?

Also, should I pop and pour? slow-ox? decant? double decant?

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#2 Post by Rob Weaver » March 21st, 2020, 12:18 pm

I know it sounds crazy, but I had the 15 recently and it was drinking great, extremely civilized for such a young Barolo

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#3 Post by Ofer Refaeli » March 21st, 2020, 12:52 pm

Rob Weaver wrote:
March 21st, 2020, 12:18 pm
I know it sounds crazy, but I had the 15 recently and it was drinking great, extremely civilized for such a young Barolo
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#4 Post by R. Frankel » March 21st, 2020, 1:03 pm

I had the ‘15 in Italy last summer and it was open and gorgeous. Could be closing up since then? Otherwise I’d probably go with the ‘09, but that’s just based on reading CT. FWIW I have some 2009s on the way and intend to open one in the next few weeks.
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#5 Post by Mark Henderson » March 21st, 2020, 1:06 pm

A friend poured me a 'standard' 2011 Burlotto Barolo this week and it was delightfully elegant and already in fine drinking form. I have enjoyed a few Barolos from '11 over the last year, being a warmer, more forward vintage so I would plump for that. Or possibly the '09 which was also a warmer year.

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#6 Post by Robert Pavlovich » March 21st, 2020, 1:25 pm

Not surprised to hear the 15’ is drinking well.

Have been tempted to open my last 08’ based on how it was drinking a few years back...I’m sure it’s getting toward prime time these days, but I’m no rush.

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#7 Post by Jay Miller » March 21st, 2020, 1:34 pm

So long as we're on the subject, how is the 2006 doing? I have a lone bottle waiting for the right time.
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#8 Post by John Morris » March 21st, 2020, 5:17 pm

Has anyone tried the 12? That might be another option.
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#9 Post by Jeremy Holmes » March 21st, 2020, 6:17 pm

The '15 is wide open and just about the most delicious young Barolo I have had.
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#10 Post by Greg K » March 21st, 2020, 6:23 pm

Another vote for the 15.
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#11 Post by Cristian Dezso » March 21st, 2020, 6:37 pm

John Morris wrote:
March 21st, 2020, 5:17 pm
Has anyone tried the 12? That might be another option.
I did this past summer and it was not in a good spot. Granted it was pnp, but still...

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#12 Post by R Nanda » March 22nd, 2020, 7:24 am

Another vote for the '15. I had it two weeks ago off of a restaurant wine list. Smoking right now.
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#13 Post by RossM » March 22nd, 2020, 7:47 am

+1 on the 2015 Monvigliero. Re: 2008 vs 2009 - go with 2009, a warmer vintage which should be drinking beautifully now. As for 2008, that could be a coin flip. I haven't had the 2008 Monvigliero but results on a range of other 2008s has been mixed, some great but very young and primary; others advancing... 2006 Fuggedaboudit - don't know of ANY quality 2006s that are near ready. Cheers,
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#14 Post by dvansteenderen » March 23rd, 2020, 1:03 am

Jeremy Holmes wrote:
March 21st, 2020, 6:17 pm
The '15 is wide open and just about the most delicious young Barolo I have had.
This! Had it in January (2020) and it is plain gorgeous...
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#15 Post by Otto Forsberg » March 23rd, 2020, 2:07 am

Jay Miller wrote:
March 21st, 2020, 1:34 pm
So long as we're on the subject, how is the 2006 doing? I have a lone bottle waiting for the right time.
Haven't had Monvigliero, but extrapolating from other Barolo 2006's I've had, this is stuff you need to hide in the darkest corner of your cellar. The wines from this vintage are really for the long haul.

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#16 Post by Markus S » March 23rd, 2020, 7:17 am

RossM wrote:
March 22nd, 2020, 7:47 am
... 2006 Fuggedaboudit - don't know of ANY quality 2006s that are near ready. Cheers,
Of course its' neighbor, the 05, might be drinking well
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#17 Post by Joshua Kates » March 23rd, 2020, 8:49 am

Don't have any '15, but the '09's are definitely in the zone. I've drunk 2 in the last two years and they are pretty ready to go, though a couple hour decant (or more) never hurts.
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#18 Post by Marty L. » March 23rd, 2020, 10:13 am

The '14 was surprisingly open and giving around 3 weeks ago.
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#19 Post by Jonathan H » March 23rd, 2020, 3:19 pm

Ended up opening a 2011 and it was singing with about 2 hours of air. All this talk of the 2015 makes me want to pop one soon!
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#20 Post by Ian A » March 23rd, 2020, 3:47 pm

I agree the 2015 is delicious as were the other Burlotto 15s we tried a few months ago, including Cannubi which is on a par with Monvigliero. I have just started on my case of 04 Monvigliero. In a very good place.
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#21 Post by Greg K » March 23rd, 2020, 4:13 pm

Marty L. wrote:
March 23rd, 2020, 10:13 am
The '14 was surprisingly open and giving around 3 weeks ago.
Most 14s Barolos I've opened have been open - it's not a long lived vintage, no harm in opening them now. A 2014 Rupestris was excellent on pop and pour.

Personally, I think the 15 edition of the Monvigliero is a considerably better wine than the 14, and it has the advantage of being open for drinking now - I've had several in the past month.

I had one in November with my parents, who loved it and asked me for a couple of bottles to drink on their anniversary. "It's not expensive, right?" [snort.gif]
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#22 Post by Mike Grammer » April 14th, 2020, 10:58 am

My friend Ross Morrison, who posts here sometimes but may not have seen this thread (and who really knows his Barolo) has trumpeted the 15, which he opened last Friday, as his potential WOTY. He was blown away by how accessible it was. I will ping him and ask him to elaborate.
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