Everything about this Barolo screams quality: older vines in top sites, hand harvested and extensively sorted, given a very long maceration of 60 days, racked only once, aged in older oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Sulfur is kept to a minimum, and there were no other additions.
Suckling rates the results Outstanding, saying:
I like the first impression of savory, clove-stuck baked-apple on the nose, broadening out into ripe red berries and milder, nutty, oak-induced spice. Medium-to-full bodied with the same mix of spice and fruit that envelops the tannins and provides a lengthy, flavorful finish. Rather an unique Barolo and fun to taste now, but definitely poised for some aging.
The Wine Advocate rates this outstanding, too (and notes its value at a much higher price), saying:
Ellena Giuseppe positions its 2018 Barolo del Comune di La Morra at a very tempting price point. The blend sees fruit from four separate vineyard sites in La Morra (of which two are inside the Ascheri MGA). The long, polished elegance of that site is in fact the motor that drives this wine.
This brilliant Barolo has just replaced the Vajra Albe as THE best-value truly high-quality Barolo we’ve sold.
One sip of this and you’ll be saying,”Morra, please!”