(from a warmer portion of Boschis) Full deep red. Musky red fruits, mocha and earth on the nose. Sweet, moderately complex and pliant on the palate, with liqueur-like red fruit flavors supported by sound backbone. A menthol note on the finish gives the wine a firm impression. Rather backward wine, but the tannins are ripe.
Good deep red. Cherry, red licorice, tobacco and a whiff of geranium on the nose. Juicy, minty red berry flavors offer modest flesh. The rather exotic floral quality repeats in the mouth. Here the finish shows drier tannins than that of the Bricco Boschis San Giuseppe.
Bright medium-deep red. Musky, nuanced nose combines raspberry, tobacco and flowers. Suave and creamy but light on its feet. A step up in intensity from the Vignolo, with showier, sweeter fruit. Strong acids contribute shape and grip. A sweet, attractive Barolo that will give early pleasure. This wine will reportedly be released two years before the Vigna San Giuseppe bottling.
($50) Good medium red. Aromas of currant, mint, leather and pepper. Fat and moderately fresh, with spicy, herbal and minty nuances. Reasonably juicy and aromatic for the vintage, with restrained sweetness. Finishes with substantial sweet tannins. Aged mostly in old ovals.
($65) Medium red. Fresh aromas of cherry, red berry liqueur and menthol. Fat and sweet, with a liqueur-like strawberry flavor. This is not yet in bottle but appears to have the strength of fruit to support the extended elevage Finishes with lush, sweet tannins and lovely length. (My sample of the 2000 Riserva Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe, on the other hand, was distinctly dry and green, as if from vines stunted by heat and drought.)
($62; bottled three weeks before my visit) Full red. Dusty, woodsy aromas of plum, tobacco, truffle and geranium. Very sweet and dense, with strong fruit and big dusty tannins. Chewy, old-style Barolo, with a big middle, medicinal and herbal flavors, and elevated alcohol.
($62) Medium red. Subdued but pure aromas of red berries, menthol and spices. Juicy and tightly wound; showing limited fat today and rather dominated by its structure but not at all spiky. Offers subtle inner-mouth perfume and minerality. Finishes juicy, with firm, slightly drying, old-style tannins and very good length. Needs patience. (Marc de Grazia; numerous importers, including Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY; Vin Divino, Chicago, IL; and Estate Wines Ltd., San Rafael, CA)