2001 Giovanni Corino Barolo

Medium red. Musky aromas of plum, cedar, espresso, chicory and nutty oak. Sweet, lush and easygoing, with lowish acidity and moderate depth. Very ripe wine, but the tannins turn a bit dry.


2001 Giovanni Corino Barolo Roncaglia

Good medium red. Cherry, coffee liqueur and exotic oak spices on the nose. Sweet, rich and lush on entry, then quite dry in the middle and very tannic. Conveys an impression of crushed grape skins.


2001 Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigneto Arborina

Bright red-ruby. Aromatically expressive nose combines cherry, blood orange and mint; atypically open for this bottling. Then vinous and classy on the palate, with sappy red fruit flavors lifted by mint and flowers. Juicy, shapely and very intense. Finishes with firm but sweet tannins and terrific persistence.


2001 Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigna Giachini

Good red-ruby. Sweet raspberry, mocha, tobacco and minerals on the very ripe nose. Fatter, richer and more pliant than the Arborina, but with no loss of inner-mouth perfume. Rich, sweet, broad and open-knit, and somehow light on its feet. Finishes with big, lush, toothcoating tannins.


2001 Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigneto Rocche

Bright full red. Plum, mocha and nutty oak on the nose, with a hint of herbs; a bit stunted after the Arborina and Giachini. Then almost shockingly broad, sweet and pliant in the mouth; comes across as quite youthful despite its near-syrupy sweetness of fruit. Finishes with big, sweet tannins and lingering suggestions of plum and nuts.


2001 Giovanni Corino Barolo Vecchie Vigne

Bright red-ruby. Knockout nose melds sweet cherry, raspberry, minerals and spicy oak; liqueur-like but with great lift. Then lush, broad and superripe; as creamy as this wine is, its raspberry and strawberry fruit flavors show a distinctly primary quality. Wonderfully fleshy wine that seems a bit less oaky than the strong '99 bottling, which is all to the good. Finishes with sweet, fine-grained tannins and outstanding length.


2000 Giovanni Corino Barolo

($40) Medium red. Mellow, woodsy aromas of redcurrant, marzipan and dried flowers. Soft, plummy, sweet and approachable; nicely plump if not especially complex. Just a tad heavy, with some alcohol showing. The initially sweet tannins showed a dry edge with aeration.

2000 Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigneto Arborina

($62) Moderately saturated medium red. Very ripe, wild aromas of currant, mocha and game. Very ripe and smooth, but with good lift in the mouth. Sweet flavors of plum and spices. Fairly round, large-scaled wine, finishing with dusty tannins and solid backbone.


2000 Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigna Giachini

($62) Medium red. Aromas of plum, tobacco, spices, tar and nutty oak. Sweet, mellow and plummy; suave and ripe, with a subtle penetrating quality. Quite plush for this bottling chez Corino. Finishes with dusty tannins that arrive late.


2000 Giovanni Corino Barolo Roncaglia

($62) Medium red, with brick tones. Ripe but a bit dull on the nose, hinting at plum, marzipan and nutty oak. Quite ripe and sweet but with limited definition and verve despite a suggestion of minerality. The tannins are still a bit clenched. These 2000s are all very ripe, but seem a bit lacking in verve and distinction, particularly when compared to the 2001s.


2000 Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigneto Rocche

($62; this wine, along with the Arborina, Giachini and Roncaglia, were aged in about 50% new barriques Medium red. Aromas of marzipan, dried flowers, mocha and menthol. Moderately sweet and smooth on the palate, with more inner-mouth aromatic complexity than most of these 2000s. Finishes with good length and slightly edgy tannins. This has a mineral brightness but still seems a bit flatter than usual for this bottling from this producer.


2000 Giovanni Corino Barolo Vecchie Vigne

(70% new barriques; mostly from Giachini fruit) Good deep red. Spicy oak lifts the strawberry and raspberry aromas; complicating notes of flowers and mocha. Sweet, lush and dense, offering excellent concentration and very good energy in the mouth. Very rich Barolo but not at all heavy. Finishes long and pliant, with suave tannins and lingering notes of minerals and spices. Corino reportedly is steadily reducing his use of new barriques, and this is all to the good. (Marc de Grazia; numerous importers, including Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY; Vin Divino, Chicago, IL; and Estate Wines Ltd., San Rafael, CA)

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