2001 Giacomo Grimaldi Barolo Sotto Castello di Novello

Good medium red. Nose dominated by coffee and nutty oak. Rich, pliant and sweet, with nutty oak currently overshadowing fruit. Nicely concentrated but could use more verve and grip. Finishes with sweet tannins and good length, especially for a Barolo from young vines.


2001 Giacomo Grimaldi Barolo Le Coste

Medium red. Raspberry and baking spices on the nose; less oak-dominated and more perfumed than the Castello di Novello. Then sweet, pliant and rather stylish, with nicely integrated acidity giving the red fruit and spice flavors good life in the mouth. Finishes juicy and persistent; the firm tannins will require four or five years of cellaring.


2000 Giacomo Grimaldi Barolo Sotto Castello di Novello

($53; the first vintage, from five-year-old vines; aged in 50% new and 50% once-used barriques Bright, deep red. Aromas of leather, truffle, earth and nutty oak; showed some redcurrant and mocha with aeration. Sweet, fine-grained and easygoing but not particularly complex, dense or aromatic. An exotic woodsmoke character contributes to the impression of sweetness. Finishes with slightly drying tannins and a floral nuance.


2000 Giacomo Grimaldi Barolo Le Coste

($60) Good full medium red. Nuanced nose combines mocha, underbrush and smoky, nutty oak. Sweet, rich and nutty, with more verve and spice character than the estate's Sotto Castello di Novello bottling. Still, this seems a bit evolved for its age. Finishes with dusty, late-arriving tannins and good length. (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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