2001 Paolo Manzone Barolo Meriame

Medium red. Superripe aromas of dried fruits and nuts; suggestions of mature Burgundy Sweet, fat and ripe, with the somewhat advanced, nutty quality carrying through in the mouth. Today, my sample of the 2000 Meriame is fresher, but this is round and attractive Barolo, with enough verve to give it shape. Finishes with broad but slightly drying tannins. (Manzone did not bottle the Serralunga in 2001.)

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2000 Paolo Manzone Barolo Serralunga

($45; made from Manzone's young vines in Meriame) Medium red. Sweet aromas of plum, redcurrant, cinnamon and clove, with a minerally nuance. Firmly built and fresh, with good clarity and verve. Flavors of fresh strawberry, minerals and spices, complicated by a woodsy nuance. Finishes slightly dry but not tough.

2000 Paolo Manzone Barolo Meriame

($68) Good full red. Aromas of strawberry, nuts, minerals and baking spices; more complex and more intense than the Serralunga bottling. Sweeter, thicker and more minerally as well, with good spicy lift and mid-palate energy. Understated flavors of red fruits, minerals and underbrush. Finishes firmly tannic and persistent, spicy but not overoaked. A very good showing. (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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