2001 E. Pira & Figli (Chiara Boschis) Barolo Cannubi

Bright red-ruby. Musky, complex nose combines mocha, menthol, espresso and brown spices, with sexy oak tones. Quite lush and suave on the palate, with raspberry, brown spice and gamey flavors conveying an enticing, subtle sweetness. Very silky Barolo, finishing firmly tannic and impressively long.


2001 E. Pira & Figli (Chiara Boschis) Barolo Via Nuova

Medium red. Subdued but pure aromas of raspberry, cherry, nutmeg, flowers and mint. Fresh, sharply delineated and firmly built; distinctly tighter and more backward today than the showier Cannubi. This will need a good six or seven years of patience.


2000 E. Pira & Figli (Chiara Boschis) Barolo Via Nuova

($83) Good full red. Musky aromas of nuts and truffle, with a suggestion of roasted fruits. Then leanish and on the dry side, with a faint green edge suggesting uneven ripening. With modest flesh, this finishes somewhat dry. A disappointing showing: this was much fatter and sweeter in barrel two years ago.


2000 E. Pira & Figli (Chiara Boschis) Barolo Cannubi

($90) Good medium red. Highly aromatic nose for the vintage: redcurrant, dried rose, leather, mocha. Then lively and perfumed, with subtle flavors of red berries, minerals and brown spices. Finishes firmly tannic, juicy and vibrant. Very good classic Barolo, with its oakiness under control. (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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