What the Critics say
The 2016 Barolo Gavarini Chiniera is a vibrant, massively tannic, austere wine, the likes of which I have never tasted here before. Vertical and explosive in the glass with tons of pure power, the 2016 Gavarini Chiniera is a gorgeous Barolo that is going to need a number of years to be at its best. Swaths of tannin wrap around a core of sweet red cherry fruit. White pepper, mint, orange peel and floral notes develop a bit later, but the 2016 remains reticent and inward, with brilliant acids and tannins that dominate today. The 2016 is a striking wine, but it is going to require considerable patience.
A 3 ha vineyard, 350-380 metres above sea level, south-facing, on relatively loose-packed, slightly clayey, calcareous soil. Average vine age is 25 years. Fermented in stainless steel and matured in large Slavonian oak for 24 months. The more masculine wine of the two Barolos, this is a wine to forgot about for a few decades.