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La Festa del Barolo

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The Wine Advocate Collectors Series
La Festa del Barolo
Hosted by
Antonio Galloni
Del Posto, 85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
March 26, 2011

Join Antonio Galloni for this special day-long celebration dedicated to Barolo, the great red of Piedmont. Fifteen producers will be on hand to show their wines, making this the largest collection of top Barolo winemakers ever assembled in the United States. Several growers will be travelling to the US for the first time.

Elio Altare
Elio Grasso
Giuseppe Mascarello & Figli
* Giuseppe Rinaldi
Luciano Sandrone
Giacomo Conterno
Paolo Scavino
* Roberto Voerzio
Domenico Clerico
Bruno Giacosa
* indicates first visit to the US
2007 Barolo Preview Tasting - Saturday March 26th, Del Posto, 2pm-4pm

The Wine Advocate’s Antonio Galloni will moderate a special preview tasting of the 2007 Baroli. Be among the first to taste the wines from Barolo’s newly released 2007 vintage, a harvest that yielded ripe, opulent wines of the highest level. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask producers questions in what is sure to be a highly interactive, engaging tasting. Mr. Galloni has also chosen a handful of his favorite late-release 2006s, a vintage built along more classic lines.

$300limited availability, maximum of two tickets per purchaser please
Cancellation Policy: Tickets are non-refundable but may be transferred to a guest of your choice.
Sold Out: Please send an email to be added to the waiting list.

2007 Barolo Preview Tasting Wines:
Elio Altare: 2007 Barolo Arborina
Azelia: 2007 Barolo San Rocco
Ceretto: 2007 Barolo Bricco Rocche Bricco Rocche
Conterno-Fantino: 2007 Barolo Sori Ginestra
Domenico Clerico: 2007 Barolo Ciabot Mentin
Bruno Giacosa: 2007 Barolo Falletto
Elio Grasso: 2007 Barolo Ginestra Casa Mate 
Luciano Sandrone: 2007 Barolo Cannubi Boschis
Paolo Scavino: 2007 Barolo Bric del Fiasc
Vietti: 2007 Barolo Rocche
Roberto Voerzio: 2007 Barolo Cerequio
Brovia: 2006 Barolo Rocche
Giacomo Conterno: 2006 Barolo Cascina Francia
Giuseppe Mascarello & Figli: 2006 Barolo Monprivato
Giuseppe Rinaldi: 2006 Barolo Brunate/Le Coste

Gala Dinner - Saturday March 26th, Del Posto, 6 PM Champagne Reception, 6:45 PM Dinner

Join fifteen Barolo producers for what is sure to be an extraordinary dinner at New York City’s Del Posto, the first Italian restaurant to receive a coveted four-star rating from The New York Times in over thirty years. In the spirit of Burgundy’s La Paulée, each producer will host a table and pour their own wines, all from rare large formats. Guests are invited to bring wines from their own cellars to share with their friends, guests and producers in what is sure to be a lively exchange of great bottles. A group of New York’s most talented sommeliers drawn from the city’s top restaurants will oversee wine service.

$700limited availability, maximum of two tickets per purchaser please
Cancellation Policy: Tickets are non-refundable but may be transferred to a guest of your choice.
Sold Out: Please send an email to be added to the waiting list.

Gala Dinner Wines:
Moët & Chandon: 2002 Dom Pérignon
Pierre Peters: 2002 Blanc de Blancs “Les Chetillons”
Elio Altare: 2000 Barolo Brunate (magnum)
Azelia: 2004 Barolo San Rocco (magnum)
Brovia: 2004 Barolo Ca’Mia (magnum)
Ceretto: 2003 Barolo Cannubi (magnum)
Domenico Clerico: 2000 Barolo Percristina (magnum)
Conterno-Fantino: 1999 Barolo Sori Ginestra (magnum)
Giacomo Conterno: 2002 Barolo Riserva Monfortino (magnum)
Bruno Giacosa: 2004 Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto (magnum)
Elio Grasso: 2004 Barolo Riserva Runcot (magnum)
Giuseppe Mascarello & Figli: 2003 Barolo Riserva Ca’ d’Morissio (magnum)           
Giuseppe Rinaldi: 1999 Barolo Brunate/Le Coste (magnum)
Luciano Sandrone: 1996 Barolo Le Vigne (magnum)
Paolo Scavino: 1999 Barolo Bric del Fiasc (magnum)
Vietti: 1999 Barolo Rocche (magnum)
Roberto Voerzio: 2000 Barolo Sarmassa (magnum)

Special Package Price For Both Events $900
Cancellation Policy: Tickets are non-refundable but may be transferred to a guest of your choice.
Maximum of two tickets per purchaser please
Sold Out: Please send an email to be added to the waiting list.

Elio Altare, La Morra
Silvia Altare
Deeply influenced by his travels in Burgundy, Elio Altare set out to replicate the purity of those wines in his own vineyards in La Morra. Altare was among the pioneers in implementing low yields, short fermentations and French oak barrels. His wines, even those from smaller years, have stood the test of time with exceptional grace. As profound as Altare’s wines are, his greatest legacy may turn out to be the large number of younger producers he has inspired over the years.
Featured Wines:
Preview Tasting: 2007 Barolo Arborina
Gala Dinner: 2000 Barolo Brunate (magnum)

Elio Grasso, Monforte d’Alba
Gianluca Grasso
Gianluca Grasso crafts exquisite Baroli from Ginestra, Gavarini and Runcot, all top sites in Monforte d’Alba. Although often considered one of Piedmont’s fastest rising stars, the reality is that the wines have been stunning here for many years. The Baroli Ginestra Casa Mate and Gavarini are made along traditional lines, while the Riserva Runcot is aged in French oak. These are but details though, what comes through most in the Grasso Baroli is the impeccable elegance of the fruit.
Featured Wines:
Preview Tasting: 2007 Barolo Ginestra Casa Mate
Gala Dinner: 2004 Barolo Riserva Runcot (magnum)

Azelia, Castiglione Falletto
Luigi and Lorenzo Scavino
Sometimes overlooked in a region full of star producers, Azelia is a great source for elegant, beautifully balanced Baroli that capture the essence of some of the best vineyards in Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga. Though based in Castiglione, proprietor Luigi Scavino seems to have a special affinity for his vineyards in Serralunga. The Barolo San Rocco is regularly one of the region’s standouts.
Featured Wines:
Preview Tasting: 2007 Barolo San Rocco
Gala Dinner: 2004 Barolo San Rocco (magnum)

Giuseppe Mascarello & Figli, Monchiero
Mauro and Giuseppe Mascarello
Proprietor Mauro Mascarello has been at the helm at his family’s estate since 1970. Since then, Mascarello has made some of the greatest Baroli of all time. His 1982, 1985, 1989 and 1990 Barolo Monprivato are among the world’s greatest wines. The Monprivato vineyard, in Castiglione Falletto, is one of the most pristine plots of land anywhere, with a rare ability to confer nobility to its wines in virtually every vintage. The Riserva Ca’ d’ Morissio is a relatively new entry made from vineyards in the heart of Monprivato.
Featured Wines:
Preview Tasting: 2006 Barolo Monprivato
Gala Dinner: 2003 Barolo Riserva Ca’ d’ Morissio (magnum)

Brovia, Castiglione Falletto
Alex Sanchez
Alex Sanchez abandoned the hectic life of a career with McKinsey in Madrid for the bucolic hills of Piedmont when he married Elena Brovia. The Brovia family owns parcels in some of the most prestigious sites in Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga, including Rocche, Villero, Bricco Fiasco and Voghera/Brea. The wines are made in an enlightened traditional style that captures immense grace and stature in every bottle.
Featured Wines:
Preview Tasting: 2006 Barolo Rocche
Gala Dinner: 2004 Barolo Ca’ Mia (magnum)

Giuseppe Rinaldi, Barolo
Marta Rinaldi
Time stands still at Giuseppe Rinaldi, one of the most staunchly traditional wineries in Piedmont. Things are done here as they have always been done, which is to say following a gradual and human pace. Rinaldi’s Barolo Brunate/Le Coste embodies all of the elements of the traditional school at its finest. Seductive, alluring yet austere when young, in its finest years the Brunate/Le Coste is one of the most compelling wines in Piedmont.
Featured Wines:
Preview Tasting: 2006 Barolo Brunate/Le Coste (magnum)
Gala Dinner: 1999 Barolo Brunate/Le Coste (magnum)

Ceretto, Castiglione Falletto
Alessandro Ceretto
The Ceretto family boasts an impressive track record that goes back several generations. Ceretto owns vineyards in some of Piedmont’s most important sites, including Asili, Brunate and Rocche. The wines are generally open and beautifully expressive upon release, although they also develop nicely with further time in bottle. A new Barolo from the prestigious Cannubi vineyard, bottled only in magnum, will see its first release in 2013.
Featured Wines:
Preview Tasting: 2007 Barolo Bricco Rocche Bricco Rocche
Gala Dinner: 2003 Barolo Cannubi (magnum)

Luciano Sandrone, Barolo
Luciano and Barbara Sandrone
Since 1978 Luciano Sandrone has turned out some of the most elegant and refined wines in Piedmont from his holdings in and around Barolo. In most vintages Sandrone’s Barolo Cannubi Boschis is one of the region’s benchmark wines. The Barolo Le Vigne combines a contemporary approach to vineyard and cellar work with fruit drawn from top vineyards across multiple villages, reviving a tradition that is now mostly lost.
Featured Wines:
2007 Preview Tasting: 2007 Barolo Cannubi Boschis
Gala Dinner: 1996 Barolo Le Vigne (magnum)

Domenico Clerico, Monforte d’Alba
Luciano Racca
Domenico Clerico has been a reference-point producer in Barolo since the mid-1980s. His wines achieve a rare level of opulence through low yields and meticulous work in the cellar. Clerico’s rich, textured Baroli capture the essence of Monforte in their complex bouquets and imposing structures. At their best, Clerico’s wines possess breathtaking elegance, power and sensuality.
Featured Wines:
Preview Tasting: 2007 Barolo Ciabot Mentin
Gala Dinner: 2000 Barolo Percristina (magnum)

Paolo Scavino, Castiglione Falletto
Elisa Scavino
Proprietor Enrico Scavino, along with his talented daughters Elisa and Enrica has been at the forefront in making rich, textured Baroli that can be enjoyed relatively young, but without sacrificing longevity. The Scavino family owns vineyards in many of Piedmont’s top sites across multiple villages. It’s hard to know where to start, the Baroli Bric del Fiasc, Cannubi and Riserva Rocche dell’Annunziata are all benchmarks.
Featured Wines:
Preview Tasting: 2007 Barolo Bric del Fiasc
Gala Dinner: 1999 Barolo Bric del Fiasc (magnum)

Conterno-Fantino, Monforte d’Alba
Guido Fantino and Alda Conterno
Conterno-Fantino is one of the beacons of fine, artisan Barolo. The estate’s vineyards in Ginestra and Mosconi are some of the finest in Monforte. These sleek, modern wines boast incredible class and elegance from start to finish. The estate’s signature wine is the Barolo Sori Ginestra, which is often among the best wines in the region. Conterno-Fantino is one of handful of estates that doesn’t miss a beat from the simplest wine all the way to the top of the line.
Featured Wines:
Preview Tasting: 2007 Barolo Sori Ginestra
Gala Dinner: 1999 Barolo Sori Ginestra (magnum)

Vietti, Castiglione Falletto
Luca Currado
The Vietti, Currado and Cordero families boast a rich history that goes back many decades. Vietti was among the first growers to bottle single-vineyard wines, own their own vineyards and build a significant presence in export markets. Although the wines have always been benchmarks, they have never been better than under the current stewardship of brothers-in-law Luca Currado and Mario Cordero.
Featured Wines:
Preview Tasting: 2007 Barolo Rocche
Gala Dinner: 1999 Barolo Rocche

Giacomo Conterno, Monforte d'Alba
Roberto Conterno
Giacomo Conterno is one of Piedmont’s most historic properties, with a brilliant track record that goes back to the early 1900s. Conterno was among the first wineries to own their own vineyards and sell into export markets. The estate’s signature Baroli Cascina Francia and Riserva Monfortino are made from the Cascina Francia vineyard in Serralunga, one of the most pristine sites in all Italy. In particular, the Barolo Riserva Monfortino is considered one of the great wines in the world based on its ability to age spectacularly for many decades after its release.
Featured Wines:
Preview Tasting: 2006 Barolo Cascina Francia
Gala Dinner: 2002 Barolo Riserva Monfortino (magnum)

Roberto Voerzio, La Morra
Roberto and Davide Voerzio
Roberto Voerzio is famous for a maniacal approach in the vineyards, which results in some of the richest, deepest Barolos being made today. Everything in these cramped cellars is bare-bones, which allows the unique voice of each of Voerzio’s eight La Morra single-vineyards to speak with notable eloquence. In particular, Voerzio’s wines from weaker vintages set him apart as one of the most gifted growers in Piedmont, Italy and the world.
Featured Wines:
Preview Tasting: 2007 Barolo Cerequio
Gala Dinner: 2000 Barolo Sarmassa (magnum)

Bruno Giacosa, Neive
Bruna Giacosa
Since 1961 Bruno Giacosa has been behind many of Piedmont’s most historic bottles. Equally adept with Barolo and Barbaresco, Giacosa continues to craft fine, age-worthy wines that capture an enlightened approach to traditional winemaking. The estate’s signature wine is the Barolo Falletto, which emerges from a beautifully positioned, south-facing vineyard in Serralunga. In top vintages, Giacosa’s famed Red Label Riservas are the stuff of legend.
Featured Wines:
Preview Tasting: 2007 Barolo Falletto
Gala Dinner: 2004 Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto (magnum)

The information above is current as of January 26, 2011 and is subject to change.