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Giacomo Fenocchio, Villero Barolo, 2016


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Claudio Fenocchio (son of Giacomo) is one of those unsung heroes who makes traditionally-styled Barolo but remains in the shadows of the superstars like Rinaldi or Mascarello. He is just as dedicated to his farming and he makes wine in the same non-interventionist fashion, aging his wines entirely in large Slavonian casks.

What stands out about Fenocchio is his terroir precision. Unlike Bartolo Mascarello, where Maria Teresa blends all her grapes into a single Barolo cuvée, Fenocchio likes to produce cru-specific wines. Tasting through his line-up, we are always stunned at how the characteristic of each vineyard jumps out.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 94
"The 2016 Barolo Villero is a powerful, clenched wine. Then again, that's Villero. Readers will have to be patient, that much is clear. White pepper, chalk, dried flowers, dried red cherry and mint open up over time, but the 2016 is sinewy and nervous in feel, with just enough fruit to keep things in balance. Hints of sage, tobacco, leather and menthol add the closing touches of complexity." -Vinous

Robert Parker

RP 92
"The Villero cru is quickly gaining in prestige and celebrity. The 2016 Barolo Villero raises the bar on this group of new releases from Giacomo Fenocchio. If some of the other Baroli are slightly muddled in aromas, this wine shows a greater degree of focus and precision. You are aware of clear aromas of black fruit, plum, spice, leather and cured tobacco. The tannins are textured but integrated into the rich fiber of this vintage." -Robert Parker


D 92
"Fenocchio owns a hectare of this cru in Castiglione Falletto, and his parcel is planted with vines that are 65-years-old. This is unsurprisingly very youthful, with subdued but juicy red-fruits aromas and a floral scent too. It's fleshy and rounded, but also fresh and sleek. At first it seems quite forward, but then more assertive tannins kick in. This still needs time to harmonise, and the finish, while long, shows a slight bitterness that will surely vanish with some bottle age."

Wine Spectator

WS 93
"The rich texture envelops sappy flavors of cherry, licorice, tar and milk chocolate, giving way to dense, pointed tannins as this plays out on the finish. The balance tips toward the tannins, but isn't overly astringent, with lots of saturated fruit in the end."

Wine Enthusiast

WE 96
"Woodland-berry, new leather, camphor and fragrant blue-flower aromas align in the glass. Showing youthful tension and depth, the palate is still immaturely austere but delivers juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry and licorice alongside firm, refined tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it well balanced."


  • Grape Variety


  • Vintage


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  • Farming Practice


  • Style

    Earthy , Elegant , Tannic

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Full Bodied

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