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Tue, Apr 30, 2024 10:00AM EDT - Tue, May 7, 2024 08:00PM EDT
  • 2004
  • 750ml
  • Italy
  • Piedmont
  • Nebbiolo
  • Red
  • Mixed Lot
  • EE4072
  • EE4073
Lot 591

2004 Vietti Masseria Barbaresco and Rocche Barolo - 2 bottle(s)-750ml format

Estimate: CAD$600 - CAD$820

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This lot is comprised of 2 bottle(s) of 2004 Vietti Masseria Barbaresco and Rocche Barolo - 750ml. Estimate for this lot is between $600 - $820 with a reserve of $460. The wine in this lot belongs to collection 11469. This lot contains 1 bottle of 2004 Vietti Masseria Barbaresco (750ml), 1 bottle of 2004 Vietti Rocche Barolo (750ml).

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A long-time client of Iron Gate, this consignor first became interested in wine when he attended a Wine Spectator’s tasting, and someone opened a 1988 Tignanello. The bouquet and palate were an amazing shock to his senses. He began collecting fine wine in 2008 and built his cellar shortly after that. Wines were purchased through the LCBO and SAQ and stored in a temperature and humidity-controlled cellar.
The score for2004 Vietti Masseria Barbaresco is 93 from Robert Parker and this is the tasting note -The 2004 Barbaresco Masseria is an incredibly nuanced and elegant wine. It reveals outstanding purity in its focused, detailed notes of crushed flowers, spices and sweet ripe red fruit, with an engaging inner sweetness that carries through to the finish. After a period of soul-searching in the 1990s in which the estate's wines lacked a clear sense of direction Vietti has come back with a vengeance. Today the wines show greater consistency as well as a distinct house style that is more defined than it has ever been under the direction of brothers-in-law Mario Cordero and Luca Currado. Vietti produced one of the finest 2003 Barbarescos with its Masseria, so it is no surprise that the 2003 Barolos are just as outstanding. The 2004 Barolos are the best wines this historic estate has ever made, and the 2005s aren't too far behind. I continue to be impressed with the Barberas, which offer something for every palate and budget. Vietti's success across a large number of wines from diverse terroirs places it solidly within the top tier of Piedmont producers. "I am using less small oak for my Barolos than in the past," says Luca Currado, who oversees the winemaking. "We producers used to tell ourselves that the new oak would 'integrate' into the wines with time, but when I taste my wines and those of my colleagues, I realize that those super-oaked Barolos have never become integrated and never will." As if his considerable responsibilities at Vietti were not enough, Currado has embarked on a new project that is taking him to Tuscany - Cortona to be exact. The 2007 vintage is the first where he is working as a consultant for D'Alessandro, which has embarked on a project to make a more classic style of Syrah. It will be interesting to see what Currado does in Tuscany, but I know I am not alone in hoping it won't be accomplished at the expense of his Piedmont wines. The score for2004 Vietti Rocche Barolo is 96 from Robert Parker and this is the tasting note -The 2004 Barolo Rocche has been breathtaking on the occasions I have tasted it. A deep, intense Barolo, it bursts forth with a compelling array of dark cherries, dried roses, menthol, minerals and spices in an explosive expression of ripe fruit laced with perfumed aromatics. This rich, vibrant Barolo grows in the glass, gaining volume, depth and persistence. Like Viettis’s other 2004s, the Rocche is a concentrated, structured wine that will require patience. I have been fortunate to taste many of Vietti’s legendary wines from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, but the 2004 Barolo Rocche is in a class of its own. It may turn out to be the finest wine made at this historic property.