Robert Parker(2012 Vintage) This Barolo from the high-performing Bricco Delle Viole cru enjoys a long tradition as a historic Robert Parker Wine Advocate favorite. However, I am less enthusiastic about the 2012 Barolo Bricco Delle Viole. The bouquet is heavy with ripe aromas of blackberry and strawberry jam that prove difficult to move past. The overall effect lacks the profound depth and nuanced intensity of more balanced vintages. This Barolo shows some mild sweetness in the mouth with soft, smooth tannins.
Wine Spectator(2012 Vintage) Offers classic aromas of rose, cherry and tar, with hints of licorice and spice. As this plays out, a tobacco element comes to the fore, along with leafy, eucalyptus and mineral details. Very fresh and balanced, if tannic on the finish for now. Best from 2020 through 2035. From Italy.-B.S.
Wine Enthusiast(2012 Vintage) Ripe berry, violet, aromatic herb and cake spice aromas lift out of the glass. Structured and elegant, the palate delivers fleshy Morello cherry, black raspberry, cinnamon, tobacco and licorice alongside firm, polished tannins. It’s already delicious and accessible. Best 2017-2022.