Thursday, April 15, 2010

La Loggia Barolo 2005 wine review by (PB)

Had some friends over for lasagna and opened this very inexpensive Trader Joe's "Barolo." I paid $17 for it which is not what you normally pay for a Barolo; even a low end one. They start around the mid $20 range but those are few and far between. Most start around $30 and up into the hundred range for one with some age on it. For the price though this was not bad at all!

There was a little "bricking" at the rim so this wine is definitely peaked and headed south. This is also very atypical for Barolos which are age worthy wines. The bouquet released a very nice fresh cherry note with an earthy front and sweet tobacco.

Palate: mature, integrated wine with tight fruit and earthy dried cherry notes.

This is a fairly thin wine for a Barolo but again , for the price, I would buy a couple more for immediate consumption. The company--the car salesman and his wife--a celebration of buying a new vehicle for my girl friend (and wife) made it an utterly enjoyable evening. You see wine makes everything a special occasion. Raise a glass and thanks Rog!!!!


16 Elements said...

This wine is actually recommended for its antioxidant content and for its high levels of melatonin as Barolo uses a very specific italian grape for its red wines, one of the few vendors available on the market today. For those that use it as a natural sleep aid, the 2005 is perfect, and priced appropriately for that use.

Christopher said...

I'm sorry but I have to correct some serious flaws in your article here. It is clear that you have very little experience with Barolo and the nebbiolo grape in general. Barolo is an AOP wine region in which they make red wines from the Nebbiolo grape. You mention that the noticeable bricking in this indicates that it is "headed south" but in all actuality bricking at a young age is a trademark of Nebbiolo based wines. It is an inherent property of the grape. You are correct in saying that Barolos are known for their age-worthiness. With regard to your comment of it being "thin wine for a Barolo" I must question your experience with the grape.
I hope I haven't been harsh, I just don't wish your readers to be misinformed.

PB said...

Chris, I appreciate your careful analysis and like you, I don't want our followers to be mislead. Since I am not infallible and did NOT disagree with your basic statements re: Barolos, I did numerous searches for other opinions and found that my statements and analysis were completely consistent with what I found. I should have been clearer though in my expression. For example "This is also very atypical for Barolos which are age worthy wines." ws not referring to the fact of bricking being atypical but rather the lack of age worthiness. Interestingly, I found other reviews of this wine which also noted that it was beyond peak and heading south. So it seems we were both right--the best of all worlds. At any rate--thanks for your expose--I think all our readers including myself were benefited by them. Have a Merry Christmas and raise a glass!

Unknown said...

Well dear PB, here it is 2.5 years later and the wine is drinking absolutely beautifully. We enjoyed it with grilled Porterhouse steaks - done more or less as the "Chinatigana " steaks in Italy are done.

Yes it is still bricking and the hue is garnet with rust reflections throughout, but neither the flavors nor aromas are the least bit tired, nor is the wine "thin." Maybe you have a Parkerized palate and think top shelf wines should all have the opacity and thickness of spent motor oil?

OK that's harsh but Chris's review is a lot more on point than yours, and the wine is not the least bit over the hill thouhg I don't suspect it's going to get better than it was tonight.

PB said...

Thanks for the 2 1/2 year update. Re:Parkerized palate, uh yeah it was harsh and utterly unfair. Frankly, I am not a fan of Parker as I find his reviews unhelpful but as I understand it, Parker doesn't necessarily do his own reviews but his disciples. As for aging a wine as to its longevity, even the masters at the Wine Spectator can be off on a wine's potential longevity by a decade or more. Anyway--one thing you have to say for enophiles is that they are as passionate about their opinions of wine! Raise a glass, relax, take a deep breath and be proud of your name.