The Mauro Veglio Barolo Castelletto 2005 is a pretty rare beast with only 6000 bottles of the 05 produced. This wine is not for those seeking a traditional Barolo in either taste or profile. In the glass the wine is alive with tiny little particles of Barolo flavour dancing around due to the lack of fining or filtration. This is a long haired, rock n roll, bad boy Barolo with a secret passion for Berlioz. Probably the most interesting of the three wines but likely the least classically styled, I love it, but Barolo traditionalists may not. You can win a bottle of this Barolo and also a GB Burlotto ’05 and Germano Ettore ’05 by entering the competition with Design Wines Here.
Mauro Veglio Barolo Castelletto 2005 – WIN - £25-£30
Alive, living, breathing garnet red, deep in colour. On the nose this wine gives acres of pronounced oak and sweet alcohol but below this you can find violets, coffee and plenty of dark fruit. On the palate the wine is bold and a bit rough with an aggressive attack and plump mouthfeel . The mid palate is jam packed with licorice. The wood is still prevalent on the palate and I’m not sure the wine offers up enough acidity to truly age into a long term cellaring option. A decent length to the finish but still too much bitter wood for my preference on the end. Many classic Barolo lovers may feel like they’ve had a bit of a punch up after a confrontation with this wine but it is tasty and it is different! 86 Points
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My Twitter feed tells me that the love affair with Barolo in the last decade has ended, with many younger drinkers preferring to explore the other varietal wines (including Nebbiolo based) that Italy has to offer. Has Barolo had its day?