90 Points, Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
93 Insider Points
"Good medium red. Aromas of redcurrant, plum, spices, earth and menthol, along with a balsamic note and a slight warmth. Less vivacious and primary than the 2010, but plush and fine-grained, showing a liqueur-like ripeness to its sweet red fruit flavors. Finishes broad and long, with a serious dusting of tannins and notes of roasted meat, earth and spices. In a plush style (it reminded me a bit of an old-style earthy Burgundy) but a tad dry on the back." - Tanzer's IWC, 90 Points
"The 2009 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio has a little more depth and density, along with slightly fresher flavors, but, it, too looks to be suited for near-term drinking. Dried cherries, savory herbs, mint and crushed flowers meld together nicely in the glass. The finish is long, sweet and very nicely perfumed, with a nice sense of grip." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
"Violets, crushed rose petals and leather on the nose. Succulent and juicy dried cherry and powder licorice core has an immediate appeal. The primary fruit is guilded by polished fine grain tannins that fan out to an extremely long finish. This drinks well above its price tag!" - Neil Mechanic, Invino Premier Member Concierge, 93 Points
Bricco Ambrogio is located in Roddi, the smallest township within the Barolo district. The Grimaldi family was fortunate to purchase a parcel of this undiscovered vineyard back in the late 1990s. They have consistently crafted a plush and heavily seductive Nebbiolo from this desirable vineyard for over 15 years now.
You’ll find only one other Bricco Ambrogio out there and that is from the uber iconic Paolo Scavino. I guarantee you will not find either a 2009 or 2010 for the price of this spotlight wine. Heck, you’ll have to shell out $50 to $70 for a current release, making this Grimaldi a compelling and savvy cellar pickup indeed!
Your Premier Member price is nearly 30% off the national list price and the next best price is $40! It's time to stock up at least 3 to 6 bottles and chart it’s course over the next decade. It’s extremely difficult to procure age-worthy old-world reds with the ability to cellar for 20 years at this price. Only 10 cases are now in-stock so time to pony up.
Bruna Grimaldi inherited the family business back in the late 1990’s. Her principles are simple and traditional: quality originates in the vineyard first and foremost. Her wines are exclusively aged in large wooden barrels to allow the fruit to shine through. The single vineyard bottlings come are reminiscent of traditional Red Burgundy, but with a whole lot more core muscle.
While the 2010s are getting the spotlight, the 2009s, as with this offering will offer early enjoyment. A plus for those enthusiast that don’t have the patience to wait a decade or more to enjoy. Today's feature will benefit with a double decant and let breathe for a good hour before enjoying in its youthful stage. However, let this baby rest on its side for another 3-5 years to maximize the pleasure.
The story of Azienda Bruna Grimaldi is one of family tradition: people born and raised in Barolo among the hills that connect the villages of Grinzane Cavour to Serralunga, combined with a passion for wine and working the vineyards that has been handed down through the decades. The winery has grown over the years, thanks to its dedication to the great wines of the Langhe and great care in the selection of the most suitable vineyards for the production of Barolo.
Giacomo Grimaldi started to sell his grapes in 1957, then brother Giovanni Grimaldi produced their first wine in the 1960s, selling it by the liter. More recently, Giovanni’s daughter Bruna Grimaldi and her husband Franco Fiorino, the present owners, have turned the business into a modern winery, bottling their first wine in 1999. The estate she inherited included the Badarina vineyard in Serralunga from her mother’s side and some beautiful old vineyards from her father’s side in Grinzane Cavour, where the winery is located. Additionally, they purchased some choice parcels in other sites, including a parcel in the coveted Bricco Ambrogio vineyard in Roddi. Some vineyards were replanted where necessary, so that certain vineyards – particularly in Serralunga – are an average of 25 years old, whereas older vines can be found in vineyards in Grinzane Cavour, Roddi and Diano d’Alba.
Pair with roasts, wild game and full-flavored cheeses