Giovanni Rosso

Ester Canale Vigna Rionda Barolo DOCG

Ester Canale Vigna Rionda Barolo DOCG
Italy

Red wine 100% Nebbiolo
  • Tasting Notes
  • Pairs With
    Cheese (Soft)
    Lamb, Game Meat
    Red Meat, Steak, Beef
  • ColorDeep ruby red color with garnet hues
  • NoseThe bouquet is complex and sophisticated with elegant notes of violet, roses, wild berry jam, goudron, leather and truffle together with fresh balsamic and spicy hints.
    Blackcurrantblackcurrant
    Jam, Jelly, Preservesjam
    Roserose
    Violetviolet
  • FlavorOn the palate it is superbe, austere, mouthfilling, with an incredible elegant tension and a long fruity and savoury finish.

Piedmont At a Glance

Region Name Piedmont

Piemonte is considered by many the top wine region of Italy, being the land of Barolo and Barbaresco, even though these mega-popular wines only account for 3% of the region’s wine production.

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Vintage Publication Score Review Date POS Generator
2017 Wine Enthusiast 99 Nov 2021 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2017 Wine Spectator 95 Oct 2021 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2016 Wine Enthusiast 100 Jul 2020 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2016 Wine Spectator 97 Apr 2021 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2016 Wine Spectator 97 Feb 2021 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2016 Vinous Media 95 Oct 2020 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2016 Wine Advocate 94 Jul 2020 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2015 Wine Enthusiast 97 Dec 2020 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2015 Wine Enthusiast 97 Dec 2019 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2015 Wine Spectator 93 Feb 2020 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2015 Vinous Media 93 Oct 2019 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2014 Wine Spectator 95 Mar 2019 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
2014 Wine Advocate 88 Apr 2019 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 99 Vintage 2017 Wine Enthusiast Absolutely compelling, this arresting wine opens with classic Nebbiolo aromas of rose petal, camphor, star anise and wild berries. Structured but also smooth as silk, the firm yet elegant palate features ripe Marasca cherry, blood orange, licorice and white pepper framed in tightly woven, ultrarefined tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it well-balanced while a saline note lingers on the long finish. Drink 2027–2042. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 95 Vintage 2017 Wine Spectator The core of cherry flavor runs deep in this intense red, along with notes of eucalyptus, licorice, iron and a hint of flowers. Retreats into a compact stance, with resonant tannins, yet there is an overall finesse and gracefulness that cannot be denied. Best from 2025 through 2047. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 100 Vintage 2016 Wine Enthusiast This textbook, dream Barolo opens with quintessential aromas of underbrush, rose petal, dried herb and forest berry while the youthfully austere, delicious palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and menthol before a tobacco finish. Noble tannins give it a firm, polished backbone while bright acidity keeps it balanced and imparts ageworthy energy. Drink 2026–2066. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 97 Vintage 2016 Wine Spectator A white pepper aroma introduces this rich, succulent red. Raspberry, cherry, floral and mineral flavors abound, backed by a dense structure. It's all about the fruit up front, the texture on the finish. But when these two components align, look out. Super long and fresh. Best from 2023 through 2048. 250 cases made, 25 cases imported. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 97 Vintage 2016 Wine Spectator A white pepper aroma introduces this rich, succulent red. Raspberry, cherry, floral and mineral flavors abound, backed by a dense structure. It's all about the fruit up front, the texture on the finish. But when these two components align, look out. Super long and fresh. Best from 2023 through 2048. 250 cases made, 25 cases imported.  Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 95 Vintage 2016 Vinous Media The 2016 Barolo Vigna Rionda is the best wine Davide Rosso has made from this site yet. Fresh, floral and sensual, the 2016 captures all of the finesse that makes Rionda the Musigny of Barolo. All the elements fall into place in a magical, richly evocative Barolo that shows such grace and class. Rose petal, mint, orange peel and red berry fruit are some of the notes that run through this exquisite Barolo. The 2016 marks a very important step for the evolution of this bottling. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 94 Vintage 2016 Wine Advocate Closed with a pretty red wax capsule, the Ester Canale Rosso 2016 Barolo Vignarionda is a wine of broad shoulders and wide aromas. The bouquet opens to dark fruit, dried currant, spice, licorice, candied orange and powdered licorice. Like the other wines in this series, this Barolo shows downplayed energy, choosing instead to adopt a slow-to-open and more contemplative or classic approach. This is an expensive bottle but is overall a bit flat. It does award an orderly and compliant interpretation of the mighty Nebbiolo grape. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 97 Vintage 2015 Wine Enthusiast Earthy aromas of wild red berry, underbrush, new leather and tar come together on the nose of this delicious, enveloping red. The elegant, full-bodied palate delivers ripe brandied cherry, juicy raspberry, truffle, licorice and baking spice set against a backbone of firm, fine-grained tannins. It's already impressive, but give it time to develop even more complexity. Drink 2025–2035. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 97 Vintage 2015 Wine Enthusiast Earthy aromas of wild red berry, underbrush, new leather and tar come together on the nose of this delicious, enveloping red. The elegant, full-bodied palate delivers ripe brandied cherry, juicy raspberry, truffle, licorice and baking spice set against a backbone of firm, fine-grained tannins. It's already impressive, but give it time to develop even more complexity. Drink 2025–2035. KERIN O’KEEFE Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 93 Vintage 2015 Wine Spectator Vibrant and racy, with strawberry, cherry, liquorice, incence and spice flavors. The supple texture add to the appeal, while fine balance and a long finish enhance the quality. Best from 2022 through 2040. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 93 Vintage 2015 Vinous Media The 2015 Barolo Vigna Rionda is a wine of real power and intensity. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2015 needs time for the sensuality and pedigree of Rionda to emerge. Today, the 2015 is a bit bombastic, although it offers tons of allure. Hints of tobacco, leather, dark cherry, licorice, menthol, spice and dried flowers build as the 2015 shows off everything its got. I can't wait to taste the 2015 with a bit more bottle age. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 95 Vintage 2014 Wine Spectator Packed with sweet, ripe cherry, strawberry, floral and mineral aromas and flavors, this is shaded by accents of earth, woodsy underbrush and tobacco. Sleek and racy, this persists with energy through the resonant finish. A terrific expression of the vintage. Best from 2023 through 2043. 150 cases made, 25 cases imported. –BS Shelf Talker Full Page Review
  • Score: 88 Vintage 2014 Wine Advocate The 2014 Barolo VignaRionda Ester Canale Rosso is sort of sweet and sour at the same time and not totally aligned. Its plump fruit has some strange ripeness to it. It's not a bad wine, but it's not great either. It is meant for immediate or near-term drinking. Shelf Talker Full Page Review