Buon Padre Barolo DOCG

Viberti

VARIETAL

100% Nebbiolo

APPELLATION

Piedmont, Italy

 

Buon Padre Barolo DOCG

Viberti’s flagship Barolo is a blend of fruit from Viberti’s top vineyard sites.  Buon Padre is a complex, full bodied wine that opens with notes of preserved fruit and spices, and is backed by nuances of earth, leather, and wild flowers.  It is aged in tini for 36-40 months and is bottled unfiltered before further refining in bottle for 6 months.  Approachable upon release, Viberti Buon Padre will only improve with time.

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2017

Wine Advocate - 90 pts

Here’s a wine that vaunts its hot-vintage aromas of wild rose, cherry and red fruit in a careful and contained manner. The Giovanni Viberti 2017 Barolo Buon Padre draws its fruit from nine different vineyard sites: Bricco delle Viole, San Pietro, La Volta, Fossati, Alessandria, San Ponzi, Albarella, Ravera and Terlo. The results are balanced, and indeed this wine reveals more acidity or freshness than we see in most of its peers from the challenging 2017 vintage. That freshness gives the wine a greater sense of lively fruit and accessibility. Buon Padre (the “good father”) is a solid medium-term Barolo for a fatty lamb dish.”

M. Larner, June 2021

2016

James Suckling - 95 pts

A rich, flavorful Barolo with plum and chocolate character. Hazelnuts and meat, too. It’s full-bodied and layered with a wonderful combination of ripe fruit and ripe tannins. Yet, it remains tight, focused and fresh. Give this some time to show its full potential. Try after 2024.

J. Suckling, August 2020

Wine Spectator - 93 pts

Marked by licorice, menthol, cherry and spice aromas and flavors, this red is densely structured and intense. A solid matrix of tannins provides support and a strong grip on the finish. Best from 2024 through 2045.

B. Sanderson, Feb. 2021

2015

James Suckling - 93 pts

The aromas of crushed berries, orange peel and walnuts are very attractive. Full body, Layered and flavorful. Chewy tannins. Needs two or three years to soften, but very pretty already.

J. Suckling, June 2019

2014

Wine Enthusiast - 90

Wild berry, dark spice, new leather and truffle aromas take center stage along with a whiff of violet. The linear medium – bodied palate is on the racy side, offering cranberry, star anise and crushed herb alongside tight, close- grained tannins and vibrant acidity.

K. O'Keefe, Dec. 2018

2013

Wine Spectator - 93 pts

This red shimmers with licorice cherry, tar and mineral aromas and flavors. A bit heady, but expressive, with plenty of buried cherry notes at the core”

B. Sanderson, December 2017

2012

James Suckling - 93 pts

“Brightness and clarity with strawberry and cherry character on the nose. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a focused and polished finish. All in finesse and length.”

James Suckling, March 2017

2011

Wine Enthusiast - 90 pts

Scorched earth, game, forest floor and woodland berry aromas come together in the glass. The solid palate offers raw red berry, licorice, coffee and clove alongside assertive tannins and brisk acidity. Drink after 2019

K.O'Keefe, February 2016

Wine Spectator - 92 pts

A rich, powerful style, boasting cherry, mint, medicinal herb and tar flavors. The dense, ripe tannins linger on the finish, showing licorice and tar accents. Best from 2019 though 2030.

B. Sanderson, November 2015

2010

James Suckling - 93 pts

Brightness and clarity with strawberry and cherry character on the nose. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a focused and polished finish. All in finesse and length.

James Suckling, March 2017

Wine Advocate - 90 pts

The 2010 Barolo Buon Padre is made from fruit from five separate vineyard sites: Bricco delle Viole, San Pietro, La Volta, Fossati, Alessandria and San Ponzio. Starting with the 2012 vintage, two more cru sites (Terlo and Ravera) will be added to the blend in various percentages. The color is bright and vibrant and the wine shows an immediate freshness and youthfulness that sets it apart from the preceding edition of the wine. Drink: 2015-2023.

M. Larner, July 2014

Wine Enthusiast - 93 pts

Sensations of pressed rose, violet, black cherry, cinnamon and crushed raspberry emerge from this elegant Barolo alongside brisk acidity and tightly woven tannins. Give it time. Drink 2018-2030.

K. O'Keefe, October 2014

2009

Wine Advocate - 88 pts

The 2009 Barolo Buon Padre shows some brown fading on the rim with savory aromas of cured meat and bresaola. It seems older than it really is. You can pull the cork on this bottle almost immediately. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.

M. Larner, June 2013

Wine Spectator - 89 pts

Ripe cherry and black currant notes form the core of this medium-weight Barolo, with burly tannins. On the rustic side, offering a lingering, tobacco-tinged finish. Best from 2016 through 2028.

B. Sanderson, Web Only 2013

2007

Wine Enthusiast - 89 pts

Vintner Giovanni Viberti has crafted a generous and dense Barolo that opens with inky concentration and intense aromas of blackberry preserve the cherry liqueur. Background shadings of leather, tobacco and cured meat round out the palate.

M. Larner, September 2012

Wine Spectator - 90 pts

Modern in style, focused on bright, fresh cherry and black currant fruit, joined by sweet spices and toast for grace notes. Velvety and well-integrated, with a lingering, sweet finish. Best from 2012 through 2026.

B. Sanderson, April 2012

2006

Wine Spectator - 88 pts

This is packed, though in a compact, slight build. Enticing black cherry, black currant, menthol and licorice flavors come together with dense, ripe tannins. Needs time. Best from 2013 through 2027.

B. Sanderson, February 2011

2005

Wine Spectator - 88 pts

Ripe, offering plum, prune, eucalyptus and leather notes. Angular and austere, with stiff tannins on the finish. Difficult to see where this is headed. Best from 2013 through 2024.

B. Sanderson, March 2011

2004

Wine Enthusiast - 88 pts

Barolo Buon Padre (“good father”) is a wine that walks in delicate steps, rather than in leaps and bounds. This is a good thing, because the slow pace allows you to savor its lingering tones of cherry cola, licorice, jasmine and dried flower.

M. Larner, April 2009
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