93 Points - James Suckling

94 Insider Points


"The purity of fruit is impressive in this young Barolo with strawberry, cherry and light spice aromas. Full-bodied, yet fresh and agile. Lively finish. Drink or hold".

-James Suckling

Boasso Barolo, an Old World Lover's Delight

When I'm speaking with serious Italian wine drinkers, Barolo is almost always a talking point. Good Barolo is one thing, amazing Barolo is a whole other. Boasso's Margheria falls into the latter, a delicious example of pure Nebbiolo. This is a bottle I'm happy to share with friends, but honestly I'm compelled to drink the whole thing over a couple days to see its evolution.

Soft leather and raspberry on the nose. The palate gives a medium body with Old World leather tones, dry cranberry and savory mushrooms. The next glass will be on my porch watching the sunset this evening.

94 Points - JZ February '18

2012 Boasso Barolo Margheria
Barolo DOCG, Piedmont, Italy
93pts -James Suckling

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    Barolo DOCG, Piedmont, Italy
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Gorgeous family owned, single-vineyard Barolo—lacking only a wide distribution along with a name recognizable to the masses. “The purity of fruit is impressive in this young Barolo with strawberry, cherry and light spice aromas. Full-bodied, yet fresh and agile. Lively finish. Drink or hold,” says James Suckling. The Wine Enthusiast notes: “Underbrush, singed earth, mature dark-skinned fruit and a balsamic note emerge in the glass. The ripe, firm palate shows mocha, black raspberry and licorice…”

And what about the vintage in general? “Two thousand twelve is one of the most intriguing recent vintages in Barolo,” writes Vinous. And from James Suckling: “Most of the wines show ripe fruit and a balance of fine tannins that give them form and lustre. They’re not the hard-core tannic and acidic wines that some may prefer, but wines with harmony, flesh and appeal. You’ll be able to enjoy them for many years into the future—as well as right now.”

Four reasons we love it:

  • The Boasso family began making estate-sourced wines in the early 1970s. Today, the winery is run by Franco Boasso with an amassed vineyard hold on 4.5 hectares within Barolo’s coveted Serralunda district.
  • The tiny Margharia is a unique Barolo Cru . This west-facing plot enjoys its own distinct microclimate and soil type—unusually rich in limestone deposits--making for a characterful, long-lived Barolo.
  • The 2012 vintage was rated 94 points by the Wine Spectator, which writes: “Barolos are elegant, balanced and expressive, with fruit and savory elements.”
  • Prior to the mid-19th century, Barolo was a sweet wine. This changed when the mayor of Grinzane Couver invited French enologist Louis Oudart to improve the region’s winemaking techniques, giving winemakers the ability to ferment Nebbiolo must completely dry. The result was the first modern Barolo, soon dubbed “the wine of kings, the king of wines.”

Complex, intense and persistent, with ethereal, fruity and spicy notes.
Intense and firm, from ruby tones in youth, through garnet hues with time, and eventually acquiring reflections of sharp orange.
Dry, full bodied and  elegant tannin, rich and intense finish.


From the winery:

The Gabutti Winery was set up in the early 1970s when the BOASSO family started to make its own wine from the grapes grown in the family-owned vineyards. It was named after one of the most renowned areas of Barolo wine production; the Gabutti area was previously classified by Renato Ratti as a first-class sub-zone.

The family-run company is managed by Franco BOASSO and produces wine from the grapes grown on 4.5 hectares located within the Serralunga district, in the sub-zones of Gabutti, Meriame and Margaria. Special attention is dedicated to work in the vineyards in the conviction that great wines are produced from prime quality grapes.

As a result of diminishing yields, carrying out work on the vines at precisely the right time and evaluating the best moment for the vintage, the grapes are used to produce the best wines for ageing. After a traditional vinification process the wines are aged in medium-sized barrels made from new wood. The wines obtained are now exported to the main European and overseas markets, as well as throughout Italy.


An elegant partner for roasts, game, stews, and well aged cheeses. To fully appreciate this wine it deserves to be served in large glasses. For older vintages a thorough decanting is recommended.


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