Ruby red color with garnet reflexes. Its delicate, though intense nose, is expansive with overtones of withered roses, violets, tobacco, underbrush, spices and a slight touch of vanilla. Dense, closely-woven tannins show on the palate, which starts out smooth and velvety and then explodes with fruit, nicely balanced by a sharp freshness. The wine has a long aftertaste packed with flavor.
"Loads of tar and blackberries on the nose. Full-bodied, with soft, round tannins and a pretty fruity finish. This is balanced. "
"Over the last few years, CEO Giovanni Minetti and eonologist Danilo Drocco have embarked on a plan to completely overhaul the estate's image, placing more emphasis on quality and a more contemporary style of winemaking, especially with regards to the higher-end wines. Gone are the old labels and packaging, replaced with sleek, stylish labels and extra-heavy bottles. The Barolos today are made in a softer, more accessible style that emphasizes low yields and very ripe, concentrated fruit. The wines are aged in Allier barriques for the first year and in medium sized 20 to 30 hectoliter Allier oak barrels for the second year...The 2001 Barolo La Rosa, a saturated ruby, opens with a nose that suggests very ripe fruit, new oak, licorice and tar. It is massive and rich on the palate with loads of dark, concentrated fruit, toasted oak and menthol notes. The most masculine and dense of these Barolos... "
The Wine Advocate