"Pira's 2004 Barolo Vigna Rionda (aged in 100% new French oak) opens with captivating aromatics that lead to a silky-textured palate of ripe red fruit. This medium to full-bodied Barolo offers exquisite purity and delineation with finessed tannins and an extraordinary sense of harmony. It shut down quickly in the glass and will require patience, but this is a stunningly pure Rionda in the making. It's nice to see Giampaolo Pira bounce back with this gorgeous Rionda after his disappointing 2003. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024."
Intensely garnet red in color, the Vigna Rionda has an elegant and complex nose, layering aromas of wild berries and sweet tobacco with balsamic notes. It is rich and opulent on the palate, harmonious and extraordinarily persistent.
"Medium red. Medicinal, brooding nose currently dominated by nutty oak. Lush on entry, then rather chunky and medicinal in the middle, with its sweetness currently blocked by huge tannins and strong acids. This very backward wine is all about power and muscle.
Rating: 90+ Points"
International Wine Cellar