Inviting aromas recalling truffle, wild mint, woodland berry and spice escape the glass along with whiffs of rose. The aromas carry over to the savory, elegant palate together with crushed raspberry and star anise while taut, fine-grained tannins provide structure. Fresh acidity keeps it balanced. It's already approachable but also shows great mid-term aging potential. Best 2024–2030.93 pts - Monica Larner (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate)
The Michele Chiarlo 2018 Barolo Tortoniano reveals a hint of vintage ripeness with dried raspberry and cherry behind grilled herb and anise seed. The Tortoniano is tight and firm now in its youth with some mild tannic astringency that will surely relax with just a few more years of bottle age. The wine needs four or five years to flesh out and gain in volume.