The Man, The Myth, The Legend
Before we talk about the Accomasso Barolo, let’s talk about Lorenzo Accomasso. After his quick rise to fame, Accomasso’s wines have been harder and harder to come by. The story of Lorenzo Accomasso is a peculiar one. And he’s a peculiar man. And his wines can be a bit peculiar too. I’ve only ever had his wines a handful of times, and the experience has been quite varied to be honest.
However, I have been lucky enough to visit him twice. And it’s quite the experience. He doens’t speak a word of english or regular italian. Only dialect. So I always bring along a translator. Not that it really helps. He doesn’t really talk about wine. The last time I was there, he was very excited about the land he has just bought. At age, 80+. He really is very peculiar. Hopefully I’ll be able to visit again this year!
Accomasso Barolo 2010
2010 has a big reputation, and this 2010 Barolo lived up to it. There’s a whole debate going on about whether or not the 2010’s are ready now, and in my limited experience with 2010 I think they could use a few more years.
The aroma’s immediately reminded me of La Morra. I love it when a wine can take you back to some of your fondest memories. A mix of fruits and herbs on the nose, really beautiful aromas. The first sip took me a bit by surprise. It’s a big wine. Tannins are strong, but still smooth, if you know what I mean.
His wines get mixed reviews, but the 2010 Accomasso Barolo was really good! I tasted it blind, and was honestly quite surprised when I saw which wine it was. It’s a very big wine, so it got even better with some food. If you have any 2010, you can keep them another 5-10 years!