The 2006 Barolo Riserva Cascina Dardi is just beginning to show the first signs of aromatic complexity. In essence, the 2006 Riserva is more or less the equivalent of today’s Disobedient, which is to say it was fermented in oak, with a long period of maceration, and aged in cask. The 2006 possesses magnificent fruit intensity, depth and overall structure, but the wine needs at least a few hours of air for the aromatics to find their balance. Even so, this is a decidedly old-school wine in its interpretation, which means there are a few small imperfections readers will have to look past. Scorched earth, tobacco, smoke and licorice meld into the huge finish. This is an especially brooding Barolo, even by Fantino’s standards.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2036