2016 Renato Corino Barolo Del comune di La Morra



Rosemary-crusted grilled veal chops. Cauliflower and crème fraiche puree on caramelized shallot toasts, drizzled with white truffle oil. Asparagus wrapped in crisp pancetta. Grilled focaccia stuffed with provolone, mortadella and scallions. When the Piemontese feast on meals like these, it’s a bottle (or seven) of Barolo that they reach for – Renato Corino Barolo, that is.

Corino is one of those utterly charming Italian wineries – Granddad planted the vines in the 1950s, and his two grandsons made the wine together until an amicable split (for inheritance and family reasons) in 2005. Renato Corino’s home sits among his vines in La Morra, and it’s here that he and his son make Barolo to this day.

Renato’s second wife Laura (“I’m the recycled wife,” she says in a merry jumble of mistranslation) leads the tours and always remembers to have lots of prosciutto around…which a man like me can appreciate. The Renatos are incredibly warm and welcoming, and the big family secret that they don’t point out until you’ve had just a bit too much to drink is that they’ve all got really big hands (try and find the handprints on the labels). To top it all off, they love to make, share, and drink Barolo and here, in this bottle, that truly shows:

The 2016 Barolo develops from the glass with the pronounced significant aromas that we associate with Nebbiolo– aromas of black cherries, raspberries, dried sage and rosemary, and a discreet note of black pepper are all loaded into the glass. The palate is racy, juicy, silky, and sexy all at the same time: it’s got enough up-front fruit to be enchanting, but the tannic structure of a thoroughly regal Italian wine. It is drinkable now but will solidly make it for at least 15 years in your cellar.

Here’s a Barolo that absolutely everyone can dig into and love. The combination of fruit, drinkability, and complexity is stunning – this wine simply has it all.


Critical Acclaim:

“92 points

“I love these wines that source fruit from a single comune, or village, in the Barolo appellation. The entry-level Renato Corino 2016 Barolo del Comune di La Morra showcases silky tannins, loose textural fiber and pretty berry accents. Once you break it all down, this wine delivers on a promise of varietal purity and accessibility. Raspberry and wild cherry is followed by dried mint and basil. An ample 10,000 bottles were made.” – Wine advocate

“91 points.

“The 2016 Barolo del Comune di La Morra is a serious wine that shows just how compelling the vintage is, even among entry-level bottlings. Black cherry, plum, spice, leather and menthol bring out darker shades of Nebbiolo in this rich, textured La Morra Barolo. This is an especially fleshy, rich style, especially among entry-level bottlings. Plush fruit and silky, polished tannins add considerable appeal.” –Vinous

“91 points.

“This is elegant and supple, offering plum, mint, tobacco and earth flavors allied to dusty tannins. Balanced and long. Best from 2023 through 2037. 1,000 cases made, 350 cases imported.” – Wine Spectator