2017 Varja Barolo Coste di Rose

Barolo, Italy


The Varja Barolo Coste di Rose comes from a world of sublime hand-crafted, artisan wines of the very highest level. Coste di Rose is a small MGA in Comune di Barolo. It is located on a steep slope that arises from Bosco della Fava and descends swiftly towards the border with Monforte d’Alba. The greatest emotion is the one you feel when reaching the top of the vineyard: a five-meter tall dune of pure Arenarie di Diano stands out there, as the witness of the unique soil composition of Coste di Rose. These sands provide this wine with its distinctive character: Aromas of roses, tones of marasca cherry and cherry stone, liquorice, mint and sweet spices are rather explosive on the nose. In the palate, Coste di Rose is juicy, with tones of dark cherry, silky tannins and a saline aftertaste.

“Great barolo on all counts. Nose, full palate and long finish. Initial floral notes, then cedar, oak, cinnamon. The length was really impressive with grainy tannins.” – Raffi Stepanian