Robert Parker/Wine Advocate
2016 Barolo Riserva 'San Bernardo'
This is a real treat because we only see this wine in the vintages that are deemed superior. The Palladino 2016 Barolo Riserva San Bernardo is a bit shy upon initial inspection, and this comes as a surprise given the immediate heft and power that is associated with this vineyard site in Serralunga d'Alba. That timid approach repays in kind with added layers of complexity and fine aromas that appear carefully with each swirl of the glass. You get lasting aromas of wild cherry, spice, earth and delicate licorice all powered by a significant 15.5% alcohol content.