Great Wines of Italy Masterclass: The Crus of Barolo – 2011 Vintage Tasting

Date(s) - November 15, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

James Suckling Wine Central


Taste a selection of the very best vineyards and communes of Barolo with wine critic James Suckling




Nov 15, 2021 (Monday); 5 P.M. – 6 P.M.

@ James Suckling Wine Central

8 wines to taste / / HK$1,288 per person incl. `1 artisan cheese and charcuterie platter per person


This is an incredibly rare opportunity to taste a selection of eight top Barolos from iconic producers with world-acclaimed wine critic James Suckling himself. James has been tasting wines from Italy for more than four decades and has been visiting the country regularly since 1983 when he first traveled across Italy with a group of US wine merchants. As many of you know he has a home not far from Florence, and usually he tries to visit at least once or twice a year.


It was difficult to follow on from the excellent 2010 vintage in Barolo, but many producers were able in 2011 to deliver intense, fruity and rich wines. Nebbiolo, the king of Piemonte, making prestigious and age-worthy wines but finds its greatest and most refined expression in the very best vineyards and communes of Barolo. The structured, firm and complex wines made by top producers are rewarded by time in the bottle. Ten years later you’ll witness the evolution of a stunning selection of crus such as Falleto, Bussia and Cannubi.



Guests will be treated to an artisan cheese and charcuterie platter to round off the evening and will be welcome with an aperitivo.

Guests may decide to stay on and have dinner after at James Suckling Wine Central and sample Chef Albert’s incredible wine-friendly food, including the delicious Organic Yellow Brick Chicken, USDA Prime Petit Tender Beef Tataki or his insanely creamy Rigatoni Alla Cabonara.

Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falleto 2011, 97pts

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Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Enrico VI 2011, 94 pts

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Damilano Barolo Cerequio 2011, 94 pts

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Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Cannubi 2011, 96 pts

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Parusso Barolo Bussia Riserva 2011, 99 pts

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Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2011, 97 pts

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Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala 2011, 96 pts

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Roberto Voerzio Barolo La Serra 2011, 98 pts

Bruno Giacosa

The estate makes wines of such impeccable depth and finesse that they are easily comparable with the best of Burgundy; James sometimes likens Bruno Giacosa’s incredible Barolos and Barbarescos to the reds of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti.

Cordero di Montezemolo

Although the origins of Cordero di Montezemolo date back to the mid-1300s, the wines show modern precision and style. Alberto Cordero di Montezemolo has a clear understanding of the past, present and future aspirations of the winery; hence, he is always pushing the boundaries in his winemaking.


Damilano Barolo is one of the oldest family wineries in Barolo. They are now the largest owners (with about 10 hectares) of the famous Barolo vineyard of Cannubi, as well as a number of other top sites from the appellation. The winery was passed down in 1997 to Giacomo’s grandchildren: Guido, Mario, and Paolo Damilano, the fourth generation of owners.

Marchesi di Barolo

Marchesi di Barolo, owned by the Abbona Family, is one of Italy’s most historic wine estates. Cannubi is Barolo’s oldest and most prestigious vineyard and the jewel in Marchesi di Barolo’s crown. The Abbonas, now in their sixth generation of the business, remain faithful interpreters of native varietals and their locations, carefully preserving the qualities and peculiarities of each vineyard.


On land first purchased and planted with nebbiolo by his grandfather in 1901 in Barolo, Marco Parusso makes sincere wines that beautifully reflect the nature of the family’s now much extended vineyards. Moving to biodynamic viticulture, Parusso retains the intrinsic quality of his grapes without intrusive winemaking techniques, producing wines that not only show great flavors but are soulful.

Pio Cesare

Founded in 1881, Pio Cesare’s vineyards and ancient cellars have enjoyed success for five generations. Pio Cesare wines are crafted to be accessible and difficult to resist drinking young, but they are very age-worthy, too. Federica Rosy – 5th generation – is continuing her father’s legacy with the same passion and dedication.

Poderi Aldo Conterno

This is one of the most impressive wine estates in all of Italy, perhaps in the world. From its great vineyards in Barolo, Poderi Aldo Conterno makes some of the most exquisite red wines on the planet. It was all part of the dream of the late Aldo Conterno, who passed away in the spring of 2012. He established the estate in 1969, having left his father’s winery, Giacomo Conterno, in the hands of his brother. Poderi Aldo Conterno is now under the helm of Aldo’s sons: Franco, Stefano and Giacomo.

Roberton Voerzio

Having crafted more 100-point wines than any other Italian winemaker, Roberto Voerzio is a living benchmark in fine winemaking. He works with dedication and exactitude in the fields and it shows. Voerzio’s single-vineyard Barolos in the heart of the Langhe are some of the most profound reds in the world, showing incredible depth of fruit and structure.

This masterclass tasting at James Suckling Wine Central is part of Great Wines of Italy 2021 Grand Tasting & Masterclass Program throughout November – a series of curated tasting events featuring close to 100 of Italy’s greatest producers and their top-scoring wines. Check out the full line-up of all masterclass tastings and other programs during the tasting month at:

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