There are hundreds of producers in Piedmont, but only a dozen or so which occupy the limelight. It pays to seek out others, as the quality can be just as good for half the price. I found this 2001 Fratelli Revello Vigna Gattera Barolo to be quite a gem.
This is quite a surprising wine: the colour is very dark, it is full bodied and more fruit orientated than the more typical tar and roses. In this way, it is more of an international wine expression. On the other hand, it carries typical Barolo features as well: quite a dry mouthfeel, dry tannins on the finish. The wine has good length and is harmonious on the mid-palate. However, it is less balanced on the finish where the alcohol shows a bit.
This wine is good to drink now, but requires red meat to absorb the tannins.
Score: 92-94(with food)/++