2009 - Roero Bric Valdiana
Year after year, Almondo is one of the very finest producers in Roero, a part of Piedmont where consistency is hard to come by. This is a fabulous set of wines from top to bottom.

Rating: 92 points
Antonio Galloni

A more feminine side of Roero Nebbiolo takes shape in the 2009 Roero Bric Valdiana. An expressive core of sweet red berries, roses and spices flesh out in this gracious, mid-weight wine. Firm yet silky
tannins frame the long, perfumed finish. The 2009 is simply lovely from start to finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

2008 - Roero Bric Valdiana
Once again, Almondo has turned out a fabulous set of wines. Readers who want to explore Roero should start here.

Rating: 91 points
Antonio Galloni

Almondo's 2008 Roero Bric Valdiana shows striking inner perfume and fabulous depth in its dark fruit. This is a relatively round style shaped by French oak, which also adds elements of spiciness. As good as this is, it doesn't appear to have the stuffing to quite match the oak, but it remains attractive nevertheless. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020.

2007 - Roero Bric Valdiana
Almondo is an excellent source for varietally true, expressive wines from Roero. The red Roeros are particularly impressive this year.

Rating: 92 points
Antonio Galloni

The 2007 Roero Bric Valdiana Monta emerges from the glass with gorgeous dark red fruit, minerals, licorice, violets and French oak. This sleek, refined Roero impresses for its exceptional balance and fabulous pedigree. With time in the glass, the wine grows in depth and overall expressiveness. The tannins are a touch firm, but the Valdiana should be even better with another year or two of bottle age. This is a fabulous effort from Almondo. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.

2006 - Roero Bric Valdiana
Almondo is an excellent source for wines from Roero loaded with character and personality.

Rating: 90 points
Antonio Galloni

The 2006 Roero Bric Valdiana emerges with dark red cherries, sweet French oak, flowers and minerals, all of which are wrapped around a medium-bodied frame of notable elegance. The wine gains volume and depth with air, as the fruit continues to emerge and the finish becomes rounder, sweeter and more polished. This is a wonderful effort from Almondo. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021.

2005 - Roero Bric Valdiana
Giovanni Almondo is a reference-point producer for Arneis, Barbera and Roero. I am amazed this producer isn’t better known considering the high quality of the wines here. Readers looking for value-priced wines from Almondo may want to take a look at Issue 178.

Rating: 92 points
Antonio Galloni

The 2005 Roero Bric Valdiana (Nebbiolo) sparkles on the palate with layers of gorgeous, perfumed fruit. There is superb density and depth to this elegant Nebbiolo. The tannins soften with air, making it a delicious and tasty wine to enjoy now and over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2013.

2004 - Roero Bric Valdiana
Almondo is an excellent source for varietally true, expressive wines from Roero. The red Roeros are particularly impressive this year.

Rating: 91 points
Antonio Galloni

The estate’s 2004 Roero Bric Valdiana possesses an explosive, spiced bouquet along with layers of dark raspberries, strawberries and flowers that open in the glass. This superb, elegant Roero reveals outstanding definition as well as finesse, which places it easily among the region’s top wines. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2016.

2003 - Roero Bric Valdiana
Almondo is one of my favorite producers in the area. His Arneis Bricco delle Ciliege (see Issue 5) and Roero Bric Valdiana are terrific wines that are well worth the effort of finding, and which offer a great introduction to the wines of these unique terroirs.

Rating: 90 points
Antonio Galloni

2003 Roero Bric Valdiana-Dark ruby. The 2003 Bric Valdiana demonstrates just how great Roero can be. It shows a captivating, expansive nose of spices, sweet fruit, menthol, and minerals, along with generous macerated cherry flavors and excellent length on the palate. A reference-level wine for the appellation and a great starting point for readers interested in exploring the Nebbiolos of Roero, although the tannins are a bit aggressive at the moment and this will take some time to come together. 90+ /drink after 2008, 11/05

2002 - Roero Bric Valdiana
Almondo is an excellent source for varietally true, expressive wines from Roero. The red Roeros are particularly impressive this year.

Rating: 87 points
Antonio Galloni

2002 Roero Bric Valdiana-Dark ruby. Almondo’s 2002 Bric Valdiana is an excellent effort for the vintage. It displays pretty notes of flowers, mint, spices, minerals and sweet dark fruit on a medium-bodied frame with good structure and balance. 87/drink now-, 11/05

2001 - Roero Bric Valdiana

Rating: 88 points
D. Thomases

The 2001 Roero Bric Valdiana, a bright garnet with aromas of dried roses, tar, and minerals, is long and solid in flavor, with balanced tannins which support and sustain the flow and attractive mineral, tar, and black cherries notes on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2014.

1998 - Roero Bric Valdiana

Rating: 88 points
D.Thomases

The charming 1998 Roero Bric Valdiana reveals a classic Nebbiolo bouquet of floral rose water, sweet cherries, tobacco, and tar. Round and supple, with a sweet attack, this delicious 1998 will drink well for 3-4 years.