92 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2013 Barolo is a wine of deep intensity and full-force flavors. In contrast to virtually every other Barolo producer, Parusso’s wines strive to downplay the high acidity found in Nebbiolo and accentuate (by a large margin) the grape’s noble tannins. This wine sees anywhere from 50% to 70% stem inclusion and the fruit goes through a mild dehydration process before fermentation. The wine’s flavor and color profiles have been greatly enhanced as a result. This Barolo from a relatively mild vintage opens to a dark garner color and delivers bold aromas of blackberry preserves, Spanish cedar and spice. The wine makes a bold statement with impenetrable structure (especially now in its youth) and thick density. It needs to age. It is nowhere near approachable now.
91 pointsJames Suckling
A soft and velvety young Barolo with light sweet-tobacco, rose-petal and strawberry character. Full to medium body and a fresh finish. Give it three to four years to soften.