I was promised a dinner of Beef Short Ribs alongside this Barolo by some old friends. No formal tasting notes were taken but from memory- medium garnet in the glass with some bricking on the edges and a slow moving set of legs on the walls. The nose was seductive with aromas of red cherry, mushroom, leather, tobacco, cloves and forest floor. The palate was showing layers of tertiary flavors alongside a crisp acidity and very svelte tannins. This 12 year old Nebbiolo has matured beautifully and the earthy, savory notes have started to overtake the once powerful tart cherry notes I know this wine had in youth. It’s still there, but not so fresh, not so prominent. The mushroom component was quite exciting to me, it’s not very often I get to notice this development. Forest floor, tobacco and leather complement the umami note. On the mid palate, this medium weight wine has great transition and the faint cherry note reappears. Adding some acidity on the finish, what is left of the fruit balances the earthy tertiary notes whilst the last vestiges of tannin balance out the acidity. It’s a magnificent wine that once got 94 points from the pros. I would agree. It can still be found for under a hundo on the www. Drink soon with some rich, layered stews or pastas. 5 stars. Salut….
Medium garnet colored this Nebbiolo has some thick legs in the glass (14.5% ABV). The nose has pronounced aromas of leather, cherry, dusty earth, licorice and coffee. Charred oak is evident and there is a perfumed floral note as well. The palate is dry with medium (+) acidity and medium tannins. Full bodied, this delicious wine has flavors of tart cherry, red currant, pomegranate, leather, dusty earth, tar and coffee. The oaky note is very faint. It finishes long and a touch tart with grippy tannins. Still relatively young at 4 years, it will cellar nicely and drink till 2030 at the least. I think it gets 92 points and for $32 it’s a 5 star wine. I am pairing it with slow cooked beef roast and trimmings. Salut….
Bordering on medium garnet- Nebbiolo typically shows this color even when but a few years old. The nose gives off charming aromas of red cherry, dried herbs, cranberry, coffee, a touch of tar and some violet. The palate is dry with high acidity and medium (+) tannins. A full body and luscious flavors of red fruit, some sour cherry and the nuances of oak, tar and floral violets. The finish is purely sour cherry, tannins and juicy acidity with some smooth yet powerful tannins. It is medium in length and balanced. For a young Barolo it is drinking nicely already and will mature over time to give tertiary notes hopefully. 90 points from me and for $36 it gets 4 stars. Drink till 2029. Salut….
This Nebbiolo is rather young at 5 years old but I have a hankering for something to go with our Tenderloin tonight. It’s bordering on garnet but is clearly a pale shade. The nose is of medium intensity and has aromas of steeped cherry, cooked strawberry compote, leather, dried herbs, coconut and charred oak. Classic Barolo components- I’m excited to taste.
The palate is dry and tart, as expected. The tannins are present but you can tell they have softened from their youth and are nicely integrating. Medium (+) intensity flavors of cherry, leather, herbs, a medicinal note (from the oak presumably) and kirsch are noted. Medium bodied- this wine has high acidity and a nice finish, albeit rather grippy and tart. These are all qualities to look forward to in this varietal. The wine is obviously still young and needs time to flesh out and gain more tertiary notes but it will drink nicely with our Beef and would pair well with stews and game. I’m not convinced that it’s a 92 point wine as awarded by one pro, more like an 89 point effort that gets 3 stars for it’s $30 price point. I have a few more in the cellar and will spread them out over the next few years. Salut….
The Nebbiolo grape is very deceiving. In the glass it is see-through and pale garnet in color yet I know what to expect when we first taste this one. The nose gives me gobs of red cherry, cranberry, strawberry, spice and some caramel. On the palate it’s exactly what I was expecting and hoping for. Richly tannic, mouthwateringly acidic and delicious with red fruits galore. Cherries, strawberries, mouth searing tannins, and enough acidity to melt nuts and bolts. The mid palate allows the fruit to shine whilst the tannins and acid step aside momentarily. The finish is a really dry affair but I still get red fruits- the tannins are searing. This young wine needs a bunch of time in the cellar or a good aerating. It will last a long time if cellared correctly and will hopefully gain some tertiary flavors as we have already seen with a touch of Caramel on the nose,( which did not translate onto the palate). 93 points for me make this a big wine. At $40, it’s at the lower end for most good Barolos and gets 5 stars from me. Drink from 2025 to 2035. Salut….
This Barolo is relatively young at five years but I wanted to try it. In the glass it’s almost got a touch of orange and is completely see-through. The nose is intriguing with cherry, sandalwood and a little bit of Bergamot. The initial palate is definitely fruity with some astringency hitting my gums right off the bat. Very strong cherry flavors alongside cedar notes and black tea. The tannins are really starting to grip on the midpalate but I am enjoying the bright red fruit flavors that accompany. Towards the finish I get more of a cola taste with some lively acidity to balance or attempt to balance the very dense tannins. 91 points for this young Nebbiolo blend that runs $30 making it a 4 star effort. Drink from 2022 till 2027 with pasta, steaks or grilled poultry. Salut….
I asked the group to decant this Nebbiolo for several hours before we met for tasting #15. I did not want to fight with a tannic beast and felt it best to go against my norm and give it a chance to soften. As expected from this varietal it was see-through with nice legs and showing a touch of bricking already. On the nose we got truffle, pepper, chocolate, dried cherry, tobacco, earth and it smelled ‘dry’. On the palate it was kinda blah. Tart cherry, tobacco and not much else going on. It was very disappointing from the hype generated by the reviews. I was hoping for a rich, beefy wine that would show off the grape but was let down. Overall I will go with 89 points and 2 stars for this $34 wine. Drink till 2028. Salut….
This young Nebbiolo is 50% opaque and has a beautiful crimson hue in the glass. Thick legs bely the potent 15% alcohol. On the nose I get cranberries, cherry, anise and leather- textbook. On the palate it is delicious, if not young. The tannins are formidable but I manage to break through the barrier and taste Bing cherries, leather, espresso and black tea. The tannins are gripping on the mid-palate, so much so that the top of my gums feel abused by rough hewn rope. The finish is a terrifically dry affair but the red fruits come through as does a balancing acidity. This is a delicious infant of a monster wine. With proper aeration, decating or extended cellaring it will soften and develop into a beautiful bottle. For now, you will need to pair it with a fatty meat, like I am with Rack of Lamb- or decant over a full day. 93 points from me as I see the potential in this wine and look forward to our next meeting. At $55 it is typically priced for a Barolo, which are never cheap. I am going with 5 stars as I think this one will reward some patience and be delicious by 2025. Drink till 2033. Salut….
Semi opaque with a dark red hue. On the nose I get dark cherries, beautiful oak, raspberry and dried herbs. On the palate there’s an immediate thrust of leather, tobacco and cherry. It is a touch tart but mouthwatering. The cherry theme continues onto the mid palate where I also get a good thwack of tannins. Wow, this wine is a cherub. Creosote, black plums and that tart cherry all mingle on the palate and I sense this wine is not yet close to maturity. The finish is long, tannic, tart and fruity with those cherries galore, some sage and more leather. I regret opening this wine so young, but I will get more for the cellar. Tonight I will pair it with Sous Vide Ribeyes, probably the best combo I could think of for this tannic monster Nebbiolo. Drink from 2025 to 2030 at the least. 92 points and 5 stars for this $39 beauty. Salut….
Semi opaque medium tint of purple. I get a delicious whiff of black cherry, cedar, tobacco and spice box. On the palate the wines visual and nose bely it’s power and structure. It has a very forward stab of fruit alongside a crescendo of tannins that present cherries, lingonberry and leather on the initial palate. The tannins sear my gums and carry me to the midpalate of more stark red fruits and that earthy component. The finish- dry AF, really has some juiciness to it. The cherries are the dominant force battling the astringency. This wine is a cherub, the tannins almost too much at this stage but I feel this wine will evolve in the next 5-10 years. I’m going with 92 points but either decant the hell out of it or put it away for a long time. $30 and 4 stars for this Nebbiolo. Drink from 2024-2034. Salut….