Quite see-through with a darker purple hue in the glass. The nose has violets, cherry essence, bramble and leather. On the palate it is fruity, lighter than expected and a touch dry. Blueberry is the primary flavor alongside some cedar plank and those violets. The tannins start to really grip on the mid palate to go along with the blue fruit compote and wood. The wine finishes strong, with the tannins really getting stuck in and the gums really getting pounded. The fruit remains for a while but is eclipsed by the 60 second plus grip of the astringency. Very young wine, but thoroughly enjoyable if you like ‘em dry. I would personally drink this wine now with veal chops on the grill, a heavy duty pasta dish or perhaps Moroccon lamb in the tagine. If you have patience, this one will mellow nicely for a few years and be presentable from 2024- 2030. 91 points, $35 and 4 stars for this Nebbiolo. Salut….
See through but with slight bricking. I noticed the cork had signs of possible seepage which gives me cause for concern. Here goes….
On the nose – it’s corked. I even tasted it….done. Luckily I’m not far from the shop so I returned it .
The second bottle looks much better in the glass. Light, see through purple. On the nose it is not very open. I’m struggling to swirl some life into it and all I get is faint cherries, some capsicum and carrot. Yes, carrot. On the palate this Nebbiolo starts off with some lush, medium tannins and a dollop of cherry juice. It’s not subtle. The mid palate has more breadth with cherries, currants, a touch of fresh oak and sassparilla. The finish is quite dry with the tannins still in full force. There is a woody note alongside red fruits and cinnamon. Tasty but restrained, I feel this wine might be hibernating. It should improve with age and drink nicely till 2028. 90 points and 3 stars for this $25 effort. Salut….
It pours out as expected, reddish purple, see through and intriguing. On the nose I get strawberry, rhubarb and sour cherry juice. On the palate this wine is very young with copious tannins immediately attacking the gums- finally giving way to lush cherry, cinnamon, cedar box, leather and tobacco flavors. This wine is chock full of everything- flavors, dryness, acidity…. you name it. Very interesting mouthfeel to boot. It really needs a pour through the Vinturi, but I can’t help myself with these tannins, they are so intriguing and mouth puckering that I will have to sit here and suffer a little longer before I soften them up. The mid palate is all sour cherry, not in a bad way. The finish is much of the same… cherry, leather, mushrooms, acidity, mouth puckering tannins but it eases off nicely. This is going to be an awesome wine one day when it has grown up, shed the flab, softened the tannins and developed secondary flavors. For now I am going with 92 points and 4 stars. This Nebbiolo lists at $80 and should be cellared until 2024 then drunk till 2034. Salut….
My second try at the Andrea Roberto Barolo. Murky, dark and a touch cloudy. The nose offers up raisin, black cherry and a woodsy note. The palate is smooth, tannic and very juicy with black fruits, tar, lapsang souchong tea. The mid palate has a really full mouthfeel, almost syrupy. Black berry reduction, more tea, black this time, and creosote hit the gums. The finish is long, alluring and chock full of dark, brooding fruit, gum searing tannins and teeth staining purple goodness. 92 points and still young. $40 now, it gets 4 stars. Salut….
Very pale and see through, just like a Pinot. On the nose I get crushed cherry, strawberry and slate. Kinda like Pinot! On the palate it’s different, much more brooding than lets on. The flavor profile is more strawberry but I get a dark fruit note as well. Tannins are grippy and give the wine a juicy mouthfeel. The finish is generous with dark fruits coming through on its medium length. This wine needs a bit of time, 2019-2027. It gets 91 points from me and for the $45 list price- a 4 star effort. Salut….
I’m not a huge Barbaresco fan, I have to admit. Not because I don’t like it, I just don’t know anything about it. I am trying to broaden my palate and saw this offer come up, it was only $20 and got a good score- worth a punt as they say.
It shows well in the glass, a thick purple, somewhat opaque but healthy looking. The nose offers up a really nice Old World funk that I love. Plum, cherry pie and some oak are all present. I’m looking forward to this Nebbiolo….
On the palate I am pleasantly surprised, I think I like Barbaresco! This wine has depth and lots of fruit flavor. Rich plums, black berries, some black olives and an earthy component give way to some very well ingrained tannins. They take over on the mid palate and really dry out the gums. It is a nice sensation and makes for a long lived wine which has enough acidity to balance the package out. The berry fruit comes out again on the finish with an oak hit. The tannins are really searing by now, which makes this wine beg for a hearty Ragu, maybe a Ribeye steak. I’m guessing this wine is only a youngster and will develop for many years, gaining complexity and tertiary flavors. Drink now if you like them bold, dry and tannic, but cellar till 2022 for a more mellow affair. I think this wine is worthy of 91 points, and 5 stars! Salut….
A gift from a neighbor, I was not sure what to expect. A slight bricking on the edges of an otherwise pale purple sheen. On the nose, a beautiful bouquet of mushroom, cherry and bacon. On the palate, strawberry, cherry and upfront tannins. The mid palate reveals more cherries, but darker this time. The tannins are really starting to grip and the wine finishes very dry indeed. The gaminess I sensed on the nose has all but disappeared, taken over by brutish tannins. This is not a delicate wine, nor is it very fruit forward anymore. But it is good. In its own way, this wine exudes power and poise at the expense of fruit and finesse. I am going with 91 points for this $50 wine. 4 stars. Salut….
I got this bottle as a gift and thought I would open it to pair with some hearty pasta. The wine turns out to command a lofty price in excess of $50, and got decent scores from the pros. Here’s my take:
Slight bricking on the edges with a coppery tint in the glass. A delightful nose of cherry and earth. The first taste is sour cherry and green peppers. The acidity that this wine opens with carries on through to the mid palate. Right now it is one dimensional. There are some good tannins that round the wine out but to be honest it is too young. 89 points from me and pretty much a pass unless it shapes up and gets a little bit of flab, some more fruit and a little less acidity. This may happen if it gets some bottle age and nature is kind. 2 stars from me. Salut….
A very young wine that the critics loved. I popped this one because of the Italian nature of dinner tonight. I figured I would go to the Barolo for a themed feast of tomato chicken, spaghetti squash and salad with an avocado starter. It worked a treat…
Violet in the glass and showing a lightness and agility reminiscent of Pinot Noir, it had similar characteristics on the nose. Cherry bouquet with thyme and some coffee came jumping out of the glass. I need to remind myself of the first aged Barolo I tasted…. It was in Alaska and my buddy Mr. Leebering brought it for a Christmas dinner back in 2006. It was a ’97 Ratti that blew me over with it’s seductiveness and complexity. The amazing part of the adventure was my total lack of knowledge in Barolo territory. I did not realize Barolo takes on such Pinot flavors and nuances. I digress….
The wine tasted of tart cherries, cranberry, leather and Muduro. It is a young wine with sprite tannins and a juicy mouthfeel from the beautiful acidity. WS and others gave this wine a whopping 94 points. I can’t see it personally. I am going with 92 and for $50 it is a 4 star wine on one condition- cellar it for at least 5 more years to allow it to meld into the mature Barolo I feel it is capable of becoming. Patience will reward on this one. Serve with meatballs and red sauce for the best results. Salut….
From the Langhe region in Piedmont comes this Nebbiolo/Barbera blend. Big Horn’s wife Ronny brought this offering to the weekend retreat. Typically Nebbiolo is a fruity and full flavored grape that matures to a Burgundy-like silkiness after a few years in the cellar. Barbera is a lighter more acidic grape with lower tannin levels.
This particular wine was rather thin on the flavor profile and did not have the weight I would have expected. It was almost pink in color and very see-through. Cherry-like nose and red currants came through on the palate with a touch of dryness from the tannins. It was pleasant enough but lacked any secondary fruit and is obviously not built to cellar. Ronny pointed out the hidden 14.7% alcohol on the label which did not show up in the glass. I would have thought that such a high level would translate into more depth and extraction. This wine can be found for $15 but only got an 85 out of me and 3 stars. Unfortunately the retreat has ended and we dash back to reality tonight after the long drive home. Salut….