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….
I wanted to introduce our virtual tasting group to this varietal- Barbera. Unfortunately it was quite tart and that threw people off. It is an opaque wine which conjured up ideas of a brooding, tannic wine when quite the opposite was discovered. The group noted aromas of tar, cherry, cherry coke, luxardo cherries, coffee, tobacco and cola. The flavors we encountered were sour cherry, Dr. Pepper, tobacco, red currant and raspberry. Medium bodied, it had a short finish and was tart the whole time. 90 points for this $40 wine made it a 3 star effort. I subsequently drank it two nights later and it was far better, perhaps worthy of a bump in score. Drink till 2028 with something like breaded veal cutlets or an Alfredo dish, staying away from high acid foods with red pasta sauce. 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 usually pick a lighter style wine to go early in the Virtual Wine Tasting Company’s lineup, it’s normally a Pinot but this time I selected a Barbera d’Alba. I thought the varietal closely mimicked the lightness and flavor profile of Pinot but I was off the mark with this particular bottle. It was very dark red in the glass with medium opacity and very fine legs that showed off it’s whopping 15% alcohol. On the nose the tasters got black licorice, blackberry, currants, cherry cola and ‘Shrinky Dink’. I could smell the alcohol a mile away and the flavors came forth out of the glass with no coaxing needed. I made a note of ‘intense black fruit flavors’ on my own.
The palate showed black cherry and licorice with light tannins but the flavors were jammy and deep. The finish was slightly dry with caressing tannins and juicy acidity. I really enjoyed this wine and gave it 16 points on my tasting sheet. Technically translated- that would be a 91 point effort for this $33 beauty that gets 5 stars from me. Drink till 2028 with lighter fare. Quote of the night – “Water running over moss covered rocks.” He obviously did not enjoy it as much as I! Salut….
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….