Tasted Saturday, December 18, 2010 - Sunday, December 19, 2010 by CWilliam with 1,132 views
We put together a tasting of young (2000 - 2006) Barolo and Brunellos at the Haslam's house. Olives, cheeses & grilled skirt steak (salt & pepper rub) were served with the wines. We tasted in 4 flights of 2 - wines were served blind and we revealed each set of wines after tasting them. Unsurprisingly, there was no clear cut winner between Barolo or Brunello and both of the favorite wines of the night were from the 2000 (Barolo) and 2001 (Brunello) vintages. Given these wines were young some of the higher rated wines did not show as well as their professional rating would suggest. All of the wines were enjoyable but the group's two favorite wines of the note were the Poggio Antico - Altera 2001 (Brunello - the WOTN) and the Rocche Dei Manzoni Vigna d' la Roul 2000 Barolo. There was one ringer, a 2004 Chiati Classico Riserva that showed very well (Fattoria Le Fonti) and was received more favorably than the Brunello (which was very good) that it was tasted against.
Unless noted, all wines were decanted for 3+ hours prior to the tasting. Additionally, my notes were a little lacking towards the end of the tasting. All ratings are mine and not generated by the group.
Special thaks to the Haslams for hosting this event.