TN: Barbaresco, Barolo, Ridge +

Pranzos
Tasted Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Loren Sonkin with 124 views

Introduction

Went out to dinner with two other couples. BYO. Non blind and non geeky.

Flight 1 (1 Note)

  • 2010 Tablas Creek Vermentino 89 Points

    USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles

    I really like this wine. Its been a while since I have had the opportunity to try it. Light golden in color. Very mineral driven nose, also has some tangerine and a bit of lanolin. On the palate, the minerality follows thru. Some citrus. Slight bitter note in a good way. Very nice mouth-feel. Food friendly.

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Flight 2 (4 Notes)

  • 2000 La Spinetta (Rivetti) Barbaresco Vürsù Vigneto Gallina 93 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco

    Decanted for about 30 minutes. Ruby in color. The nose is very nice with cherries, dust, roses and some earthy/sweaty notes. Full bodied. The oak on this, so prevalent on release, is very integrated now. It is still young, but starting to show some complex layering. No harm in drinking now and there is a lot of fruit, but no hurry on this. Very satisfying.

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  • 2001 Montaribaldi Barbaresco Sori Montaribaldi 91 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco

    Pop and poured, this is not ready yet. Ruby/purple in color. The nose has lots of dark cherries, some tar and roses. Not that big. On the palate, this took some time to open up. As it was the last wine of the night this never really got a chance. Still, it is very good right now, just primary. More dark cherries on the palate. Nice balance.

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  • 1996 Parusso Barolo Mariondino 93 Points

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo

    Not quite at peak yet. It is drinking well and showing some complexity, but kept improving and opening up at the table (pop and pour). Cherries, some dried cherries, roses and black licorice. Nice acidity that worked well with food. Layering on the palate. No hurry on this.

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  • 2004 Ridge Lytton Springs 91 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley

    I think this got a few hours of slow ox before being brought to the restaurant. I am a fan of these wine; young or old. This is showing some development. A nose of black raspberries, dark cherries, some oak, and some red licorice. On the palate, smooth and easy to drink. Some layered complexity. Past its youthful stage and drinking with some maturity.

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Flight 3 (2 Notes)

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