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Monday, November 7, 2005 - Sunday evening decided it was time for a taste of aged nebbiolo. I wasn't up for opening a top tier bottle, but had a few of these in the celllar that I figured ought to be at peak. I bought them knowing the quality of the Cerequio vineyard, and figuring that even a less well known producer might have done something worth tasting in that vintage from that site. As it turns out, I was right! Opened the bottle at 3:30 pm, poured half into a split and put it into the fridge, let the other half sit in the bottle in the cellar. A light-to-medium bodied wine, soft dusty garnet in color, nose not very revealing at first, giving up a lot of tar and spice and herbs and rose after a bit. In the mouth it didn't have the complexity or depth of a Conterno or Giacosa, but it nonetheless delivered a lot: delicious tanins, sweet fruit with a lasting finish, brambly notes of tea, crushed roses, and tar. A well made wine that held its own and continued to improve on the second night. By the last glass, it was showing all it had and was, perhaps, a bit tired. But a nice reminder of the pleasures of a well-aged barolo, and what even a less prominent winemaker can do in good years.

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