Dark red, pale edge. Plum, tar and tobacco bouquet. Dark plum, concentrated palate, medium weight. Tannin is a little grippy as per expectation and finish is perfumed but not very long. A very fine bottle.
Opened and poured a taste about 30 minutes before our entrees arrived. Plenty of fruit remaining in this bottle on both the nose and palate. Hints of rose petals and spice in the bouquet. Nicely integrated at this point, with flavors of dusty red fruit, lavender, potpourri and warm spices. Finishes very well. A very pretty wine at this stage.
Had along with the 2006 Antiyal(Chilean bordeaux blend) on a "lark" as the last tasting note stated that it was "over the hill". Ours was not quite there, but drink now. Still had life/fruit/tannins/earth but I was glad we did not make it the star. Great wine to "waste" on our good friends and wine lovers John & Iris.
Possible flawed? Decanted the bottle 45 minutes prior to serving with dinner. Decanter showed more sediment than I have ever seen, and it was quite lumpy sediment (lots of large clumps of sediment).
Wine opened up a bit after decanting. Nothing spectacular. Nose of black olive, tabacco, earth, and black current. It also has some disagreeable tartness to the nose.
Flavor was also nothing spectacular. Some black fruit, again some olive, and some spices. Well integrated tannins, with a finish of about 15 seconds. Again, some tartness on the flavor that seemed a bit off.
To be fair this bottle of wine may have been flawed. Cork completely disintegrated when using cork screw openner. Ended up pushing some cork into the bottle. I would recommend that people not use a cork screw opener on this wine and instead use the two pronged tool that slides on either side of the cork between the bottle and cork.
If I had opened and consumed immediately I would have been somewhat disappointed. Initially there was only a faint, light fruity aroma but no floral notes. Decanted and then tried after 30 minutes. There were no signs of age in the pigments. Nothing showing through on the nose at this stage: light bodied, not fruity; moderate tannins and quite high acidity, throwing the wine out of balance.
After 2 hours the wine had bodied up a lot and had started to come together nicely. Quite fragrant after 3 hours, full-bodied and fruity in a modern style of Barolo with medium-long finish. Nice wine once given the chance to open up.
I would expect the wine to keep this level for a few years but without much scope for improvement. Enjoy it now or over the coming 2-3 years.
Non-blind. Had immediately at Za-Za in Firenze. It was impossible to get the cork out of the 1st btl. Second btl was tough to get the cork out of, but our waitress managed to wriggle it out after a tough fight. Impression: Outstanding with bells and whistles. Rich, plummy nose. Velvety, rich plummy taste with integrated tannin. Slick, streamlined, rich, breathtaking lushness of a mature wine made of ultra ripe grapes. No violets nor tar. Actually missing the multitude of aromas we'd expected. But the unbelievable structure alone is worth a visit to this one! Will be with us for many years to come. (A btl of Vigna la Rosa from the 70'ies was my eye-opener for the power of restrained elegance, and what it means. So I hold this vineyard in a dear and revered place.)
Stubborn cork. Opened 2 hours before drinking. Not much fruit. More earthy with charcoal notes. Moderate tannins. A nice wine but my least favorite of the 3 Fontanafredda Baroli. Not nearly as good as the last bottle I had in 2007 which leads me to believe that this bottle was slightly off. 86-87 points
Italian Nebbiolos (Scott's house): nose: a bit stinky, there might have been something off about this bottle. Not corked, though. The nose was reminiscent of stinky tar, but with herbs too. The palate was silky smooth and quite lovely. Would have been an excellent bottle minus the stink. unrated.
My Wifes Birthday Dinner: This is a single vineyard wine from the Serralunga d'Alba region. The vineyard gets its name from the wild roses that bloom on the walls of a house near the vineyard. Fontanafredda is one of the largest producers of Barolo. This wine is among 4 vineyard designate wines at the top of this estates pecking order. This wine received the Tre Bicchieri award form Gambero Rosso. I poured this at dinner with the main course of beef tenderloin in a smoked paprika based dry rub with grilled asparagus and scalloped potatos with goat cheese. A little whiff of alcohol on the nose at first but it blew off. Slightly bitter edge. Medium to full body with rather integrated tannins. Black currant and cocoa notes. Deliciously round wine. Great with the tenderloin. 92-93 points.